Small and medium-size performing arts groups welcomed the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's new venue plans, but they were concerned about the quality of some non-government venues. Christine Lau Wai-ting, administration manager of DanceArt Hong Kong, said having more venues available was positive. She said that even after the launch of the Venue Partnership Scheme, when most government venues will be occupied by selected performing arts groups most of the time, groups outside the scheme would still have options. 'But some of these proposed venues are only basically equipped and the location might not be the most convenient,' Ms Lau said. Cynthia Liu Chiu-fun, the department's assistant director of performing arts, said extra technicians would be sent to venues if necessary. The department's 13 performing arts venues have seen audiences grow. In 2002-03, 4,173 performances were attended by more than 2 million people. The numbers rose to 5,019 and 2.7 million in 2006-07.