Aberdeen Arts Centre launches fundraising drive with May Ball

A community-focused city arts venue is set to host a glamorous ball later this year, kick-starting a fundraising drive in aid of the refurbishment of its café/bar.

Aberdeen Arts Centre, on King St, will be hosting the A-May-Zing Ball on Friday, May 24 at the Marcliffe Hotel. Inimitable local comedy troupe, The Flying Pigs, will be headlining the musical-theatre themed event.

The Arts Centre has ambitious plans for its busy café/bar and is aiming to raise £220,000 to re-invigorate and re-purpose the venue, ensuring it delivers a vibrant, creative hub for relaxation and entertainment for all, in the city.

Chairman of the Arts Centre’s board, Richard Tinto, said: “The May Ball promises to be a wonderful evening – we’re delighted that The Flying Pigs, with their humour rooted firmly in our Doric heritage, will be headlining the evening’s entertainment. All the money raised on the night will contribute to reinvigorating our café/bar as part of a long-term plan to secure the future of this important local arts hub.”

Fellow board member, and performer with The Flying Pigs, Moray Barber, added: “The Arts Centre plays a crucial role in supporting and nurturing local talent through drama workshops and clubs, but also by providing a platform for local dancers, artists and musicians to reach a wider audience. We are so pleased to be able to support a cause which is so close to our hearts. The new-look café/bar will appeal to art-lovers across the board, inviting more and more people to experience and enjoy this invaluable community hub.”

The A-May-Zing ball will take place on Friday, May 24 at The Marcliffe Hotel, from 7pm – 1am. Guests will enjoy a pre-dinner reception, followed by a three course meal, cabaret, charity auction and dancing to the Graham Geddes Band.

Tickets are available now online at www.aberdeenartscentre.com/mayball or contact Anne Iravani on 01651 891790 or at anne.iravani@act-aberdeen.org.uk for more details.

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