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Chapter 7 The 21st Century Venue

DOI: 10.23912/978-1-906884-20-8-1446

ISBN: 978-1-906884-20-8

Published: April 2011

Component type: chapter

Published in: Key Issues in the Arts and Entertainment Industry

Parent DOI: 10.23912/978-1-906884-20-8-1361



A fundamental ingredient of presenting quality arts and entertainment experiences to contemporary audiences is the imaginative design, management and use of the places in which they happen: the venues. This chapter will continue to explore the changing relationship between audiences, producers and presenters of live arts and entertainment by looking at the design and use of physical spaces. Whether we are talking about a large arena,a formal theatre space, a temporary performing space or a mobile cinema, many of the issues facing producers and managers are similar. This chapter will explore a number of issues affecting the design and use of spaces — large and small, formal and informal — and the current trends in venue design and management for presenting entertainment and hearts. In the course of the chapter, we will consider topics such as the history of venue design and the justifications for different venues and building processes, as well as design issues including inclusivity, sustainability,flexibility and the use of technology. Trends including the move towards intimacy and transparency will be looked at in the context of how these issues relate to key values, such as equality, community, innovation and empowerment of the individual.

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Brown, D. (2011) "Chapter 7 The 21st Century Venue" In: Walmsley, B. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/978-1-906884-20-8-1446


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