Let it be light with Whitemountain

Here at the MAC, we are set to upgrade twenty of our mobile lights, thanks to the funding from the Whitemountain Programme.

The new lighting equipment will be used to upgrade our Upstairs Theatre with a full LED lighting system. This will have a dramatic impact on reducing the amount of electricity used and will also benefit theatre activities and relaxed performances for schools and community groups.

Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive at The MAC, commented, “We are delighted to have received funding from the Whitemountain Programme. This support will enable us to provide essential LED lighting within our theatre spaces in the MAC, which will reduce our carbon footprint and give our artistic partners greater creative options. Ultimately, we are delighted that this funding will allow us to equip more spaces and enable us to work with more schools and community partners, fulfilling our purpose to enrich people’s lives by unlocking the power of the imagination.”

Niamh-Anne McNally, Whitemountain’s Communication Officer, commented, “Whitemountain is delighted to support local community and biodiversity projects through the Whitemountain Programme. In the summer, the programme celebrated £6 million investment in local projects and this autumn we have achieved another milestone with 200 projects being supported since the programme was launched in 2008. We are delighted to provide funding to such an iconic organisation in Belfast; we hope that the new lighting equipment will assist in setting the mood for performances in the Mac for many years to come.”

The Whitemountain Programme distributes the Landfill Communities Fund to projects dedicated to bringing positive change to communities within a 15-mile radius of the landfill site at Mullaghglass on the outskirts of Lisburn. The Programme is managed by Groundwork Northern Ireland.

Angelica Florez who oversees the Programme for Groundwork Northern Ireland added: “The variety of community-orientated activities and performances at The MAC makes this an exciting project. We hope through this funding, more community groups in Belfast will have the opportunity to access the magical world of art. We are delighted that the Whitemountain Programme helps to change lives, places and prospects”.

For full details of the Whitemountain Programme, visit Groundwork Northern Ireland’s website.