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Who wants culture in Trowbridge?

March 5, 2012 6:56 PM

Trowbridge Town HallStatement from BA14 Culture Group following the announced closure of the Arc Theatre as a professional venue,

"Following the recent announcement by Wiltshire College of the decision to close the Arc Theatre as a professional venue BA14 Culture Group would like to express its disappointment and dismay that Trowbridge will lose its only professional theatre.

BA14 was heartened by the strong support expressed by Trowbridge people for retaining the Arc Theatre. We now need to build on this and look at alternative ways to ensure professional performing arts can be brought to Trowbridge in future . A proposal is being actively prepared.

Looking to the future, we are calling for a strong partnership of all people who want to restore professional theatre in Trowbridge - including Wiltshire Council, Trowbridge Council, BA14 Culture, local schools and interested individuals and groups .

If we look at the wider cultural picture inTrowbridge there are several reasons to be encouraged :

  • the first Trowbridge Arts Festival will be held in Sept 2012
  • the rebuilt Civic Hall has just opened
  • a new library is being built for opening later this year
  • the revived Village Pump Folk Festival will take place in July 2012
  • the Cloth Road Arts Trail will continue
  • There is a strong likelihood of a multiplex cinema coming to Trowbridge town centre .

BA14 Culture Group is keen to strengthen and widen its membership to allow more voices and ideas to be heard in support of the arts for our area. They invite you to the next meeting on Monday 30th April, 7.30pm at the Civic Centre. Come along with your ideas and enthusiasm!

If you are able to attend and would like to be included as a BA14 member, please email tcaf@trowbridge.gov.uk