The Newhampton Arts Centre (NAC), in Wolverhampton, has invested in a new outdoor covered performance area called the New Horizons Stage.
The outdoor space will be situated in the centre’s central courtyard, housed between its historical buildings and will enable promoters, companies and artists to perform safely in front of a live audience.
The project was made possible thanks to more than £40,000 of funding from The Co-op Foundation, The Rowlands Trust, The Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, The Postcode Neighbourhood Trust and The James Beattie Charitable Trust.
The New Horizons project consists of a big-top-style tent which, during Covid restrictions, will be operated without side walls.
It will allow for external ventilation and events to be presented as outside, but under canvas.
Under the current two-metre social distancing and without any party mixing, the stage can seat an audience of 80 or 180 standing.
But without social distancing the stage can seat an audience of 180 and 320 standing. The centre has also been able to unveil its own roadmap for new developments, opening its New Horizons Stage at the end of May.
All dates are subject to running strictly under the national guidance at the time.
Trevelyan Wright, NAC CEO, said “It’s been a real team effort at NAC over the last nine months to create this amazing new event space in Wolverhampton.”
A programme of live music, theatre and family-friendly shows is being put together for the summer. For details, email email@example.com or call 01902 572090.