As post-industrial ways of living spread..
As the balance of power shifts towards developing countries..
Creativity emerges as a key factor in development..
Cultural trade grows rapidly..
Creating stark new challenges for business and the arts.
The Canadian Cirque du Soleil was founded by busker Guy Laliberté in 1984. Now the Montreal-based company employs some 3,000 people producing five permanent shows in luxury casino resorts around the world, and six troupes touring major cities each year. In 2010, Cirque du Soleil announced a new permanent show for Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah at an estimated construction cost of $150m, after Dubai-based investors Istithmar World Capital and Nakheel each bought a 10% stake in the company.
In 2004, Guy Laliberté received the Order of Canada, the country’s highest distinction, and was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2009, he is believed to have paid around $35 million to spend nine days aboard the International Space Station as a tourist.
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