For one night only

Halifax Courier - - This Week In Court - By Cassie Irv­ing

Square Chapel Cen­tre for the Arts un­der­went a ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion which saw it step back in time to the 1930s and re­open as The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel. A full house of guests all dressed in at­tire from the era were wel­comed by Square Chapel’s very own Mon­sieur Gus­tave H and Zero the Lobby Boy, played by Stephen and Joe Fine­gold.

They were given a hand­drawn map upon ar­rival which led them firstly to the ho­tel guest room which was dressed with an­tiques, then down the red car­pet and onto a photo booth.

Peo­ple were served a drink while be­ing ser­e­naded with live mu­sic from the Az­zurro String Quar­tet.

They could also en­joy canapés made by Babushka Rus­sian Café and cakes from Mendl’s Pat­tis­erie and the house opened for waltz­ing, led by dance part­ners from Dance 4 All, fol­lowed by a screen­ing of Wes An­der­son’s award-win­ning mas­ter­piece The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel.

Ali­son Ford, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, said: “The event was a huge suc­cess for many rea­sons sur­round­ing the wide au­di­ence it at­tracted, the over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse.

“And of course the fact that it raised an as­ton­ish­ing £3,000 for Square Chapel’s trans­for­ma­tion project cor­ner­stone, an am­bi­tious ex­ten­sion project to in­crease ac­cess, im­prove fa­cil­i­ties and cre­ate a sec­ond, more in­ti­mate au­di­to­rium with a cinema screen as well as a brand new foyer, box of­fice and café bar.

“It aims to put Square Chapel right at the heart of the new cul­tural quar­ter of Hal­i­fax along­side the Orange­box Young Peo­ple’s Cen­tre, the new cen­tral li­brary and the grade-I listed Piece Hall.

For more on the ac­tiv­i­ties go to­ner­stone for de­tails.

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