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11th December 2020

Doors reopen to public at leading Belfast Arts venue

Visitors returned to the MAC this morning, to explore its galleries and view the latest exhibitions from Peter Liversidge, Frederic Huska and a special display of work by the public, children and professional artists entitled ‘In a Rainbow of Coalitions’, followingan eight week period of closure at the leading arts venue. 

Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive at the MAC said: 

"Like the rest of society, the arts and culture sector has suffered greatly as a result of closures throughout the pandemic.  This year, the MAC has been open just 6 weeks and all of our staff and customers are excited to get back. We worked hard over the summer to put Covid-secure measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety and have been waiting for clarity from the Executive on when we can open our doors again. Today is a huge boost and a lifeline not just for us, but for those across Northern Ireland who find solitude, comfort and joy in the arts.

"We have a responsibility to protect public health which we take very seriously, but we also want to contribute to the recovery of our communities and the survival of the arts. This would typically be Christmas show season and our theatres, music venues and organisations would be bustling with audiences from right across NI and beyond. Without a reopening date for the resumption of live events, we are all finding ways to do things a little differently this year.  We remain hopeful of receiving guidance from the Executive on the path back to re-opening and recovery for NI’s arts venues.

"The MAC is one of the most stunning buildings in the city, and it has been so sad to have our doors closed for so long. We are delighted to welcome the public back into our specially adapted Luminaire Cinema and galleries, to enjoy this unique, shared space once again.”

The MAC has also designed a festive film series, in association with Belfast Film Festival.  A secure bubble-style cinema, exclusively for 32 guests, will screen a variety of Christmas classics and family favourites in the newly repurposed ‘Luminaire Cinema’.

Christmas movie screenings open tomorrow, Saturday 12th September with ‘The Polar Express’ and will run until Christmas Eve. All of the family shows at 10.30am are relaxed, meaning there’s a relaxed attitude to noise and lights are turned up a bit brighter and sound turned down.

The MAC has achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry-standard mark under Government and public health guidance, having implemented a carefully planned social distancing system, pre-booking of its galleries to monitor visitor numbers and an enhanced hygiene regime throughout the venue. All visitors are also asked to sanitise their hands regularly and wear a face covering during their visit.

For more information and updates on shows at the MAC, visit www.themaclive.com.     


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