Arts for a ‘minority’

First published in Letters by

ISN’T it time that the whole arts industry, including York Theatre Royal, was brought into the real world?

Opera, ballet and paintings are only patronised by a small number of the population. Why should government and local councils subsidise this minority activity? If they cannot attract enough customers by charging a ticket price that makes them economical, they must face the consequences without taxpayers’ support.

I don’t expect outside subsidy when paying the going rate to watch the many fine comedians who come to the Grand Opera House every year. Public money should never be used to fund the evening entertainment that many of our leaders like to be seen at.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington.

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11:04am Tue 29 Jan 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

What a small minded view assuming that anything remotely art or theatre related is a minority interest. In this ancient City filled with history, architecture, many excellent small private galleries exist and the City Art Gallery is experiencing large upgrade but generally after 6pm the City dies except for the restaurant and drink economy.
To attract more visitors and residents we need more not less evening activities ,and Art ,Music and Theatre fit the bill.
The proles and plebs have their booze, comedy and sport ( new stadium etc) so let those with wider horizons have a equal piece of the cake, however small in these difficult times.
What a small minded view assuming that anything remotely art or theatre related is a minority interest. In this ancient City filled with history, architecture, many excellent small private galleries exist and the City Art Gallery is experiencing large upgrade but generally after 6pm the City dies except for the restaurant and drink economy. To attract more visitors and residents we need more not less evening activities ,and Art ,Music and Theatre fit the bill. The proles and plebs have their booze, comedy and sport ( new stadium etc) so let those with wider horizons have a equal piece of the cake, however small in these difficult times. Older Sometimes Wiser
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1:20pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Agreed, a terrible view.
Agreed, a terrible view. Buzz Light-year
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7:05pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Omega Point says...

"The proles and plebs have their booze, comedy and sport ( new stadium etc) so let those with wider horizons have a equal piece of the cake, however small in these difficult times.”"

I do not agree with the letter writers but this comment is patronising snobbery
"The proles and plebs have their booze, comedy and sport ( new stadium etc) so let those with wider horizons have a equal piece of the cake, however small in these difficult times.”" I do not agree with the letter writers but this comment is patronising snobbery Omega Point
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9:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

I remember Mrs Thatcher saying 'No lame ducks and no subsidies.'

Personally, I'd rather subsidise the arts over a football stadium under the disguise of a community stadium any day.
I remember Mrs Thatcher saying 'No lame ducks and no subsidies.' Personally, I'd rather subsidise the arts over a football stadium under the disguise of a community stadium any day. ColdAsChristmas
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