From live performances to cinema experiences, the BAC Performance Hall provides the campus and community with access to internationally acclaimed artists and regional favorites. In addition, the space serves as a dynamic venue for educational symposiums, campus events, and student performances from the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts.
Spring 2020 Offerings
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Bardo Arts Center and the entire Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts will be cancelling all face-to-face events for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum will also remain closed until further notice. For ticket refund information, virtual event opportunities, and more, please read our full update here: ARTS.WCU.EDU/COVID-19
The Performance Hall boasts an elegant 1,000-seat theatre, with finely-tuned acoustics and state-of-the-art lighting system. It is also home to the Josefina Niggli Studio Theatre, a black-box style theater which provides flexible space in an intimate performance setting.
Designed by Gund Partnership, the 122,000 square-foot facility is a bold interpretation of the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains. Staff members visited the Joyce Kilmer National Forest and were inspired by the spiritual and cultural home of the Cherokee. The architect's profound experience of Western North Carolina's regional history, diverse mountain culture and local vernacular inspired the building design.