THE new year brings with it the 20th anniversary of the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre’s (TMAC) opening, a milestone for the venue and one that will be thoroughly celebrated.

With this in mind, TMAC are launching 20 for 20: a celebration of 20 different events throughout the year that have been chosen to represent all of the different aspects of the work TMAC has hosted over the years.

As well as celebrating the past, 20 for 20 will look to the future and the plans, hopes and ambitions for the next 20 years. The first seven events of 20 for 20 have been announced and all fall between January and April.

There is a special exhibition about the arts centre and its history, theatre by nationally acclaimed company Vamos Theatre, ballet by the excellent visiting company Ballet Theatre UK and comedy/magic from returning favourite Pete Firman.

In addition, the annual The Page is Printed writing competition and Valentine’s Cream Tea for care home residents are part of the line-up and there’s a special Peace Child 2020 concert by Heathfield Community School which celebrates 30 years since the original production which was so important to the arts centre’s creation.

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Centre Director, Andy Pulleyn said: “When you look at all that has been achieved in that time it is a real testament to the incredible work by all of the staff and volunteers and who have been part of the Tacchi family. We are so grateful to them all. Each year we have so many fantastic professional, community and educational productions, so choosing just 20 events was impossible.

“But ultimately the point is to celebrate all of the types of work that happens here and hopefully the events chosen provide that rounded representation of all we do and have done. It’s going to be a great year and we hope people will celebrate with us.”

The 20 for 20 celebrations will also signal the launch of new fundraising campaigns and sponsorship opportunities, with TMAC aiming to undertake much needed renovations and improvements to the arts centre.

To find out more visit tacchi-morris.com