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SALFORD COUNCIL OPERA SPEND IN FACE OF CUTS
 

Star date: 14th December 2010
A Salford Star Exclusive

£150,000 ON OPERA AS SALFORD FACES HUGE CUTS TO SERVICES

Salford City Council is proposing to spend £150,000 on an opera at The Lowry next year, while inevitably making cuts to public services.

Last night the ConDem Coalition Government announced that Salford Council's funding would be slashed by over £30million. Today the Salford Star can reveal that the Council is planning to spend £150,000 towards commissioning an opera for the Manchester International Festival.

Full details here…


It was back in October that the Salford Star first revealed that Salford City Council was planning to commission an opera at The Lowry for next year's Manchester International Festival.

The opera, called The Life and Death of Marina Abramović "a biography of the grandmother of performance art re-imagined by visionary director Robert Wilson" – is on for five nights at The Lowry next July, and tickets costing up to £39.50 were already on sale when we tried to find out how much it was costing Salford's council tax payers. But no-one at the Council would tell us (see the highly entertaining feature here)…

We asked under the Freedom of Information Act and, ironically on the morning after huge cuts to Salford's funding have been announced (see here), we received a reply and can reveal that the cost of the opera will be £150,000

The huge sum of money is, apparently, coming out of a budget set aside three years ago to "support the BBC move" to MediaCityUK. So far, there are no benefits to Salford's community that have been announced.

The full statement from Salford Council reads:

"The Council is proposing to spend £150k towards the total commissioning costs of The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. The Council agreed to set aside funding in 2007 to support the BBC move to the Quays and, as the festival in 2011 occurs when the BBC arrives, this funding is intended to form the basis of our proposed agreement with Manchester International Festival.  We are contributing £150k towards the production costs.
 
"We are in the process of agreeing the contractual arrangements with Manchester International Festival, which will be considered by the Leader and published in accordance with the Council's procedures."

 

 

Mike Skeffington wrote
at 10:24:00 AM on Thursday, December 16, 2010
I'm all in favour of supporting the arts in Salford, but not this particular project at this particular time. There is no shortage of local arts projects in Salford which would be happy with a couple of grand: where were the council when we needed help with my plays at Salford Arts Theatre and there are lots more around now. cooecEucuss (a made up name if ever I heard one) is correct when s/he accuses Salford people of apathy in voting, the only way to get rid of this corrupt, self-serving, inept council is at the ballot box, although whether we get anything better is open to debate.
 
Bad Wolf wrote
at 2:47:08 PM on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Re the comment below. "Take Salford council. No seriously, take Salford council"
 
cooecEucuss wrote
at 1:01:53 AM on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
A night at the opera with merry warmisham and lancaster in place of the marx bRothers How on earth can this council continue to get returned to office people in salford must be the most apathetic lazy or dumb voters in the land or thEre is no oppoSition alternative to alliw this mob to continue in office all you who can take the easy way ouut and movE south as I have done then you only nEed to read this stuff rather actuAlly pay for it as well
 
debbie wrote
at 1:29:12 PM on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 9:33:59 AM on Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I can just hear them now; "yes we know we have just sacked you, but just think how much more time you will have to go to the ballet & the opera". Do they share a communal brain cell down at the funhouse? For ordinary folk when things get a bit tight we spend less money in the pub or cut back on those little luxuries that make life in this armpit of a country tolerable. The clowns running the circus seem oblivious to the reality faced by the vast majority of the citizens of Salford.
 
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