The Christchurch Living Advent Calendar will be a series of free events that celebrate the Advent season. Over the 24 days from 1 December to 24 December, there will be daily pop-up performances in different venues to raise money for charity.
The idea originated in Stockholm, with the first such event held in 2005. Similar events have already taken place in the UK, including in Henley-on-Thames, where the organising group chair Rtn Janet Banks used to live.
The calendar is being organised by Christchurch Rotary Club, with support from Christchurch Town Council and BCP Council, and sponsorship from local businesses.
During Advent, a new ‘door’ or ‘window’ will be opened each day at 6.15pm, with a 30-minute performance by local performers including choirs, singers, bands, dance troupes, individual musicians, or theatrical moments. All events will be subject to any Covid restrictions that may be in place at the time.
The host venue will change each day, as will the charity being supported. These will be advertised in advance, but the performers taking part will be kept secret until each door opens, so there will be a new surprise every night. The events will culminate in a special, surprise Christmas Eve closing events in Saxon Square.
The programme of events is currently being filled. Many slots have been taken, but the organisers are keen to hear from performers who would like to take part, venues that would like to host an event or charities that would like to participate.
Chris McClaverty, President of Christchurch Rotary for 2020/22, said the club offered “immediate support” when it first heard of the project.
“Sadly we could not run it in 2020, but we believe that it will now offer a prospect of hope and cheer for December 2021 after the grim period that we have all been through. It will help to foster community spirit while raising the profile of Christchurch performers, businesses, and charities alike. We are so grateful to all who have come forward to help, and welcome additional offers.”
Anyone who would like to get involved is invited to email email@example.com to find out more.
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