Charity delivers message of hope with new video and digital programme
A heart-warming video exploring the past, present and future of Warrington’s cultural venues has been released to inspire a new sense of hope.
Arts charity Culture Warrington has commissioned the video as a reminder of the treasures and opportunities the town has to offer, despite ongoing closures and challenges.
When Covid-19 closed down the entertainment industry almost one year ago, venues such as Parr Hall and Pyramid Arts Centre bore the brunt of the restrictions, but thanks to the generosity and support of the community and Warrington Borough Council, these iconic stages will bounce back stronger than ever.
Chris Persoglio, venue and events manager for Culture Warrington, said: “There’s no denying that the pandemic has had a devastating impact on our charity and the industry as a whole, but we also wanted to spread a little hope and optimism because this isn’t the end of the story.
“Our iconic buildings have seen so much over the years and this is just one small part of that history.
“From bringing people together, and welcoming some of music and comedy’s biggest names, to inspiring new generations, our venues are the lifeblood of Warrington’s cultural scene and we still have so much more to deliver.”
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The video – created by Ludovico Studio – coincides with the launch of a new digital outlook for the charity, which will see a whole range of online activities going live this month.
From local history podcasts, to free acting classes, and in-depth talks about the fascinating artefacts at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, this varied programme is set to be a real game-changer for lockdown life.
Leah Biddle, Cultural Manager at Culture Warrington, said: “Ensuring people have access to free cultural and heritage opportunities is the very backbone of our work as a charity, and even though our doors are closed and our buildings are empty, our team is still working incredibly hard behind the scenes to find new ways to engage with our community.
“Over the past few weeks, our education team has been working with local schools to present an engaging home-school offer, which has been a huge success.
“Now, we’re looking for ways to reach the wider community and we hope this digital programme will enable us to do just that.
“Whether your interest is in local history, geology, ethnology, visual art, or even theatre, we’re confident we’ve got something up our sleeves to suit every taste.”
Culture Warrington’s new digital programme will launch in the first week of February with a local history podcast, a virtual guided talk on part of the museum’s collections, and free acting classes from Ludovico Studio.