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New Theatre in Trim to Be Named Swift Cultural Centre

Fiona Lawless, Chief Executive of Meath County Council wishes to advise that Solstice Arts Centre will be undertaking the management duties of the new Theatre at Trim on behalf of the Council. The Theatre in Trim will operate under its own name, Swift Cultural Centre, reflecting both the importance of the acclaimed author of ‘Gulliver Travels’ and Trim resident, Jonathon Swift (1667-1745), as well as and the significance of the swift to Trim’s wildlife and urban ecosystem.

Swift Cultural Centre will collaborate and share meeting rooms and cultural spaces with Trim Library to provide a diverse and enriching community learning, engagement and performance programme for the public. Community use by the talented local artists, societies and community groups remain the primary and core value of the space. Staff at Solstice Arts Centre have accumulated knowledge and expertise that will ensure Swift Cultural Centre will run to its best potential. Belinda Quirke, Director of Solstice Arts Centre will meet with local community and performing groups in Trim in the coming weeks.

Trim Library and Swift Cultural Centre was recently opened by Minister Heather Humphreys. The €9m development includes refurbishment of the former St. Patrick’s Chapel for use as part of the Centre and will provide additional facilities for the library including new reception, study and multipurpose rooms and support services. A performance space with seating capacity for up to 235 people, including stage, scene dock meeting/changing rooms and rehearsal spaces provides a resource long sought by a number of active local drama, music and theatre groups.

Solstice Arts Centre is a vibrant award-winning cultural space consisting of visual arts, theatre, café in Navan, County Meath. It currently produces a mixed programme of community, music and theatre, visual arts, literature, film and opera. In 2022, it produced 409 activities at the centre, 337 of which were local performance, community and engagement activities.

Source: Meath County Council

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