Caranci Unveils Plan For The Arts

Mayoral hopeful Roger Caranci wants the city to ditch plans for a Performing Arts Centre, sell Centennial Hall and make the Grand Theatre a hub for the arts in London.

Caranci has unveiled a four-point plan to boost London’s music, theatre and art scene. He believes selling Centennial Hall and putting the money in a public fund for arts groups would be better than trying to keep the facility up-to-date. Orchestra London would then move to the Grand Theatre, which would be expanded and refurbished.

“Centennial Hall is an aged complex, to bring that up to standard would be throwing good money at something that may no come up to a standard that the city would like,” says Caranci. “There seems to be a fixation on the large organizations and supporting them and you see the smaller organizations, which are trying to get a step up and trying to get better footing in the city of London, struggling every year.”

He also wants to see any organization that gets public money perform for free at least once a year and set aside spaces in public places for art to be displayed.