Macrobert News

A Safer Big Screen Experience

We're delighted to have opened our doors and re-started our film programme after a period of closure for the COVID-19 health crisis. Your safety is still our priority so we've introduced some new measures to ensure your cinema experience is safe as well as entertaining. 
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We recognise that black voices in the arts are vital, and that many still face a struggle for their voices to be heard. Since the tragic death of George Floyd on 25 May and the outpouring of cries for change from across the world, we have been reviewing our core organisational values and how these inform the conversations and experiences we programme. It is clear there is more to do and we are committed to taking the time to listen, question and discuss what more can be done to play our part in making a global change. Our promise is to champion black artists, filmmakers and voices from all backgrounds. Only through a diversity of voices can we create an arts sector that is representative and open to all.
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After careful consideration and in light of the ongoing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown, we have decided to delay this year’s panto, Maw Goose, until 2021. Each year more than 26,000 local supporters come together for all the joy of laughing, singing and groaning at the gags together – some even get a very special ‘Hello!’ from our Dame. Although the Scottish Government is slowly releasing lockdown measures they cannot yet be sure to provide the fantastic experience audiences expect from a Macrobert Panto, whilst staying socially distant. We want to make the best decision for everyone involved.

60 Seconds in Lockdown

We know that you are doing lots of creative things at the moment, so why not share that creativity and submit your film to our ultra-short film competition - 60 Seconds in Lockdown. Hopefully you will have access to basic filmmaking equipment - through your phone, digital camera or otherwise - so join our celebration of everyone’s creativity with us and be in with a chance of seeing your short film on the big screen.  
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As we all play our part in this lockdown, we're sign-posting you to a selection of online arts experiences from some of our fantastic creative partners. There's lots going on in the digital world so this is just a snap-shot of what's on offer, but hopefully you'll be inspired to do a bit of exploring yourselves and share with us and your family and friends. With such a great selection of quality opportunities on offer, together we can be entertained, inspired, educated and so much more. 
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We may have closed our doors on 20 March to do our bit to 'Stay Safe, Stay Home', but we're keeping our ear to the ground for opportunities for you to keep connected and enjoy a variety of experiences from your own home. We're therefore delighted to share, that thanks to our friends at Modern Films, you can still enjoy one of films we had planned for our April cinema programme, The Perfect Candidate. 
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As the situation around COVID-19 has continued to progress this week and with schools closing their doors at the end of this week we have taken the decision to close our building from 3pm today (Fri 20 Mar) as well as suspend all live events, film and event cinema screenings and classes/workshops for the foreseeable future. The health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff and all those who take part in our activities continues to be our number one priority, in what is an unprecedented and uncertain situation for us all.
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In light of the advice issued on Monday 16 March by both the Scottish and UK Governments we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all live events, film and event cinema screenings as well as classes/workshops until Sunday 12 April. We recognise that this suspension is likely to be much longer and will update you as the situation becomes clearer.   The health and safety of our audiences, artists, staff and all those who take part in our activities is our number one priority, in what is an unprecedented and uncertain situation for us all. 
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There is a great deal of communication about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and it isn’t always clear how it applies to our lives and activities. We hope you find it helpful to know what we are doing at Macrobert Arts Centre. We are closely monitoring the guidance and government announcements and will act appropriately and promptly to any new advice. The health and safety of our staff, audiences, artists and all those who take part in our activities are our number one priority. Read on for more information about what we're doing to keep our customers and staff members safe during this difficult time. 


In partnership with the University of Stirling and The University of Stirling Student Union, we're getting involved in a week of events and activities aimed at promoting wellbeing across all areas.  To coincide with the national University Mental Health Day on Thu 5 Mar, Wellbeing Week takes place from Mon 2 to Fri 6 Mar - there's lots of free activities and events to get involved in.