Funding from the NSW Government’s Creative Capital Program will be used to upgrade Newcastle’s historic Victoria Theatre.
The $4 million boost means performances are on track to return to the 168-year-old theatre in Perkins Street within 12 months.
“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,” Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said.
“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.”
Victoria Theatre is one of 23 successful projects funded under the NSW Government’s $72 million Creative Capital program.
Executive Director of Century Venues, who has committed to reviving the theatre, 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.
More details on the Creative Capital program can be found at the Create NSW website at create.nsw.gov.au.