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About the Citadel - The Citadel Arts Centre

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									About the Citadel
The Citadel Arts Centre is an inclusive, multi-disciplinary community and
performance venue in St Helens, a Metropolitan borough of Merseyside with a
population of c190,000. As the major arts provider in the borough the Citadel has a
vital role to play in providing access to the arts for all.

The Citadel Arts Centre is based in an old Salvation Army ‘citadel’, built as the
original home of the Theatre Royal in 1861. Bought and refurbished in 1986 by the
Rainford Trust, following a report on arts provision in the borough, the Citadel opened
in April 1988. The Citadel became a registered charity and a Company Limited by
Guarantee with an independent board in 1992. In March 2000 the Citadel reopened
after a £1million lottery funded refurbishment. The Citadel enjoys the long term
support of St Helens MBC and The Rainford Trust.

The Citadel strives to be a flagship of artistic and cultural excellence providing
access to a performance and community arts programme that offers something for
everyone including:

      ‘Hands On’ Community Arts: a programme of practical and education
       workshops and activity encouraging participation in a wide range of art forms
       including: drama, dance, singing, visual arts and disability arts attracting
       c3500 attendances per year from young people and adults aged 7-70 from 21
       wards of the borough

      Citadel Performance Programme: an eclectic mix of events including music
       (blues, folk, rock, pop, jazz) from local, national and international artists,
       community theatre, comedy, poetry, visual arts and disability arts serving the
       local community with c89 performances per year attracting audiences of
       c9000.

      Citadel Exhibition Gallery housing three exhibitions per year attracting c 200
       attendances each year

      Education Programme: including provision of activity for young people on the
       NEET register, drama workshops for schools, delivery of St Helens College
       Performing Arts and Music Technology course at the Citadel, educational
       drama projects including local dialect.

      Volunteer Programme: a successful programme of long and short term
       volunteer and work placements for young people and adults in administrative
       and event focused roles

      Community Outreach: including community and music stages at St Helens
       Festival and Citadel outdoor performances in the community

      A fully accessible building and award winning disability arts programme

      Spaces for workshop and performance hire including: Citadel Auditorium with
       300 capacity, Dance Studio, Lynex Hopkins meeting room and project room

								
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