My contemporary dance class is held in a studio of the third floor of a performing arts building (i.e., a building specifically intended for the study, rehearsal and creation of various kinds of performance and visual art) in the city in which I live. Sometimes functions are held on the ground floor, however these are rarely an inconvenience (one week the entire building was lit with blue lighting for a function- my class made a beautiful dance film in the unusual lighting).
However, one week there was a party on the ground floor who were particularly noisy. Their chatter floated up two floors, and was annoying but tolerable- our teacher easily compensated by talking a little louder than usual, and after all, it was a public building.
However, the whole “public building” concept appeared foreign to those at the function. A man from said event barged into our class, glass of wine in hand, to inform us that we had to turn our music down, as it was interfering with the speeches they were about to make, before leaving. Our teacher complied with this request, and the chatter from the function could be heard clearly over our music.
My personal belief is that simply because you choose to hold your event in a public building, which is one of very few available venues for rehearsing performing arts in our city, compared to numerous clubs, restaurants and function centres offering rooms for booking, you are not entitled to superior treatment over others who have booked and paid for space in that venue (particularly parties who have been doing so weekly for several years.) 0316-12
People renting public venues have to expect that they may be sharing that same space with the general public. A common misunderstanding is when a bridal couple believes that renting a portion of a public park for their ceremony or reception means Joe Public should be nowhere in sight. Prior to booking the venue, the facility manager/coordinator should make it very clear what can be expected and not expected. Booking an event when there are regularly scheduled meetings and other functions at the same facility means one has to accept the limitations of the venue. That also includes whatever artwork is hanging in a public gallery…asking to have it removed or covered is not acceptable. The world does not come to a stand still while your party goes on.
I can see asking another group or function to please tone it down for a very short, specified period of time. When my niece married, it was on the second floor of a facility that was having another wedding ceremony just below us on the ground floor. We were dancing our hearts out to Cupid Shuffle when the facility manager asked if we could tone it down with the stomping while the wedding party below us went through their vows. No problem. But when their ceremony was over, we resumed our dancing. Note that it was the facility manager who made the request, not a random guest.