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Iconic Twillingate venue helps community embrace cultural tourism

Twillingate will soon have an improved venue to showcase its vibrant history and culture as renovations to the Twillingate Performing Arts Centre continue this summer.  

Operated by the North East Church Heritage Association Inc., the Centre, which is the former South Side United Church building, provides a venue for the performing arts, cultural events and visitor experiences in Twillingate, one of the most visited rural Newfoundland and Labrador tourism destinations. 

A contribution of more than $128,000 for the North East Church Heritage Association Inc. for renovations to the interior and exterior of the building and the installation of a new heating system was announced on Aug. 2.

The announcement was made by Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame MP Scott Simms on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Navdeep Bains.

The modernization of the heating system will enable the Twillingate Performing Arts Centre to host events in the spring and fall, a press release from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency stated.  As well, building renovations will help make the facility a suitable venue for theatrical, musical and other experiential tourism offerings. 

Constructed in 1868, the 300-seat facility has historical and architectural value and has maintained the original seating and hand carved woodwork. Its acoustics allow for professionally staged productions and it is home to one of only eight remaining Bevington Pipe Organs in the world.

“We are very excited to be nearing completion on the renovations to make the Twillingate Performing Arts Centre an excellent venue to demonstrate our region’s tourism, culture, heritage and talent,” said Kathleen Boyd, chairperson, North East Church Heritage Association. “As an historical building, it is a fitting venue for us to maintain and enhance for tourism development, and we thank the Government of Canada for supporting our efforts.”

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