"Illuminate" arts festival comes to Oldham
See Oldham in a new light as three of the town centre’s iconic venues play host to the borough’s first late-night arts festival, Illuminate.
With a range of illuminative-themed performances, attractions and workshops lined up at Oldham’s Parish Church, Parliament Square and Gallery Oldham, there’s something for all of the family to enjoy on Friday 10 February (5-9pm).
A Parade of Illumination will kick off the festival as carnival performers and a river of paper lanterns accompany the Oldham Owl, with music and rhythm, to its new home in Parliament Square.
Astonishing 3D projections from Illuminos follow at Oldham Parish Church along with tours beneath the building, before we witness the return of the five metre tall Oldham Giant. The local legend will be joining spectators in Parliament Square to watch Global Grooves present a unique carnival performance inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and more.
The fun continues at Gallery Oldham with a late opening to showcase its award-winning collections. A visit from an illuminated vintage bus from Manchester Transport Museum will be on show to mark the new exhibition, ‘Fares Please’, whilst a range of Shakespearean curiosities by Richard Dawson will be on display in the gallery gardens.
Oldham Theatre Workshop will also be performing an exciting new youth dance piece, choreographed by Jessica Pearson.
Hack Oldham will have an LED electronics workshop on throughout the evening (6-9pm) at their Hack Space in Tommyfield Market (charges apply) and you can also explore photos from the past at Oldham Local Studies and Archives (5-7pm).
Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader said: “We are all very excited to be hosting our first ever late-night arts festival, and there is nowhere better to do this than in the heart of our new look town centre.
“Illuminate is a real family friendly event and the town centre will look stunning as it comes alive with light. It’s going to be popular, so we advise you to get here early to enjoy a great evening of illumination.”