Last night it came to life, it wasn`t the exhibits, it was people dressed in costumes out to have fun and they came in the thousands to be there at $20/ adult.
Costumes, makeup, performers, staging, props, singers, lighting effects, creative ideas made the difference and all are the hallmarks of the Creative Industries, whether fashion, film or theatre, photography or the visual arts.
Ccreative Industries can make much ado out of nothing much at all, given half a chance and it adds economic value far above the investment.
OLD HALLOWS EVE at MOTAT is testament to that.
MOTAT gets it so why can`t the Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce do the same after all he did build the Radio Network to 22 Radio Stations before Canwest did a stockmarket raid and left him with a bittersweet moment, no job and a 6 million dollar cheque.
At times it seems politicians, decison makers, investors, educators don`t quite get the point of the Creative Industries other than entertainment or something that can be exploited to further another agenda.
The Industry is facing a crisis that has already impacted thousand of people, our most lucrative sector being Film is in crisis whereas Australia, South Africa see the validity in offering 25% compared to NZ 15%.
Australia in particular wants the NZ Film Business and no doubt sees it as their right to do so.
So why don`t we get competitive rather than holding on to an economic ideology that is more compatible on the stockmarket and in more economic robust times.
Otherwise, like Steven we`ll waiting and hoping that Off -Shore Film investors will take a shine to us and give us some projects to do.
Lets hope they don`t think like Steven Joyce.