STOP Cirque du Soleil from entering Provincetown

STOP Cirque du Soleil from entering Provincetown

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chase hiffernan started this petition to Provincetown Town Boards

Cirque du Soleil is a corporate entertainment organization seeking to pull tourists away from local shows and artist during high season here in Provincetown. They have the potential of seating 1,250 individuals for their show and running 6 shows a week. 

We need to make clear, by signing this petition, that Cirque du Soleil is NOT welcome here in Provincetown to steal away local business from the hard working performers keeping this city weird and alive.

A letter sent to Provincetown Board:

*Letter was sent to Provincetown Select Board on February 3 and pulled from Edge Media Network, read full article here

"As longtime venue operators, producers, technicians and performers who helped build Provincetown to be a thriving entertainment destination each summer for LGBT and straight audiences alike, we are asking you not to approve this initiative. Not only would it hurt our businesses financially, but also we are concerned that bringing 'corporate' entertainment to Provincetown would hurt the town's unique reputation.

It feels like a huge slap in the face that the town we have given so much to would move forward with Cirque du Soleil without considering the financial ramifications for all of us. We also believe it also opens the doors for further corporate infiltration that could displace local restaurants, retailers, etc and turn Provincetown into a 'generic' destination.

We also greatly object to the veil of secrecy established by the fact that prominent Provincetown officials (including but not limited to the Director of Tourism, the Assistant Director of Tourism, the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, the Executive Director of the Provincetown Business Guild and a board member of the Visitor Services Board) willingly signed non-disclosure agreements with Eric Martin/Cirque du Soleil which deliberately kept everyone else in the dark for several months. After so many years of being a part of this community we feel that our local representatives had an obligation to share this information with us so that we could be a part of this crucial conversation.

On a final note we strongly believe that Eric Martin, Cirque du Soleil, and their sworn-to-secrecy supporters have grossly overstated the financial benefits to Provincetown and have not taken into account the devastating effects this initiative will have on the community's beloved artists, small theatre companies and local cabaret rooms."

 

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