by Steve Evans
Public funds are to be used to protect Berlin’s nightclubs. Some of the venues are being threatened with closure as property prices rise and developers move in.
(…) The clubs are big music venues so more closures would remove a vibrant part of Berlin’s music scene. Accordingly, the city government has set up a ‘Music Board’ with a budget of more than a million dollars.
There is a debate within the Berlin government over whether the money should be used to support music very specifically or the club scene in general.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Some people say that Berlin is the “clubbing capital of Europe”. What city is, in your opinion, the Japanese “clubbing capital” or “pop culture capital”?
2. Do you think that public money should be used to support music? Why?
3. Do you like the way in which the public money is spent in your city? What would you like to change in it?