Last week Theatr Clwyd celebrated its local community by burying a time capsule full of memories. The event saw over 200 guests enjoy a range of performances. Theatr Clwyd’s community groups performed an ensemble theatre show, students and teachers from Theatr Clwyd Music, who teach music throughout Flintshire’s schools, played music old and new, and Ysgol Maes Garmon’s school choir headlined the event.
The time capsule burial marks an important step in launching the public fundraising for Theatr Clwyd’s major redevelopment. The capsule contained a range of heartfelt memories from the 47 years it has been a home for its community including letters, poems and photographs, as well as contributions on the day from those present at the event. It was buried in what will be Theatr Clwyd’s new sensory and therapeutic garden, date-stamped to be opened in 2075.
The major capital redevelopment will transform the 47-year-old building, which is no longer fit for purpose, into a green, sustainable, and welcoming home for its communities. It will become a destination for North Wales and beyond. The organisation’s ability to serve its local community will increase, with specialist young people’s hubs, indoor and outdoor play areas, health and wellbeing suites, and communal spaces for everyone to use and enjoy.
Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford as well as newly appointed Artistic Director Kate Wasserberg were amongst those in attendance.
0 StarsWhat a special day. A moment to mark the major construction work on-site, to announce our public funding campaign, but most of all to acknowledge our communities and how we work with, and for, so many in North Wales. This project is a huge undertaking and has attracted significant private investment into the area, but we must always remember why we are delivering this project – it is for our communities - past, present, and future.Liam Evans-Ford, Executive Director said.
The project has received substantial financial support from a range of trusts, foundations, and private funders. The organisation is now asking the local community if they too can ‘play their part’, by naming a seat, mirror, or tile, organising a fundraising activity, or donating at the new play your part tree in the theatre’s temporary foyer.
0 StarsI was delighted to attend this momentous occasion at Theatr Clwyd in what is, my first official engagement as Chair of Flintshire County Council. The redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd is an exciting opportunity which will significantly benefit the local community and I look forward to seeing its completion.Chair of Flintshire County Council, Councillor Gladys Healey said.
0 StarsArts Council Wales is proud to support this capital redevelopment. Theatr Clwyd plays a crucial role in the arts infrastructure for the whole of Wales. It’s an arts organisation which is both embedded in its communities but which produces work of a national and international relevance. Our capital funding support will help to transform the theatres and front of house spaces to significantly improve the visitor experience.The Arts Council of Wales’ Director of Operations Richard Nicholls said:
Investing in Theatr Clwyd delivers on a key commitment within the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government and represents a significant investment in the arts in Wales. The Welsh Government has awarded £23.5m over three years to support the project, in addition to the £3m awarded in 21-22.