Newcastle’s historic Victoria Theatre will be reinvigorated thanks to $4 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Creative Capital Program.
Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the upgrade will transform the Victoria Theatre into a world-class cultural asset and ensure the 168-year-old theatre can be enjoyed for generations to come.
“This project will cement Newcastle as a top destination for the arts in NSW and provide new opportunities for audiences to enjoy dynamic creative experiences in world-class cultural infrastructure,” Mr Franklin said.
Performances are on track to return to the historic location within 12 months, bringing 170,000 visitors, artists and staff to the theatre in its first three years.
“This is an important cultural infrastructure project for Newcastle that will shape its future as a destination for arts and culture and enhance experiences for audiences and visitors alike.
“Cultural equity is at the heart of the NSW Government’s Creative Capital program and thanks a total $72 million investment, more projects like this can now come to life, providing more people with access to the best arts and culture, no matter where they live in the State.”
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the NSW Government’s investment would support quality arts venues for the community that would boost tourism and the Hunter economy.
“This targeted support will deliver excellent opportunities for the economy and help us provide better cultural experiences for our local audiences and visitors to enjoy.” Mr Martin said.
Executive Director of Century Venues Greg Khoury said that this capital investment by the NSW Government into the Victoria Theatre’s revival is trailblazing and will change the way that theatre infrastructure can be delivered in NSW.
“This capital investment was much needed to refurbish and bring the Victoria Theatre back to life. We applaud Minister Franklin and Create NSW for their vision and enterprise,” Mr Khoury said.
Victoria Theatre is one of 23 successful projects funded under the NSW Government’s $72 million Creative Capital program.
Further details on the Creative Capital program are available on the Create NSW website at www.create.nsw.gov.au.