Battersea Arts Centre turns 50 this year!

News at Eden Harper | 17/01/2024

Battersea Arts Centre turns 50!

Battersea Arts Centre on Lavender Hill is turning 50 this year, a fantastic achievement for a venue that has been a source of community and creativity for many.  The building had been left empty after its use as a town hall came to an end but in 1974 Wandsworth councillors officially re-opened it as a place for community arts projects.

The building has seen many changes since becoming BAC, including renovation works to allow more spaces for performance and a fire in 2015 which caused huge damage to the Grand and Lower Halls.  Good will and donations from the local community and others allowed its team to rebuild and they have gone from strength to strength since.

The venue and its work aim to encourage positive change, inclusivity and creativity for all. Their community projects include a young producers programme, community garden, beatbox and dance academies and spaces for local groups to run their activities.

Their programme for the coming year includes music, theatre, dance and comedy for all ages as well as special events and activities to celebrate their milestone so it's a great time to find out what they do and see some live performance to brighten the winter days.

To find out more about what is happening at BAC, their ethos and the history of the building please visit