Following a fire last month, Battersea Arts Centre is hosting an event tomorrow to fundraise for repairs to the severe damage that was the result of the blaze. The event will take place on Saturday 18th April and a range of talent will take to the stage at Southbank Centre in solidarity. The aim is to raise funds for BAC’s Grand Hall, which was completely destroyed.
The event, which has been dubbed, ‘Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser’ is part of The Phoenix fund campaign that, after the unfortunate incident, was promptly set up by BAC artistic director David Jubb.
David commented: “We are trying to reach £1 million to help us tackle all the challenges of not having the Grand Hall for up to three years. Through thousands of public donations we have current reached £725,000 of our target.
“Battersea Power Station have donated £100,000 to the Phoenix Fund as a brilliant act of neighbourliness – and the government stepped in to support. People have been remarkable in the way they have responded to this incident.”
Since the launch of The Phoenix Fund, institutions and performers have been eager to help the renowned Grand Hall rise from the ashes.
“All the artists on the bill are alumni of Battersea Arts Centre. It is remarkable how many artist’s careers you can trace back to Battersea Arts Centre. I am personally very grateful to Stewart Lee (also on the bill for Saturday) who got in touch on the night of the fire, expressing his dismay at the fire and offering to do a benefit to get us back on our feet,” says David.
Performance group Forced Entertainment were also eager to get involved in Saturday’s event. Tim Etchells, Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment says:
“We wanted to support BAC after the fire that destroyed the Great Hall, not only because of what it has meant to us and our audiences, but also because of what BAC has done, and what it has meant for new generations of performance makers who have often developed projects there.”
Saturday’s show at Southbank Centre promises a colourful line up of live entertainment including music, comedy, cabaret, theatre and literature. All proceeds will go to The Phoenix fund towards the rebuild of the Grand Hall.
To support the Phoenix Fund click here.
Or, to book last minute tickets to tomorrow’s event, please click here.