Friday, 23 August 2013

First Fridays - Fun in this world, in Lancaster Arts City

Lancaster is the place to be on September 6 if you want to start your weekend with an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, art, music and storytelling.

For these are all on the menu this First Friday thanks to the Lancaster Arts Partners initiative which is rapidly growing momentum.

The fun begins with Wonderlore’s Travelling Story Shop calling into Lancaster Library from 4-6pm. Presented by Litfest, this is a free drop-in storymaking activity for families led by Miss Wonderlore and her blue suitcase full of tales.

Music fans are spoilt for choice with free gigs by the Groove Cutters at the Stonewell Tavern and President Roots at The Penny Bank both from 9.30pm.

The Jazz Mansion opens its doors again at Forrest Hills from 8pm (tickets £15); and you can even enjoy The Art of Wine at the Robert Gillow from 7.30pm featuring music by Boogie Bill Roberts plus introductions to winemaking and viticulture for £13.50.

The first ever exhibition devoted to innovative local portrait artist Becky Mann, featuring paintings of criminals, office workers and famous activists, takes place at The Lord Ashton from 7pm. Christine Rooney’s exhibition at The Storey Institute features a colourful mix of her local scenes, her Olympic paintings and her ‘happy’ paintings from 5pm. Both exhibitions are free.

And if all this art puts a spring in your step, why not join the Silent Disco Walk, back by popular demand from 7.30pm. Be part of the latest dance craze and join the 30 minute Silent Disco around Lancaster followed by a half hour silent boogie in the Ludus Dance studio. This is a free event, all you need is headphones, something to play your favourite tunes and comfy shoes.

Among the theatrical highlights to enjoy on September 6 are Uncanny Corner, a silent, movement-based piece, at The Gregson from 8pm (tickets £5/£3).

A free season showcase at The Dukes includes a production preview and plenty of backstage gossip about the forthcoming romantic comedy No Fat Juliets from 6.30pm (reservations advised).

Morecambe’s not missing out this First Friday either as from 7.30pm, Morecambe Warblers youth productions present Bugsy Malone at The Platform (tickets £10/£8).

For full details on the events above and booking info visit our what's on calendar at www.virtual-lancaster.net

First Fridays are organised by Lancaster Arts Partners and take place every month. They offer special events, most of them free, to encourage more people to experience the wide variety of arts activities available in the district. First Fridays also promote Lancaster Arts City.

For  the free ‘what’s on’ app, visit www.artscity.co.uk, and for more information, visit Lancaster Arts City on Facebook

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