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Good news for Pwllheli hall thanks to £36k arts grant

AN exciting future lies ahead for a Llŷn and Eifionydd area cultural hub which has received a £36,000 boost. Neuadd Dwyfor, at Pwllheli, has been successful in an application for Arts Council of Wales funds to develop a new programme.

The good news comes just days before the theatre and cinema at Neuadd Dwyfor re-opens following a period of essential maintenance work. The new-look Neuadd Dwyfor is set to open with a broadcast of the National Theatre Live: The Crucible show, on Thursday, April 20.

The money will allow Neuadd Dwyfor to expand its offer of live events with more live music, cabaret, comedy, dance and theatre shows. The recent maintenance work has safeguarded the historic building, which dates to the turn of the last century, from the effects of the weather.

Work has also been completed to protect the external red brick to save the building from damp. Scaffolding on the front of the building was removed at the beginning of April.

External work included re-rendering, renewing the lead work and installing new windows. Councillor Nia Jeffreys, Cabinet Member for Cyngor Gwynedd’s Economy and Community department, said: “This is a new and exciting chapter in the long history of Neuadd Dwyfor, thanks to significant investment to protect this important resource by Cyngor Gwynedd with the support of the Welsh Government.

“I am also grateful to the arts council for their support in developing a contemporary arts programme that will attract audiences for this new chapter.

“We will be very pleased to welcome back audiences old and new to Neuadd Dwyfor soon, and are looking forward to enjoying great artistic events in the year when we welcome the Eisteddfod to Llŷn and Eifionydd.”

Shows on sale through the box office and website include Pedair + Lleucu Gwawr; An Evening With Shane Williams; Gimme Gimme: Tribute to Abba; Welsh Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte; and Scenes from the Black Plague by Carmarthenshire Theatres.

Information about forthcoming events at Neuadd Dwyfor is available here or by following the theatre’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.