Belfast Harbour Gives Schools a Passport to the MAC

Leading arts venue, the MAC, is delighted to welcome Belfast Harbour on-board as the official 2016 supporter of its ‘Passport to the MAC’ programme, which kicks off this Autumn.

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Leading arts venue, the MAC, is delighted to welcome Belfast Harbour on-board as the official 2016 supporter of its ‘Passport to the MAC’ programme, which kicks off this Autumn.

Some 3,500 school children will visit the MAC’s Christmas production of Pinocchio, starting in November, and to support with travel costs the MAC launched its innovative ‘Passport to the MAC’ programme, which provides schools with a £350 bursary towards travel expenditure.  

Through its sponsorship Belfast Harbour is enabling 10 local schools to experience the gift of theatre this Christmas. These schools are Holy Family, Fane Street, Park Lodge, St Anne’s, Greenwood, Euston St and John Paul II Primary Schools in Belfast, Jordanstown School, Jordanstown and Sunnylands and Silverstream Primary Schools, Carrickfergus.

Speaking on why they wished to be involved, Jenni Barkley, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager at Belfast Harbour says:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the MAC to support the delivery of their Passport scheme which actively encourages young people to engage with creative activities. The travel bursary ensures those who may find transport a barrier, get to enjoy a play in a venue they may not have visited before and we hope it encourages them to want to return.  As with all our CR partnerships we hope our support will make a real difference to schools and communities across Belfast and we hope the children benefit from visiting a venue such as the MAC.”

Anne McReynolds, Chief Executive at the MAC added:

“Our aim with the Passport to the MAC programme is to ensure that there no limitations to children who want to experience the transformative power of the arts. The support and involvement of Belfast Harbour is fantastic and together we are able to bring the magic of theatre to life in the hearts and minds of future generations.”

The MAC’s Christmas show for 2016 is the magical Pinocchio. Proudly sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas and presented with partners, the award-winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI.

MAC school tickets are priced £8 per pupil, for every 10 tickets booked, you get the 11th free. To book your school tickets for  the remaining available show on Wed 7 Dec at 1pm, please contact Melissa McMinn at the MAC on 028 90892966 or email melissa@themaclive.com.