Uncertainty over the Columbian economy caused a downturn in ticket sales in last year, according to one of the country’s leading promoters.
However, it is hoped that a new government move in support of the creative industries is an important step towards recovery.
“Given the uncertainty around presidential elections in Colombia last year, the general economy was not great and people were not spending,” says Alfredo Villaveces a promoter Move Concerts Colombia.
“This year is looking better, as the government has an orange economy support policy, which covers all creative industries.”
But Ayala says support for the live entertainment sector was almost undone by another government department.
“Paradoxically, the same government was proposing a tax review, which among other things, threatened to put a VAT on event tickets, which would have caused us to struggle financially. Fortunately it didn’t go through.”
Among Move Concerts Colombia shows are Passenger at Bogotá’s Estadio El Campín (cap. 36,000) in March and Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at the city’s Movistar Arena (14,000), which opened last October, in May.