Big launch for new Two Sisters Arts Centre this weekend
PUBLISHED: 10:55 26 April 2019
People will be able to find out more tomorrow about a new community arts centre to serve as a cultural hub for Felixstowe, Trimley and Kirton.
Organisers are staging an open afternoon and a special fundraising night of entertainment at the venue, which will be based at the former St Mary's Church in Trimley St Mary.
The event at the Two Sisters Arts Centre on Saturday, April 27, will feature Suffolk history and dialect expert Charlie Haylock and performance poet Luke Wright, the enfant terrible of Bungay.
Throughout the evening, Stacks of Sax, who have been performing around the region for the past 20 years, will provide music – jazz, swing, light classical and show tunes alongside original pieces.
Work has been going on behind the scenes for several years to find a suitable home for a new arts centre for the area.
The centre, dedicated to championing local talent and bringing high quality touring work to the area, is the brainchild of Suzanne Hawkes, Helen Clarke, Jayne Lindill, Alison Miller and Hattie Bennett.
The redundant church will be run by Felixstowe Creative Arts Trust (F-CAT) to manage a lively programme of plays, music, poetry, art and dance which will be staged at the venue.
The Two Sisters venue will also be available for hire for arts-related functions such as workshops and as a rehearsal space.
Playwright Suzanne Hawkes said: “The vision is to create a unique space for all forms of performing and visual arts – something that Felixstowe, Walton, and the Trimleys have been missing for far too long.”
Launch day on Saturday, April 27 will get under way from 2pm to 4pm when the arts centre will be open to the public – with coffee and cakes available to purchase and a chance to look round the new venue.
Then the ticketed Launch and Fundraising Event will start with doors and licensed bar open from 6pm.
Award-winning performance poet Luke Wright will present his new touring show Poet Laureate, before Charlie Haylock – whose book Sloightly On Th'Huh outsold Dan Brown's famous novel, The Da Vinci Code in Suffolk – takes centre stage.
Tickets are £20 and available from 01394 279613 or Abbeygate Lighting, Felixstowe or online @ ticketsource.co.uk/two-sisters-arts-centre