Subsidies for 2010: €15,781,767.87. Spectators season 2010-2011: 143,787. Even if you allow for some of the 2011 spend coming from 2011’s subsidy, which is reduced, you’re still probably talking over €100 pp.
Their total budget was €16,081,767.87, so they took roughly 98% subsidy. I don’t know the finances of Spanish companies, but the British National Theatre generates roughly half of income from box office. How much do other regional/national companies (eg Madrid) get per punter? Is their crap as bad as Sergi Belbel’s?
Would you continue spending 15 million on nights out for the oligarchy, or would you, for example, choose to do something about child poverty (ca 25%), which, by damaging the educational prospects of those affected, is going to be a major drag on the region’s future competitiveness?
(You could of course simply return the money to taxpayers and let them make up their own minds about how to spend it. Fat chance.)
- Barcelona debt
“Clos!” mutters a wealthy neighbour every time it rains, confident that doom is imminent for Barcelona’s dentally salient mayor. In fact
- Worst ever theatre experience
Sergi Belbel’s A la Toscana, last night, first night at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, of which Mr Belbel is the
- Annals of curious municipal arithmetic, part whatever
Just because you take EU funds to renovate historical monuments doesn’t mean you have to open them to the public thereafter.
- Coals to Newcastle, or the great Spanish electricity export swindle
If Spain is selling electricity to France, how come Spanish consumer prices are 50% higher than north of the border?
- Crisis, what crisis?
Rodolfo de Angelis’ great 1930s hit explains how to get ourselves out of the mess we’ve got ourselves into.