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Support for Bus Stop Theatre
Culture and the arts are important to Nova Scotians and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities and our economy. That is why the province is investing $355,000 to help the Bus Stop Theatre complete major renovations.
“The renovations support not only the Bus Stop Theatre but also the more than 70 different groups and shows that use its space annually,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “This space is vital to the Bus Stop Theatre’s operations and to those of many organizations who have a need for affordable performance and rehearsal space in Halifax.”
The province’s contribution will help the Bus Stop Theatre complete major renovations once the building is acquired from its current owners. The work will include renovations to the front facade, lobby, theatre space and dressing rooms as well as electrical and plumbing upgrades.
“It is through small, but vital pieces of cultural infrastructure like Bus Stop Theatre that many artists in Nova Scotia develop their craft and establish their careers. In 2019, the Bus Stop hosted over 150 public events and welcomed over 16,500 audience members looking to experience both local talent and touring artists visiting our community. The Bus Stop’s legacy is strong and we are very excited that our province is making an investment that will ensure our continued success and through us, the success of countless cultural and community projects.”
– Sébastien Labelle, executive director, The Bus Stop Theatre Cooperative
“The Bus Stop Theatre is a perfect space for cultural events in Halifax. Because of the facilities, its size and atmosphere, as well as the professional service offered by the staff, the francophone community of Nova Scotia often makes use of this special place for its artistic presentations.”
– Hughie Batherson, bilingual Acadian comedian
— the Bus Stop Theatre is a multi-use performance venue located on Gottingen Street in Halifax. The theatre has been in operation since 2003
— it is the only independently operated, accessible, professionally equipped, flexible performance space in Halifax and is a resource for emerging and professional artists and organizations
— the Bus Stop Theatre can seat 75 to 90 people for performances, depending on configuration and has an occupancy of 149 people
— funding for the Bus Stop Theatre renovations is from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage’s 2019-20 budget
— in Nova Scotia, the culture sector is valued at $929 million and provides more than 13,000 jobs