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Drill Hall plans celebrations to mark a major milestone

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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There will be a decade's worth of candles on Lincoln Drill Hall's cake as the venue celebrates its tenth birthday with a week of special events from Monday, March 17.

Festivities include a Now We Are Ten: Gala Evening and a Birthday 80s Party Night alongside music, dance and theatre.

Chris Kirkwood, the venue's chief executive, said: "Our tenth birthday is a wonderful opportunity to look back at and celebrate the venue's many achievements. We also want to take this opportunity to thank our thousands of loyal supporters and urge those who may not yet have visited the Drill Hall to come along experience what it has to offer.

"With this in mind we've programmed a week of events that showcase the range and diversity of the events we offer, from theatre to contemporary dance, a classical concert to an open mic night and an 80s disco.

"We're holding our first public open day on Saturday, March 22. This will include tours of the venue, children's activities, live music and a special show by First Floor Theatre, all free of charge.

"We're also asking people to join us for a celebratory cabaret gala evening with performances from local musicians, actors, comedians and dancers, a specially produced film and a buffet. It's a night that will remind us just how far we've come but also just how important it is that we keep going … a wonderfully uplifting and celebratory evening for anyone who loves and values what the Drill Hall does."

Lincoln's Drill Hall was built in 1890 as a military and policy training facility. In 2003/4 the building underwent a £2.6m refurbishment and reopened in March 2004 as a multi-purpose arts and community venue. Over the last ten years the Drill Hall has presented more than 3,500 events.

Comedians Lee Evans, Sean Lock, Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop and Jack Dee are among the many to have appeared. Musically its welcomed the likes of Seth Lakeman, Jamie Cullum, Bellowhead and The Buzzcocks.

The flexible performance space has also enabled world-class dance and aerial theatre companies to bring their work.

For full details about the anniversary visit www.lincolndrill hall.com or call 01522 873894.

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