Tuesday, January 31, 2023

A summer of fundraisers

Neptune Theatre, Bus Stop Theatre and Matchstick Theatre host fundraisers this August in Halifax.

With many Halifax arts groups on hiatus over the summer, there is no better time to do a little fundraising. Here are three local groups vying for your cash in August.

Neptune Theatre’s Yard Sale

Neptune Theatre‘s annual yard sale kicks off the summer of fundraisers on August 13 at the theatre company’s warehouse at 2245 Creighton Street from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is your opportunity to acquire some Neptune memorabilia with everything from costumes, set pieces, props and furniture on sale.

Back to the Bus Stop Summer Fundraiser

Following its successful campaign to purchase the property and secure its home on Gottingen Street, Halifax’s Bus Stop Theatre has been undergoing renovations to make the space more accessible. To celebrate, the cultural hub, which annually hosts over 100 events across artistic disciplines, will host a fundraiser on August 14 that will double as a re-opening event, encouraging the public to explore the new and improved facilities.

The fundraiser gets underway at 2:00 pm with a visual arts exhibition and pop-up artisan market. Then, beginning at 4:00 pm, the black-box theatre will host readings by award-winning local author Andre Fenton and Bus Stop Theatre’s Writers Circle members. To finish things off the space will be transformed into a dance party from 8:00 pm to midnight, featuring performances by Blue Lobster Burlesque.

Several raffles will be running throughout the event, with prizes donated by local businesses. Admission to the fundraiser is by pay-what-you-can donation, with all proceeds going towards the venue’s operations and programming. Visit busstoptheatre.com for more information.

Matchstick Theatre’s Jagged Little Pill

Indie theatre company Matchstick Theatre is hosting the first of its new annual series Matchstick Covers, on August 18 at the Marquee Ballroom. In this fundraiser for the company’s next production in December, the evening will feature a line-up of Halifax vocalists, complete with a live backing band, singing songs from Alanis Morissette’s iconic album Jagged Little Pill. Tickets are $20 and are available online at tickethalifax.com.

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