Save Bangor Courthouse

Pictured above is Bangor courthouse, a superb example of Victorian architecture, listed building and seafront landmark. It has been closed for the last five years and is slowly but surely falling into a state of disrepair. However, DTNI member Open House Festival, has come up with a visionary plan to renovate the courthouse and establish there a permanent festival venue, as well as an arts and entertainment hub, capable of hosting gigs, film events, pop-up food events, artisan markets and everything else that the creative minds behind the festival can imagine. The takeover of the building would represent the first community asset transfer since the policy was implemented in May 2014 and a significant cultural boost to the town. In order to secure a short-term lease and carry out urgent works, £30,000 is needed;  and as it operates as a small not-for-profit charity, Open House is relying on donations to hit this target. They have therefore launched their first ever crowdfunding campaign to rescue the old Bangor Court House – and reclaim it as a much-needed cultural venue for the town and a year round home for the festival. You can make a donation here Or take part in a raffle…* Local artist Terry Bradley has very kindly donated a 36” by 48″ limited edition print for raffle – at only £10 per ticket. The print is priced at £800 and all proceeds will go to the crowdfunding campaign. Tickets are available right up until the 21st December. Terry and the Open House team will make the draw that day and the lucky winner will be notified immediately; just in time for Christmas. Each ticket is numbered individually so you can increase your chances of winning by buying as many as you like! Terry Bradley raffle tickets here Or how would you fancy a nice new year retreat in Donegal? A friend of the festival has generously donated a week’s holiday in a three-cottage house in Carrigart. Normally this is priced at £500 but you can buy a raffle ticket for just £10. Carrigart cottage raffle tickets here To keep tabs on the campaign, follow @openhousefest on Twitter and search for #savebangorcourthouse   *PLEASE NOTE THAT BOTH THE ABOVE COMPETITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED*