Suffolk Libraries, in partnership with Creative Arts East, is launching an innovative new project which brings quality theatre and exhibition events to Suffolk communities using the latest digital screening equipment. The first events have now been confirmed at Gainsborough and Hadleigh libraries.
‘Suffolk Libraries Presents…’ is an Arts Council England funded project which is being run in seven of the county’s libraries with the aim of bringing more Suffolk residents into contact with the arts in a familiar and accessible local venue.
Nationally and internationally acclaimed performance and exhibition events, which have been digitally recorded, will be screened using the latest projection equipment in Stradbroke, Felixstowe, Ixworth, Gainsborough, Hadleigh, Lowestoft and Capel St Mary libraries. Examples of the performances expected to be on offer between September 2015 – April 2017 include the Globe Theatre’s productions of Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors; well-known ballets such as Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake; and unique, commentated tours of visual art exhibitions featuring artists such as Matisse, Rembrant and Van Gogh.
Hedley Swain, Area Director for Arts Council England South East, said: “Libraries are at the centre of local community life so provide great locations for artistic performances and exhibitions. We are incredibly pleased to be supporting this project that will bring high quality artistic experiences to new audiences.”
Tony Brown, chair of Suffolk Libraries, said: “This project will help us to develop the role of our libraries as centres for cultural, social and learning experiences and hopefully encourage people to visit the library. Some people may be put off experiencing the arts in traditional, formal settings but the library may provide a more familiar and comfortable environment for them to enjoy the arts. New technology is also giving us the opportunity to deliver these experiences in new and exciting ways.”
The first screenings are now available to book at Gainsborough Community Library in Ipswich and Hadleigh Library:
Dutch National Ballet’s Cinderella at Gainsborough Library on Saturday 12 September. There are two screenings – 2.30pm and 6.30pm with doors opening 30 minutes before. Tickets are £7.50 per person and the Voices Café will be selling drinks, snacks and ice-cream. For more information or to book a ticket please contact Gainsborough Community Library on 01473 260888.
Swan Lake at Hadleigh Library – Wednesday 7 October 2015. Screening start time is 7pm (Doors open at 6.30pm). Tickets are £7.50 per person and there will be refreshments available. For more information or to book a ticket please contact Hadleigh Library on 01473 823778.
For more information please visit www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/presents