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What’s On at The HAC

What’s on at the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine for culture lovers?

The well-known HAC venue is nestled nicely in Irvine Harbourside and offers a warm welcome to lovers of books, visual arts, theatre, music and comedy. It is considered to be the cultural hub for North Ayrshire and also hosts a wide range of classes and workshops to suit all ages and abilities.

Wed, March 15 – Sat, April 29: An Exhibition of Work by Ayr Sketch Club.
In the Main Galleries – free entry. The club is exhibiting at the HAC for the first time. A selection of paintings and drawings will be exhibited and available to buy. The club’s meetings are held at Alloway Village Hall on Monday evenings between September and April. Find out more here: ayrsketchclub.comA private view will take place on Thursday, March 16, 6.30pm to 8pm.

Sat, March 18: The Countess of Fife.
Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £17/£14 (concession) This alt-country outfit is led by Fay Fife, of Rezillos fame. The band will play songs from their debut album STAR OF THE SEA. With support from Kirsten Adamson.

Fri, March 24: Tidelines Book Festival presents Darren McGarvey, The Social Distance Between Us. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10. The Orwell prize-winning author, BAFTA nominated broadcaster and celebrated hip-hop artist confronts the scandal of class-inequality with passion, humility and an optimal dose of humour. Over-14s only.

Sat, March 25: The Blackheart Orchestra.
Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14. Blackheart Orchestra is officially the smallest orchestra in the world. Two people playing 13 instruments between them, Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington draw on their backgrounds in rock, folk, electronica and classical music to create a unique sound frequently compared to early Pink Floyd, Portishead and Kate Bush as well as contemporary composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Film Club: Toddlers, families and adults – there are films for everyone! And the best part…they are FREE! Follow on Facebook or call 01294 274059 for the film programme.

Saturday, April 1: The Good, the Bad and the Poultry.
Noon and 2pm. Free entry. This performance will take place outside, please dress for the weather. Two chickens, a turkey and ‘Hennio Morricone’ (the live poultry band) along with audience members of all ages; work together to explore being brave in the face of ‘danger’ to create the grand shootout finale of every cowboy film ever made. Join in throughout and help figure out who stole the giant golden egg.

Wed, April 12 and Thurs, April 13: Easter Art Classes with Lynn.
Art and craft classes for little ones with an Easter theme! For more   information please call 01294 274059 or email

Fri, April 14: Acoustic McCartney and Sting.
Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13. Gus Boyd, Edinburgh Festival Fringe award winner, returns to the HAC with his interpretations of Paul McCartney and Sting songs.

Thurs, April 27: Geez A Break presents When We Were Young.
Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13/£11 concession. This hilarious and nostalgic production tells the story of one of the many Glasgow young teams of the 1990s as they deal with the trials and tribulations of growing up and the harsh reality of becoming adults – but what scars will youth leave them with?

Fri, May 19: Multimedia theatre production Pibroch.
Starts at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £12. This explores parallels between the Climate. Emergency and the Piper Alpha Disaster in 1988. Created by Aberdeenshire-based writer and artist, John Bolland, this exciting new production uses words, live music and striking visual imagery to represent the personal and social experiences of Piper Alpha survivors and their relationship to the challenges each of us face in a warming world.  Over-12s only.

Opening times and booking tickets

Wednesday – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Thursday – 9:30am to 4:30pm
Friday – 9:30am to 5pm
Saturday – 9:00am to 4:30pm

The box office is open during normal opening hours (see above). You can also reserve tickets by telephone during these times on 01294 274059 or online at TicketSource, using our secure ticket system. Tickets will be emailed to you.

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