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The team at Hamilton's Clarence Street Theatre - admin and events co-ordinator Dane Moeke, general manager Jason Wade and operations co-ordinator Melissa Panettiere - are keen to hear from community groups interested in staging events there.

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The team at Hamilton's Clarence Street Theatre - admin and events co-ordinator Dane Moeke, general manager Jason Wade and operations co-ordinator Melissa Panettiere - are keen to hear from community groups interested in staging events there.

Hamilton’s Clarence Street Theatre is making itself available as a free venue for community groups – but for five events only.

The offer is part of a big effort by the city’s creative sector revitalise its events calendar as the Covid pandemic slowly recedes.

The facility had “suffered significant losses over the past two years like many arts or venue organisations”, general manager Jason Wade said.

“Now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, the Clarence Street Theatre Trust would love to throw open its doors to community groups that may not have had the chance to perform as much as they would’ve liked in the past two years.”

Between now and the end of the year the trust were planning to hold five community-based events.

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“And we would like to offer the theatre space for free. There may be some technical costs, but we will work with those interested to ensure that these are as viable as possible.”

While the events should be free or low cost to the community, they would have to be ticketed, Wade said.

They were seeking expressions of interest from community or charitable organisations to display, demonstrate or perform appropriate material for one night only.

“You must be able to come in ... and perform that evening. The event should be able to attract a minimum of 200 patrons but ideally greater than 300.

“We have budget for only five of these community concerts this year, but should they prove successful then it is something we will look to hold annually.”

Expressions of interest and questions should be emailed to [email protected]

Once received, the trust would require a detailed application and event proposal.

Events not successful this year may find a place in 2023, Wade said.

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