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Performing Arts Centre

Artist's Impression of the PAC
The future...

What does £48m buy?

The Performing Arts Centre is a massive project; the jewel in the crown of the city's new and exciting cultural quarter. We break down exactly what you get for a £48 million investment...

Leicester City Council have described the Performing Arts Centre as “the biggest single, city council project in living memory”.

Similarly, the Arts Council have described the new centre as ‘one of the most significant theatre developments taking place in the UK today’.

The multi-million pound centre, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, is due to open to the public in 2007, and the plans were fully revealed earlier this year. The building will be finished in autumn 2007 but then it will be handed over to the operators - Leicester Theatre Trust.

PAC building site
Work on the PAC started on 20 June.

There will then be a period of fitting out with specialist equipment which will allow a theatre company to establish itself in the centre before opening its doors to the public early in 2008.

The stunning glass-fronted building will feature two auditoria seating these are 750 in main auditorium, 350 in the smaller auditorium giving total capacity of 1,100 or 1,000 if the two auditoria are used together.

But all this hype begs the question for most people - what exactly is going to be there? Read on to find out...

Projects that have already been completed, or are planned or being considered within the cultural quarter, include:

• a film and media centre, which would establish a regional film theatre in Leicester providing support for film makers and production companies. It will not be part of the PAC but will be housed in a different building

• a contemporary visual arts centre, offering increased space for major contemporary and touring exhibition.

dedicated spaces for education and community work and support for young and emerging artists

• a new music venue

• creative production facilities, including studio space for visual artists, commercial workspace for creative technology, broadcasting and media organisations and subsidised office space for the city’s ‘not for profit’ arts organisations

• Environmental improvements, including signage, landscaping works, public art and the development of public spaces.

last updated: 16/09/05
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I would like to see something dedicated to the artistic youths of the county. For the young actors/actresses, musicians annd artists.

Why you not update this site for more than a year! FU Haymarket must serve the All community of leicester so that means drama - performances in Gujarati , Hindi, P{anjabi language need for city people. we are equaly strongly contributed to city.

Satyam Joshi, DMuniversity
Can it buy new audience? Means Gujaraties people of Leicester? They are stick to own community halls and who is going to attract that city’s loyal minority people?

Juneja Hafsa
I have a hope for this venue can break the barrier and welcoming cross community to perform, play and in audience too. But spending £52 Millions is seriously not benefited to minorities (47%) at large. Mechanism to celebrate each other culture is not in a place by city council. Again this theatre will be nice for current users!

Radha Mistry
Leicester black minority ethnic desperately need stage where they perform freely. Just now 46% of local minority is ignored heavily by main stream theatres. Nice Bollywood events in new theatre.

Bret - onesidezero
Music venue all the way! Leicester music scene needs a pickup. I work in band management and Leicester needs more incentive and inspiration for local bands. Also more art conferences and exhibitions would be great.

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