The Acorn, Penzance

To continue bringing the performing arts to Penzance, we need to upgrade our outdated lighting equipment to an essential LED system.

We did it!

On 29th Jun 2018 we successfully raised £5,225 of £4,500 target with 150 supporters in 42 days

New stretch target

An extra £1500 would enable us to invest in new state-of-the art software to fully digitise our lighting and sound system in both our main auditorium and our cabaret bar. This would aid our venue flexibility and increase our future resilience.

The Acorn is a vibrant, creative centre for live arts for West Cornwall, with a reputation for diverse and innovative programming. We are a charity run almost exclusively by volunteers.

Who we are:

For over 40 years we have hosted a huge variety of acts, groups and projects including theatre, dance, music, youth, community engagement, comedy, children’s theatre, films and choirs, and its great facilities and atmosphere attract performers from the regular national and international tour circuits to play in this remote corner of Cornwall.

We believe that the performing arts enrich our lives and should be available to everyone. 

Our goals:

To offer a wide range of performing arts events to local people at affordable prices; and to be  provide a friendly space to nurture local talent, support the development of new work and host community and educational arts activities.

We also welcome a wide range of arts practitioners and art forms, including live music, theatre, poetry readings, story-telling, dance, film, lectures and the visual arts. We also host charity fundraising events, classes, workshops, children’s events, album launches, open or group meetings, markets, private parties and wedding receptions.

From international tours to school plays, the Acorn has a welcome for everyone interested in the arts. And we are working with schools and community partners to ensure that they means everyone.

But now we need your help

It is nearly 20 years since the Acorn had funds to upgrade its technical equipment and it is now in need of urgent replacement.

In the past, we have received welcome support from our friends at Cornwall Council, the Theatre Trust, Penzance Town and Cultivator (a joint UK-EU fund) and are working hard to make improvements to keep the venue sustainable into the future.

We now need £8, 000 to replace our aged stage lighting and we hope you can help! We have raised nearly £3, 500 to date from collections and donations. Will you help us to raise the remaining £4, 500?

Let's get THE ACORN re-lit!

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