MAKING THE MOST OF EMPTY BUILDINGS

Update on the Court House

Many of you will know that as part of our ambition to support the regeneration of the town, we’re on a mission to save the old Court House on Bangor seafront. At the time of going to print, we have applied for planning permission to completely restore the building, adding a lift and accessible toilets, and opening

up some of the smaller rooms to create more flexible spaces.

For more details, or to donate to our crowdfunding campaign to help save the Court House, go towww.openhousefestival.com/court-house

Meanwhile at the Auction Rooms…

So, while we work patiently towards the acquisition of the Court House, we’ve undertaken another exciting project – the former Auction Rooms at 18 Gray’s Hill.
This three storey Victorian terraced building, just a stone’s throw from the Marina, is one of the most interesting and unique spaces in the town centre. In recent years it housed a local business selling Italian designer furniture (Arredare), who hosted several Festival events. But the building is now vacant and on the market. Owner Bill Wolsey has kindly allowed the Festival to occupy the building at no cost until its long-term future is settled. We’ve programmed twenty two Festival events here, from food to film, and books to booze, including our very own pop-up taproom with local brewery Bullhouse. By reusing the Old Auction Rooms, we hope to demonstrate that arts, music and cultural events can breathe new life into old buildings and point to a different future for our town.