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Darke Hall Grand Reopening: Celebrating the past, present and future

After more than 12 years of planning, construction, and unwavering support from our community, Darke Hall is once again ready to serve as the cultural hub of southern Saskatchewan – for students of the arts at the University of Regina, as well as community groups and performers from far and wide.

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate what founder Francis Darke envisioned as Saskatchewan’s “temple to the arts” – restored and revitalized to serve the people of our province for generations to come.

Join us for the grand reopening of Darke Hall!

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Reception: 6 p.m.
Performance: 7:30-9 p.m.
Tickets: $115

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This grand reopening celebration will feature a reception and live performances by such local artists as award-winning pianist Katherine Dowling; Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre; Listen to Dis; Conservatory of Performing Arts; Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective Inc.; Western Canadian Music award-winner Jeffery Straker, and other special guests.

Join us for a Community Open House!

Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 1 – 5 p.m.
Guided Tours starting at 1 p.m.
Architects’ Presentation and Q&A from 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Free Live Performances from 2 – 5 p.m.

Register here for this free event!

This free, community open house is an opportunity to discover and explore the renewed Darke Hall with guided tours and performances throughout the afternoon: Hear about Darke Hall’s restoration process through an interactive Q&A with the project's architects; learn about Darke Hall’s history through a special exhibition of artifacts from its storied past; and enjoy performances by such local artists as: University of Regina Chamber Choir, Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Jeffery Straker, Listen to Dis, and Conservatory Pipe Band.

darke-hall-intDarke Hall, April 2021

Temple to the Arts

Opened in 1929, Darke Hall has long-served as the premier concert hall in Regina. Benefactor F. N. Darke’s vision “to build a temple to the arts, and a centre for cultural activity” came to life as groups flocked to the space, prized for its acoustically-sound and visually stunning interior.

Almost 100 years later, thanks to the generous donations and support of our community, together we have breathed new life into this Prairie landmark, restoring Darke Hall to its former historical glory while ensuring that its modernization meets the needs of the 21st century.

With the restoration and modernization of Darke Hall and College Avenue Campus drawing to a close, we are pleased to share with you highlights from the restoration and a glimpse into the fond memories of generations of Darke Hall students, patrons, and community members.

Feature Stories

Booking Darke Hall

For more information on booking Darke Hall, contact Dawn Bergstrom, Darke Hall Manager & Curator.

To make a donation to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project in support of Darke Hall and the College Building, please use the Donate Now button and type 'College Avenue' in the Fund Description box.

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For more information about how you can donate, please contact:

Marc Butikofer, Director of Advancement