The Farquhar Auditorium celebrates 40 years

Farquhar Auditorium

VICTORIA B.C.-The Farquhar Auditorium at UVic celebrates 40th birthday with a fresh new brand.

Celebrating 40 years of serving the community, the Farquhar Auditorium is launching a new brand look and fresh feel with its 2018-19 season. The new brand which shortens the full name of the University Centre Farquhar Auditorium to “The Farquhar at UVic”, will promote the space to a wide variety of audience members and performers, both local and from afar.

The Farquhar at UVic has a proud history of welcoming visitors to UVic, whether that be to the university’s convocation ceremonies, lectures, School of Music performances, a wide range of performing arts, high school graduation ceremonies and much more.

The venue opened its doors to the strains of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, performed by the University of Victoria School of Music Orchestra and Chorus, on September 28, 1978. Since then, the Farquhar’s stage has been graced by countless classical and contemporary artists, attracted by the Farquhar’s reputation as an intimate, versatile and acoustically pure hall.  Built as part of the University Centre complex, the Farquhar was the first “surround” hall built in Canada. The prime objectives of the facility’s design were to provide good acoustics and sightlines from all seats. The Farquhar has long enjoyed its national reputation as a premier acoustic venue.

The venue plays a major role in the community hosting the majority of high school graduation ceremonies as well as concerts by local arts organizations such as the Victoria Symphony, the Victoria Choral Society, the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and many more. Many cultural celebrations like Diwali celebrations and Shan-e-Punjab take place at the Farquhar each year. The stage sees a plethora of local dance studio performances and drawn crowds for lecturers such as Julie Payette, Al Gore, Vandana Shiva, Ed Begley Jr., Deepak Chopra and Stephen Lewis. In this way, the Farquhar helps the University of Victoria to serve the community as a place of education, research, training and community engagement.

As a popular venue for commercial presenting, the Farquhar has seen many famous faces on its stage over the years. Performances by such famous comedy and musical acts as Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bruce Cockburn, Dylan Moran, Randy Bachman, B.B, King, Pat Benatar, Chris Cornell, Martin Short, Mick Fleetwood, Margaret Cho, Bruce McCulloch, Paul Anka, The Waterboys, and Nana Mouskouri are just some of the well-known artists who have enjoyed a tour stop at the venue.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in September, the Farquhar continues to present diverse programming and rental space to the local community and area presenters, all supported by professional in house services.

For more information on the Farquhar’s 2018-19 season, please see separate media release.