Julie Elliott MP

Standing up for Sunderland Central

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£6million Lottery win for Sunderland performing arts project

The decision by Arts Council England to award a grant of £6million to Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust towards a new auditorium – to be built next to the old Fire Station in High Street West - is brilliant news for our city.

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The venue will play a key role in the Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter now being created in Sunderland by the Trust and, I am sure, it will prove to be a fantastic asset for many generations to come once completed.

I am also delighted that the Trust is redeveloping the old Fire Station as a £3.6million arts and culture centre because, once both buildings are finished, the whole site will provide an amazing and inspiring centre for the performing arts.

** Work on the £8.2million auditorium will begin later this year, with an opening date of 2019.

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