On the last night, a jazz trio lead by local pianist Pablo Blitzer had people moving with their unique melodies. After that, Funkatu played groovy tracks while Louey Howell added his vivid didgeridoo playing to the atmosphere.
First Beige, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, fired up the dance floor with their textured synth layers and funky bass as they brought the evening to a conclusion.
Phil Nicholas, an event producer at Events Delivered, was in charge of promoting the grand re-opening events series at the Hall.
“It’s been busy but sparkling, full of wonderful moments where members of this community have come in and seen the Hall which means so much to them,” Phil said in an interview with News Of The Area. “It’s been a wonderful evening.”
“There are also folks who have been hesitant about coming in because they don’t know what to anticipate, and it may be tough when things change.
“(Then) there are people who come in with great expectations and are very pleased with what they’ve seen and heard,” Phil added. “(Then) there are people who come in with great expectations.”
Successful Reopening Celebrations Bring Bello Memorial Hall to Life
Some of the most prominent characteristics of the Hall have been preserved, including the pressed metal ceilings and the marble stairs that have been used as bench seating in the foyer.
Because of the cultural standards, every detail, even to the shade of white paint, was meticulously studied.
When it comes to film screenings, which take place with a drop down screen halfway between the stage and the front row, raked seating gives spectators in the rear of the room a far greater perspective of what’s going on.
The accessibility for people using wheelchairs is remarkable, as is the size of the parking lot.
Although there were no more tickets available, Phil stressed the importance of the audience understanding that “free” does not imply “no value.”
“Free” indicates that you have been offered a spot or seat at no cost, but if you don’t show up, someone else will have to take it.
“It’s important to cancel as a sign of respect to the performers and as a means to allow someone else to use the ticket.”