Council committed to cultural gems

Councillors have today voiced their support for a new start for the city’s cultural gems.

With potential options for new management arrangements for the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd. on the table, councillors are set to take decisive action when they meet next week.

Members of the council’s executive board are being asked to approve a wide-ranging review for the future direction of the company which manages the Grand Theatre, the City Varieties and Hyde Park Picture House.

If approved, the council will explore the possibilities of managing the organisation in-house, moving to a single independent trust, handing over to a commercial operator or to retain the status quo.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“The time is right to review how we manage some of the best cultural assets in the city. We’ll be examining the options available to us and reports that come back to us very carefully so that the most effective model of operation is adopted.

“Our minds are firmly set on supporting the city's cultural assets so that they have a secure and stable future. With the unprecedented financial challenges we’re facing, it’s vital that the Grand is on a secure financial footing and that it has a sustainable future.

“The Grand plays an incredibly important role in the city’s history and we’re keen to ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from its rich and diverse programme.”

The full report outlining the potential options for the Trust’s future can be found at http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s118644/Grand%20Theatre%20Cover%20Report%20030714.pdf


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