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Tynwald backs £1.63m tech upgrade for VillaGaiety

Tue, 12 Dec 2023

A £1.63million technology upgrade at the Isle of Man’s two largest entertainment venues has been backed by Tynwald.

The last major overhaul of sound and lighting equipment at both the Gaiety Theatre and Villa Marina came in 1996 and 2004 respectively, with much now beyond its serviceable life.

The three year capital works project will overhaul the rigging and improve the acoustics of the venues, before modern and interchangeable lighting and sound facilities are installed.

The refit aligns with the Island Plan objectives to create a vibrant island for all and an environment to be proud of, with the new efficient LED lighting expected to half running costs.

Treasury Minister, Dr Alex Allinson MHK, said: “It will enhance and future proof these vital cultural facilities for both the audience and performers.”

Mr Allinson told Tynwald that engineers had spent years patching up equipment – but that the time has come for the current ‘obsolete, substandard and unreliable’ system to be replaced.

The project will be carried out in two phases.


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