Lancaster pioneers free Friday cultural scheme

First Fridays is an innovative scheme offering people in the Lancaster district and visitors to the region the opportunity to explore new cultural experiences by trying something different for free or at reduced prices on the first Friday of every month.

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Drawing on Much Ado

The Dukes Gallery, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 1QE

Invitation to exhibition preview – Tuesday 16 October, 6.00pm Demi-Paradise Productions are glad to continue our relationship with Lancaster’s professional producing house, The Dukes Theatre, i n showing the work of our artists in residence and compay photographer. Continue reading

Creative programme marks 400th anniversary of Lancashire Witches trials

Lancashire Witches 400 is a magical mix of walking performances, exhibitions, community workshops, talks and a poem written by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to commemorate the Lancashire Witch Trials. Continue reading

Winning Words – Artists Brief


The Dukes, supported by Litfest, are working with Winning Words and the Forward Arts Foundation on a poetry project connected to the Olympics.  Lancaster is one of only seven towns and cities chosen for this project from across the UK (

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Events for June Lancashire Witches 400 / Bowland Arts festival

Green Close Studios is currently delivering an exciting new project, which explores the heritage of the Lancashire Witch trials and the 400th anniversary in 2012, of their trial and subsequent death. The Lancashire Witches 400 project will consider the heritage of Lancashire, the historical context of religious and social persecution and its relevance to intolerance and injustice today.  We will be working with Professional Historians – Robert Poole and other heritage professionals, to consider the role of the ‘witches’ in 1612 and also the Lancaster based charity Stepping Stones Nigeria in order to develop an understanding of current human rights abuses towards children today accused as ‘witches’ in the Niger delta.

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