Last year’s Cultural Olympiad events and activities across the region acted as a catalyst for cultural tourism. Events like The Moment When in Cheshire, Lakes Alive in Cumbria, Blaze and Preston Guild with WE PLAY Expo in Lancashire, and Sacrilege – Jeremy Deller’s inflatable Stonehenge – appearing in both Preston and Oldham raised the profile of the places where they were happening and brought them national and international attention. The cultural offer in the North West of England has never been stronger. Continue reading
Disability Arts and Culture has grown over the last 30 years into a discernibly confident and accomplished artistic movement of expression around experiences of disability. DaDaFest was the first and is now the most comprehensive and challenging festival of Disability and Deaf Arts in the world.
Big Dance is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance. Taking place across the country as part of the London 2012 Festival, Big Dance features thousands of events inspired by dance. They have been taking place in all sorts of locations and in all dance styles and have included classes, workshops, flashmobs, film screenings, world record attempts and dancing in unusual spaces.
This year will see AND delivering its most ambitious festival yet, a range of public realm, performance, film, visual art and music events exploring the notion of ‘Success’. The festival previews on 22 – 23 June at Cornerhouse, Manchester, followed by events throughout the summer that will culminate in five days of exciting and intense activity in Manchester between 29 August and 2 September. More information about the festival and this year’s programme can be found at www.andfestival.org.uk
Tell Us Another One is a community literature project taking place in local libraries in Greater Manchester. Delivered by Cartwheel Arts, it involves creative writing, performance, publishing and broadcasting and has been supported with an award of £60,000 through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.
Arts Council England today announced funding for two major new pieces of work with children and young people; the delivery of a new National Youth Dance Company and four new In Harmony projects based on the Venezuelan El Sistema project.
Arts Council England today announced funding for two major new pieces of work with children and young people; the delivery of a new National Youth Dance Company and four new In Harmony projects based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model.
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a nationwide programme of the UK’s best arts and culture, running alongside the Games. With more than 10 million free opportunities to get involved, it is the largest cultural celebration in history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic movement. The programme, which has been running since 2008, culminates in London 2012 Festival, a spectacular celebration which will run from 21 September to 9 June 2012.
People of all ages from across the North West are being invited to take an Olympic-inspired cultural journey from Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester to The Quays in Salford this Saturday, 19 May. The free event will see the area around Old Trafford and The Quays transformed – linking culture and sport and London 2012 to the North West as part of the cultural Olympiad programme in the region.
The Transit of Venus Tasting Evening
27th April 2012 6pm to 8pm.
£5 on the door, includes drinks and snacks.
47 Lovat rd
Fancy doing something different this Sunday 29th April? Join Preston artists Susan Walsh, Lubaina Himid for the journey of this exhibition piece – a 14-foot cart which will be pulled by fellow artists David Henckel and Andy Greenacre, and photographed by artist Denise Swanson, from Latham Street to Oxheys Mill Studios on Stanhope Street, through Preston’s city centre on Sunday afternoon.
Part of the North by North West Visual Arts Open weekend, the cart will leave Latham Street near Avenham Park at 12pm and should arrive at Oxheys Mill Studios sometime between 2-3pm depending on how hard David and Andy pull it (and how hung over they are from the Art Picnic the day before!). Continue reading