Banksy Dismaland Triumphs With £20m Boost To Local Economy

Banksy’s art theme park Dismaland, which has given Weston-super-Mare’s an economy boost of over £20m is set to close today, Sunday 27th September.  Visitors to the pop-up “bemusement park” has seen over 150,000 visitors in the last five weeks. 

The head of the local Tourism board said the attraction to the seaside town has been a success beyond all expectations. The dismantled park will be sent to the Calais refugee camp “to build shelters”, the website states.

In the park’s final weekend, De La Soul and Pussy Riot were part of a Masked Ball evening event on Friday. Dismaland was an ominous artist’s impression of the 21st century depicted in a theme park created by the prophetic street artist Banksy, in Weston Super Mare. Its centerpiece is a fire-ravaged Disney-like castle with payday lender stalls and a remote controled boat game which highlights the plight of immigrants. The show on the pier featured a Jimmy Savile Punch and Judy show, highlighting domestic abuse scripted by the journalist Julie Burchill. 

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