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Las Vegas has been home to live performances since 1931, tying entertainment with the existence of hotels and casinos. A lot of focus has been put into the live music performances on a larger scale such as concerts and residencies throughout the tourist-filled Strip. Nowadays, major cities are promoting themselves through culture, art and the creative industries, developing new innovative urban spaces and business. According to a study by the UNLV Gaming Research Lab, throughout the past few years in hospitality, there has been a trend of the entertainment having less revenue compared to other sectors such as gambling and food and beverage. Going into a smaller scale, there have only been a few notable local acts here in Las Vegas. While Downtown Las Vegas has festivals such as Neon Reverb and First Friday, the local performance arts scene still hasn't been able to reach the general consensus of the tourists. If not found Downtown, musicians and dancers are often found on the sidwalks of either Fremont Street or the Strip. Acknowledging street and local performance as a creative activity can be a step towards a new conceptualization, use and valorization of this performing art creativity changes the image and ynamics of a city, welcoming people to discover new and innovative environments with better and personalized facilities and services. When the qualitative impact a city has on its citizens and visitors increases, the recognition and awareness of that city also rises in simultaneous with its attractiveness and economic power.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Architecture;Design;Performance Spaces;Las Vegas Strip;Placemaking;Public Property;Private Property;LINQ Promenade;Street Performances;Local Las Vegas Performers;Music;Dance
Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
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