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Friday 10 February

See Oldham in a new light... and explore the town centre for our first late-night arts festival

Follow the ‘trail of light’ from Oldham Parish Church down to Gallery Oldham to see all the wondrous events, happenings and installations.

Oldham Parish Church

  • Parade of Illumination – Join the Oldham Owl on a nocturnal parade to its new home in Parliament Square. Carnival performers will bring a trail of sound and movement, accompanied by a river of beautiful paper lanterns made by local children and their families. Parade starts at 6pm.
  • Within These Walls – Astonishing 3D projections as Illuminos transform Oldham Parish Church into a giant living canvas. As bells peal and pipes ring the external walls come alive with the extraordinary colours and beautiful patterns found inside the church.
  • Crypt by Candlelight – Take a guided tour beneath the church. Call 0161 770 3070 to book.
  • Cascadence – Water, mechanical movement and cascading sound in the church gardens, created by Oldham artist Mike Green.

Parliament Square and Old Town Hall Cinema

  • Spark! – Magical and mysterious LED drummers use light and sound to transform the landscape around them.
  • The Tempest – Global Grooves present a unique and beautiful performance celebrating carnival arts from across the world. Magical creatures set sail on a sea of illuminated ocean wings in a story inspired by Shakespeare’s tale.
  • Lights, Camera, Action! – A special screening of the classic trial drama To Kill A Mockingbird (PG) in the perfect setting of the Old Court Room of the new ODEON Oldham.
  • The Oldham Giant –The amazing 5-metre tall illuminated puppet, created by Handmade Parade for the opening of The Old Town Hall, returns.
  • Light Works – A construction site with a difference as The Bureau of Silly Ideas put the finishing touches to the new public square.

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Gallery Oldham

  • A Night At The Gallery – Gallery Oldham opens late to showcase its award-winning collections. Includes a visit from an illuminated vintage bus from Manchester Transport Museum to mark the new exhibition
  • Starcrossed – Discover a kaleidoscope of Shakespearean curiosities by artist Richard Dawson in the Gallery gardens.
  • Stomp To The Light – An exciting new youth dance performance created by Oldham Theatre Workshops and choreographer Jessica Pearson.
  • Oldham Illuminated – Explore fascinating photographic gems from the past at Oldham Local Studies and Archives on Union Street. 5–7pm

Plus

  • Hack Oldham – LED electronics workshops at the Pop-Up Hack Space at Tommyfield Market on Albion Street. 6–9pm Charges apply, more details available at www.hackoldham.com

Get involved

  • Saturdays 28 January and 4 February before the main event
  • Lantern Workshops – Free family lantern making workshops at Gallery Oldham, 10.30am–4pm.
  • Hack Oldham – Make illuminated gizmos at the Pop-Up Hack Space at Tommyfield Market Hall, 1–4pm