A City’s Responsibility to Its Creative Spaces


Following the closure of Dance Tunnel, the latest in a slew of venues widely thought important to London’s club scene, a question seems to be emerging: exactly whose responsibility is it to support these venues and prevent high rents from driving out iconic spaces? Should their existence be left to the dedicated patronage of fans, or does the city have a cultural imperative to subsidize businesses in order to prevent culture drain and a homogenization of spaces that traditionally have been a center of creative experimentation?

Gentrification and the increasing financial prosperity of cities across the world has, very clearly, raised questions like these in reference to many creative communities. Dazed Digital investigated the issue by probing the opinions of London’s club promoters and scene fixtures, asking them all: “How can we save London’s club scene?”

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →