The Times They Are A-Changing

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

There's been much discussion about Bob Dylan's song 'The Times They Are A-Changing'. Most people though it to be a 'simple' protestsong. The United States was knee deep in the Vietnam War, poverty, racial segregation and the Civil Rights Act,... But in reality he wrote it as a way to express the zeitgeist... 'just a feeling' in other words.

Just like then... the times they are a-changing. Or they have changed already. When we're looking for a new production to put on stage (we being Kursaal Oostende) we try to find shows that can please everybody and add entertaining value. This used to be soooo easy, but you're all so spoiled right now. Sure, that's not a bad thing, but it's damn hard to keep promoting something that we just know is good.

It used to be:
· Just a few shows from few promotors
· People had limited knowledge of what was deemed as good quality entertainment
· Things were a lot cheaper

· A lot of shows from a lot of promoters
· Almost everybody has seen a show and has an opinion of what is a good show
· Things get expensive, especially since better quality means more expensive
· You can do so much things in your spare time, we have to compete with almost everything

Sure... more supply means a competetive market and that's good for the customer. We're trying to be more innovative with less money... that's good for us. But with recent financial crisis... I'm wondering how it will turn out. Will people spend less money on entertainment? Will we see a downfall from quality? Will the small promotors survive?
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