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Glock backs local theatre with 200,000 donation

A local theatre group at Villach in western Austria has had its future secured after getting a 200,000 Euro donation from weapons maker Gaston Glock.

The arms manufacturer whose company is based in the area and who recently announced a massive expansion of his company in response to full order books said that he wanted to make sure that they "promoted arts and culture in these economically troubled times".

In a statement the firm said that the NBV - the "Vilach New Stage Theatre" - had been responsible for performances that had earned them a repuation far beyond the borders of Austria, and "enriched Carinthia with humanitarian cultural work".

The NBV said the money would be spread over the next 10 years to subsidise performances.

NBV spokesman Michael Weger said: "Public money is available less and less despite rising costs, which is all the more reason to be so delighted over the donation from the family of Gaston and Kathrin Glock. I cannot thank them enough."

The theatre specialises in vintage shows and premiers, a category that applies to 62 of the last 100 productions.

Plays have included works by Peter Turrini, Felix Mitterer, Gabriel Barylli, Peter Handke, Elfriede Jelinek and others.

Younger writers like Silke Hassler, Catherine Aigner, Martin Dueller have also been shown here.

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