Farquhar Auditorium plugs into funding for technical upgrades

Vancouver Island's second largest performance hall attracted more than 140,000 patrons to the 135 events held in 2015

  • Jun. 9, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Federal funding will allow the show to go on for many years to come at the University of Victoria’s Farquhar Auditorium.

The auditorium is receiving $359,823 through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The funding will allow the venue to upgrade existing and purchase new technical equipment and contribute to recent renovations to venues coat check/storage and the UVic Ticket Centre.

“We’re so excited that this funding will help us better serve our community. Audiences will be better served by improvements to our ticket centre, including a wheelchair accessible service counter,” said Farquhar Auditorium director Ian Case. “I’m particularly happy that we’ll be able to better serve the many community clients that choose our venue. More modern and efficient lighting and sound equipment will improve both the artist, presenter and audience experience while reducing energy consumption. A new hearing assist system will improve the performance experience for patrons with hearing issues.”

The second largest performance hall on Vancouver Island, the Farquhar Auditorium attracted more than 140,000 patrons to the 135 events held in 2015. Concerts, films, lectures and ceremonies have all filled the auditorium, which sees more than 2,000 hours of use each year.

There hasn’t been any significant upgrades to Farquhar’s technical equipment in over 15 years, resulting in aging infrastructure being supplemented with rentals for many events. Improvements to lighting, sound and other upgrades will reduce the need for additional rentals, making the venue more attractive and cost-effective for the venue’s wide variety of clients; commercial, professional, community and amateur alike.

“It is through community spaces such as the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium that we continue to ignite creativity among Canadians, as we embed the arts into our local neighbourhoods and the lives of our citizens,” said the Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. “This newly renovated venue allows for experimentation and education, while creating a dynamic environment for artists and citizens of all ages to seek their own creative pathways.”

The auditorium operates as both a road house for rent and as an independent producer of a seasonal performance series. The venue also supplies University of Victoria with space for academic units to host large classrooms, rehearsals and events.

 

 

Just Posted

Two to hospital after University of Victoria sailing mishap

Wind gusts capsize boat of recreational club sailors

Victoria’s deaf community advocates for different sign languages to be recognized on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Transport Canada announces funds for pollutant clean up in Victoria Park, removal of abandoned boats

Contaminants at Laurel Point Park will be removed starting at the end of September

Volunteers gather in Metchosin for B.C.’s 1st ever search and rescue joint training

Around 200 volunteers came out for the three-day training program

Moon Lantern festival to light up Gordon Head

Saturday night festival celebrates harvest moon, fall season

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

5 things to do this weekend in and around Greater Victoria

Sooke Apple Fest returns, Saanich lights up with lantern festival and anarchists unite for downtown book fair

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Most Read