Thursday, February 29, 2024

First birthday for Goulburn arts centre

Goulburn Performing Arts Centre is set to celebrate its successful first year in business with a theatrical flourish later this month.

It hardly seems any time at all since Goulburn Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) threw open its doors and welcomed the community to a new era of spectacular live performance.

Now in true theatrical style, GPAC is throwing a spectacular party – complete with world class acrobatics – to celebrate its first birthday on Saturday 25th March.

Mayor, Peter Walker says there is plenty for the region’s newest cultural institution to celebrate.

“Since opening in March 2022 GPAC has been host to over 23,000 visitors, presented more than 140 events including 101 shows,” he said.

“Local theatre and musical groups, dance schools and school groups have taken to the stage and 50 people have found employment as permanent or casual staff. Local businesses have benefited from patrons dining out before shows or going for drinks afterwards, and the growing number of out-of-town visitors attending events has helped fill motel beds.”

ON by CIRCA (Photo: David Kelly).

Celebrations to mark the anniversary include a VIP function, post-show cake and bubbles and a heart stopping, high energy performance by world class acrobats – ON by CIRCA.

GPAC Manager, Raina Savage said, “CIRCA is Australia’s most exciting and world-renowned contemporary circus company, showcasing our most brilliant acrobats and creative directors. So, it seemed fitting to feature ON by CIRCA as the anniversary performance at GPAC.”

The celebration continues on Sunday 26 March, with an Open Day from 11am with free venue tours, wine tasting with cultural partner Lerida Estate wines, and a piano concerto by international award-winning pianist Konstantin Shamray.

“The coming year is packed to the rafters with more world class theatre and entertainment from around Australia and overseas – including Opera Australia, Bangarra, Cirque Mother Africa, 1927, Ross Noble and Soweto Gospel Choir. There really is something to excite everyone,” said Ms Savage of the year ahead.

To purchase tickets, go to: https://www.goulburnpac.com.au/Events-directory/On-by-Circa.

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