Bangor Court House first NI winner of National Lottery Awards’ Project of the Year

Bangor Court House has been named Project of the Year in 2023’s National Lottery Awards.

Sitting in the heart of Bangor, Co Down, the Court House is leading a cultural renaissance and helping rebuild a community with its programme of creative events.

Since opening its doors in October 2022 as Bangor’s only dedicated music and arts venue, it has breathed new life into the local economy and is reconnecting people with the city centre and seafront. The project was awarded £977,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2018.

Built during the 1860s, the building has taken on a number of roles, including the magistrate’s court in the 1950s. Now, after seven transformative years, the Court House is up and running as an independent performance venue. Alongside showcasing international artists, it nurtures young and emerging local talent and provides a home for the Open House community choir.

Alison Gordon, Co-Founder of Open House Festival who are behind the project, said: “To win The National Lottery Project of the Year Award by public vote is phenomenal. It’s not just our project, it’s Bangor’s project.

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