Eleven Arches is a registered charity with the objective to produce a world class
night show, underpinned by a bold, innovative and engaging arts, education and community development
We will deliver a must-see performance of Kynren year after year - this is the
cornerstone of our longevity. However, we are determined to create not just a world class display of
technical and artistic performance, but an outstanding and inspirational experience for visitors
and volunteers alike; one that sustains our Show and our Community for generations to come. One where
understanding our roots reawakens a sense of interest and pride. One that places the celebration of our
regional and national heritage at the centre of a new breed of visitor destinations wholly ‘owned’,
orchestrated and celebrated by its host community.
The success of the night show will be measured by its commercial performance as well as the social and
economic change it enables and drives. All the profits of the show will be reinvested in sustaining the
world class standard of Kynren and supporting our training
academy in all the skills needed in its production.
It is no accident that the show is called ‘Kynren’ echoing the Anglo-Saxon word for generation, for over
the decades to come it will bring together generations of families who have shared fun, achievements and
purpose, and who have been united in a common artistic venture
that transcends generational divides.
Eleven Arches is the vision of philanthropist Jonathan
. It is one of two charities established by Jonathan Ruffer in Bishop Auckland, the
other being Auckland Castle Trust. Together, they will establish Bishop Auckland as a national and
international tourist destination, acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area.