Westport Town Hall has been at the cultural heart of Westport since first opening its doors to the public in the early 1900s. Located centrally on the Octagon (the town’s main civic space), it has been home to many of the towns active arts, community and voluntary organisations.
The hall was last refurbished in 1973 and was, until its closure on Health and Safety grounds in 2008, a significant part of the Performing Arts product mix.
The absolute imperativeness of a core cultural base for a thriving community such as Westport is what has united the people of the town in their quest to see Westport Town Hall open its doors and be restored to the town.
The Westport Town Hall Restoration Project is inspired by the vision of a dynamic centre of activity to focus Westport’s rich cultural heritage, traditions and people to national and international markets.
The value and potential of Westport Town Hall as a cultural facility and of course the additional tourism focus for Westport has been recognised by a group of the town’s business and community leaders.
The aim of this voluntary community group (Westport Town Hall Ltd.) is to refurbish Westport Town Hall and to create a state-of-the-art, all-weather cultural, community and visitor facility – The Town Hall Theatre, Westport.
The refurbishment, which is almost complete, will restore the building to its former grandeur, allowing it to once more become a vital facility for locals and visitors alike.
With the emphasis being on the performing arts, it will become a state-of-the-art culture-hub incorporating many other community-encompassing activities central to Westport, a designated Heritage town.