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Auckland To Get New Performing Arts Venue

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Auckland is to have a new performing arts venue, with Auckland City Council confirming its contribution of $9.6 million towards Q Theatre.

The council has also committed the land and existing buildings to the project, plus ongoing operational support of up to $400,000 per year for five years.

Auckland city mayor, Hon John Banks, says Q Theatre is an asset that will help enliven the arts for all Aucklanders to experience.

"This project has been more than 10-years in the making. It's really very rewarding to see it close to fruition."

Councillor Greg Moyle, chairperson of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee, says Q Theatre will help our city's growing performing arts industry.

"The new mid-sized theatre will fill a critical gap in the city's performing arts venues by offering seating for 350 to 460 people and a flexible, multi-purpose space for innovative and contemporary performances," he says.

The estimated cost for the new theatre is $21 million. Q Theatre has raised $5.1 million including a significant grant from ASB Community Trust, and has also received $6 million from the Lottery Significant Projects Fund. The council's contribution will be committed when the final tender has been confirmed.

Susanne Ritzenhoff, Q Theatre's general manager, says the council's support of Q Theatre has been incredible.

"As a cornerstone partner, the council has enabled us to realise our vision and meet the needs of Auckland's performing arts industry," she says.

Q Theatre obtained a resource consent in early 2008, and construction is planned to start in 2009.

Q Theatre will be located at 305 Queen Street, next to the Auckland Town Hall, the Classic Comedy and Bar, and the Basement Theatre.

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