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Join the discussion about how performing arts facilities might be developed in Fredericton

by on October 15, 2014

The public is invited to a special public consultation on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 pm at the Fredericton Convention Centre to discuss the future development of performing arts facilities in the city.

In January 2013, Fredericton City Council received a technical report on the condition of the Fredericton Playhouse and options for its long-term future. In the report, it was identified that although the Playhouse is being well maintained, it is deemed to be in fair to poor condition and is at the end of its useful life. An option to replace the facility was reported to be more financially and functionally feasible than extending the facility’s life with a major refurbishment.

Since June 2013, the City of Fredericton and Fredericton Playhouse Inc., the non-profit organization charged with managing and developing the facility, jointly embarked on a study to examine the long-term needs of the community with respect to performing arts facilities. The study examines the feasibility of replacing the Playhouse with a new performing arts centre that would better meet the needs of audiences and the arts community, also serving the broader goals of the community and region. Fredericton City Council has identified performing arts infrastructure as a priority for future investment.

Webb Management Services Inc, a firm specializing in cultural infrastructure projects of this nature and retained to conduct the study work, will present several development options that address needs and community goals and will lead a discussion to gather public input on each.

For more information, contact the Fredericton Playhouse at 458-8344 or admin@theplayhouse.ca.

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