AEC: 10 years of entertainment

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on December 6, 2020

ONE of Albany’s most iconic buildings will celebrate its 10th birthday in style on December 11 by hosting a free community event.

The Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) was opened on December 10, 2010 and has since seen a wide variety of acts and shows come through its doors.

AEC Manager Drew Dymond reminisced on the first time the building welcomed the public inside.

“I was lucky enough to be here when it first opened in another capacity at the time, I never realised I’d be lucky enough to be the manager,” he said.

“I remember people were very excited and the place was filled to capacity.

“There was a tremendous buzz around the place that people had a brand-new world-class facility in their town.”

Original plans to recreate the centre’s first opening gala in honour of its first 10 years have been put on hold until 2021 due to the challenges faced this year.

From 3.30pm on December 11, the public are invited to join in the celebration with live music inside and out of the venue, canapes, drinks, and free family activities.

Guided tours, circus performers, local artists, and the cutting of a birthday cake can also be found at the centre, which hopes to welcome all members of the community.

Mr Dymond said he was looking forward to share in the celebration.

“We all feel very privileged to manage the venue and provide the service to the community, and we all feel it’s a wonderful asset to the region,” he said.