Construct a Theatre for Emerging Performance Arts in Botswana

Construct a Theatre for Emerging Performance Arts in Botswana

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Nakakwashe Mogatsaseno started this petition to Ministry of Sports Youth and Culture

Theatre and performing arts are immensely important to the economy of any country and the communities in general. The Travel and Tourism sector can benefit from the cultural exchange brought about by arts and culture.

I need not mention the picture of job creation that will also come with this.  Also, like any form of art, Batswana will have a chance to appreciate the hard work of the performers, directors, set designers and production staff. The film school in Botswana AWIL College (formerly known as AFDA) will also benefit from this as it is a platform for producing students who are ready for the market.

The US Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that 3.2 percent of US GDP (around US$ 504 billion) is attributable to arts and culture (compared with the entire US travel and tourism industry, which accounts for 2.8 percent of GDP). Alongside this, Americans for the Arts also showed that the arts and cultural industries support over 5.4 million jobs in the US alone

This picture of economic impact and significance is the same in country after country, around the world- and doesn’t even begin to include the intangible- the social capital brought to communities as a result of the existence of arts.

In delivering the budget speech for 2020, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr Thapelo Matsheka had mentioned that “…to achieve the level of growth needed to move this country from the current middle-income trap, there is need for continued investment in appropriate infrastructure, which is critical in enhancing productivity and economic growth.”

He further went on to accentuate the importance of the comparative advantage having a  performance theater would bring in the country- for the arts and cultural sector- by saying “…the creative industry sector can and has the potential to brand and market Botswana, as well as contribute towards job creation and economic diversification.”

This therefore is a petition to ask the Government of Botswana to build a structure for Theater as a way of recognizing the creative industry as having the potential growth point to diversify the economy.

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