Central Coast’s long-awaited arts venue has opened

THE Central Coast's long awaited premier new arts venue has opened in spectacular fashion  with a promise of more to come.

Located in Anzac Ave in the heart of Wyong. The Art House, was built by Wyong Council at a cost of almost $13m

The much anticipated opening night concert was a sell-out and featured an all-star cast, led by guest choreographer direct from Los Angeles, Joshua Horner.

Josh, who is a former judge on Dancing with the Stars was raised in Wyong and during his early years, because of a lack of performing arts facilities on the Central Coast, was forced to travel to Sydney for lessons.

Nonetheless he was delighted to be asked to be an ambassador for the new cultural centre and for opening night worked tirelessly with talented local performers to create a premier new work, alongside performances by Gina Jeffries, Elaskia, Options Theatre Company, Central Coast Opera and many more.

Central Coast Council's Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds said he was thrilled to be part of the opening of such a magnificent asset for the Central Coast region.

"I congratulate everyone involved and the former Wyong Shire Council's vision and leadership in funding the construction of this amazing cultural facility," Mr Reynolds said

"Thank you also to the State Government through Arts NSW and Clubs Grants NSW for their contribution towards the very important fit out elements.

"Over 10 years of planning and persistence has allowed the old Memorial Hall to be transformed into a state of the art facility that will benefit our community for generations to come."

The opening was the culmination of a major financial investment by Council to construct the 500 seat theatre, 130 seat studio space, meeting room, exhibition space and café/bar; incorporating a state-of-the-art fly tower that can accommodate professional touring productions.

Gina Jeffries, who lives on the Central Coast with her music producer husband Rod McCormack, was high in her praise of the venue having no doubt it would attract future "big name performers" to the region.

She described it as a good size for touring acts such as herself.

Meantime there are plans to build a second cultural and performing arts centre in Gosford but while numerous sites have been identified none has been selected.

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