Saturday 17 November 2018

Flatley becomes a renovation patron

Michael Flatley has come on board as a gold level renovation patron of the Hawk's Well Theatre. Michael Flatley commented: "It's an honour to be involved with the prestigious Hawk's Well theatre that has brought so much culture and artistic merit to the great county of Sligo."

The theatre launched a new 'Renovation Patron' scheme earlier this year and is asking the public for its support to fundraiser.

Individuals, families or companies can contribute to the renovation fund by becoming renovation patrons and donating funds across various levels of support.

Renovation patrons will be acknowledged in perpetuity within the extended building and will become a permanent part of the Hawk's Well history.

AIB recently became renovation patrons along with a number of individuals and families and the theatre is delighted with the response to this scheme to date.

At the start of the year it was announced that the theatre has been successful in securing €550,000 in capital funding from The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. This money has been pledged but will only become available once the same amount of money has been fundraised by the theatre.

This season the theatre has a wonderful raffle prize on offer thanks to Ireland West Airport and Ryanair.

A winter sun holiday in Lanzarote for two is up for grabs with all proceeds going to the renovation fund. Raffle tickets are available to purchase at the Box office for four euro or three tickets for ten euro. This holiday is for two adults and is valid for travel between December 2017 and March 2018. The competition closes on the 3rd of December 2017 and the draw will be made on the 4th of December 2017.

The theatre hosted a fundraising auction, Lots at the Well on Thursday 19th of October at 8pm which raised €9,000 for the renovation fund. Businesses and individuals all over Sligo and beyond donated a fabulous selection of intriguing items from artworks to unique experiences, which went under the hammer on the night with proceeds going to the renovation fund.

The theatre would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported this event, donors, buyers, performers and everyone who helped to make it such a great success.

The theatre's annual Sligo Sings event is also raising money for the theatre this year. This popular programme aims to get the whole of Sligo singing and has already fostered the growth of many new choirs.

This uplifting event in November is a major celebration of the choirs' achievements. Tickets are €16/8 u18s and early booking is advised for this sell out event.

The theatre will also host two 'Sing for the hell of it' sessions this season which are open to everyone and anyone who likes to sing. These fundraisings sing alongs are hosted by choirmaster Dave Flynn and are great fun.

The Hawk's Well join with Sligo Choral festival on Saturday 18th of November to 'sing for the hell of it' at 5pm and join with Kieran Quinn on Tuesday 28th of November to record a Christmas Song for Sligo with proceeds going to the renovation fund.

A number of artists and groups are also running fundraising events for the theatre. This season alone local group Man in the Moon Productions presented Shaun Purcell's musical 'The Raven Beckons' for two nights on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th of October with the profits from the show going to the Hawk's Well renovation fund.

Popular musician Kieran Quinn's next big ambitious project 'Our Place' is also fundraising for the theatre. Kieran has been focusing on his song writing and was supported in this with a short residency at the theatre.

Our Place is original songs inspired by Sligo which will be released as a new album this November with a new original song being released each month. Featuring a host of collaborating singers and musicians, an EP featuring the Six Songs for Sligo, in aid of the Hawk's Well Renovation Fund will also be launched at the theatre on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of November.

Jane Parsons, Fundraiser at the Hawk's Well is delighted with the response to the fundraising campaign so far: "We are delighted to have this funding pledged to us but we have a tough job ahead to match fund and raise €550,000 ourselves in order to start the renovation. We have already added €1 to the price of all tickets sold and this small levy will raise approximately 40% of the match funding required."

Through the development levy, fundraising events and donations from the public, along with pledged money from Sligo Council, Sligo BID and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht the theatre will be in a position to start renovations within three years' time.

Renovation cannot start however until funding has been secured.

"For every €1 the public donate, this will be matched by the Department so if you are donating €100 to the theatre, this will become €200,"adds Jane Parsons. "The levels for our renovation patrons scheme start at €1,000 and go up to €5,000 but we are delighted to receive any donation at all from the general public, no matter how small."

If you would like to support the theatre's renovation fund please contact Jane Parsons at the Hawk's Well Theatre

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