David Byrne’s Reasons to be Cheerful

Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm

Waterville Opera House

Waterville Opera House, 1 Common St, Waterville, ME

On March 30, musician and artist David Byrne will bring his inspirational speaking series Reasons to be Cheerful to the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine.

The live event series is organized by Byrne’s online magazine Reasons to be Cheerful, a publication he launched to document successful solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. In Waterville, Byrne will share the incredible story of Maine’s Penobscot River, which has undergone a stunning revival through a landmark dam-removal project that became a model for similar efforts around the world. Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation and Laura Rose Day of the 7 Lakes Alliance will join Byrne for an hour-long program designed to uplift and encourage anyone who believes in conservation and collective action.

Reasons to be Cheerful launched in 2019 as a “tonic for tumultuous times.” It has since grown into a leader in the field of solutions journalism, publishing stories about positive change from across the globe. Its popular weekly newsletter has over 130,000 subscribers, and its live event series has brought its stories to life on stages from Knoxville, Tennessee to Portland, Oregon.

David Byrne is a musician, artist, and the founder of Reasons to be Cheerful. He is also the founder of the Arbutus Foundation, a nonprofit that celebrates, re-presents and amplifies ideas found in surprising places, ensuring that our picture of the world contains the joy that it should, and is accessible to everyone. Reasons to be Cheerful is the foundation’s first project.

On Sale to WC Members: Monday, January 29 at 10am

Artist Presale: Monday, January 29 at 10am - Sunday, February 4

On Sale to Public: Monday, February 5 at 10am

Tickets: $29
Prices include a per ticket handling fee. Tickets are nonrefundable.
No discounts will be eligible for this show.

Artist Pre-Sale: To gain access to the ArtistPre-Sale, login to your existing Waterville Creates account or create a new one. Once logged in, navigate back to this page and click on the Member Pre-Sale button. Enter the promo code on the following page to access the seating map and purchase tickets.

All proceeds support the Youth Arts Access Fund

This event is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund.

Presented with major support from the Harold Alfond Foundation.


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