Burngreave Messenger.
Issue 41 May 2004


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Dear Messenger,

I have to take rappers, breakdancers, singers and songwriters to perform at Memorial Hall, Crucible Studio/Theatre and outside Sheffield, when I could have used all this to pump money back into to our area. The creative/cultural industry is one of the fastest growing industries and we have the talent in Burngreave but we lack vision.

True, not all ideas can go into Vestry Hall, but it is foolish to say that Vestry Hall is the focal point and then use it for learning experience. People need to have a learning experience in Sorby House, Spectrum Centre and other centres and bring it all back into the Vestry Hall to showcase, and people in and out of Sheffield will pay to watch and see. Such monies can be pumped back in to Vestry Hall to pay for Burngreave artists that can’t afford art space, that need a focal point to exhibit their work. It can also be used to film such performance and that prepares for future film producers, scriptwriters, and the place for future art directors.

Schools would pay for the opportunity to perform in a community theatre that has amazing acoustic sound and architectural structure. Rappers, hip hop culture, drama aimed at giving positive messages and many of our youths have stories to tell and need to be engaged. You can promote education that way and have it sustainable because it bridges with business enterprise.

The creative arts is a growing industry, bigger than you can imagine and we’re talking about a learning centre? We’re tired of projects to tick boxes! We want vision!

Adam Taha



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