Big Imaginations

Big Imaginations Festival

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

Families across the region rejoice as The Big Imaginations Festival of family theatre brings nine remarkable shows to 26 venues across the North West this autumn.

Expect astonishing light shows and musical adventures, the wisdom of ancient fables and the newest kinds of fairy tales from renowned artists and theatre companies from all over the globe.

Crucially, this festival is about the diversity of the world and cultures around us which is reflected in this cracking range of theatrical experiences. Big and little kids alike can immerse themselves in stories which are a true reflection of their own and shared worlds and the variety of experiences which surround us all.

We love that this wonderful partnership working from venues across the region, led by Manchester’s Z-arts, has not only resulted in a festival of such relevant and high quality work for family audiences but it’s relatively affordable too.

We also love the diversity of venues from grand halls to village halls, theatres to libraries and community centres. Across one fortnight throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Yorkshire, children of all ages can be inspired by innovative dramatic adventure and families can make lasting memories together.

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Red Stars: A History of Russian Football
Sports 13 June–23 September 2018, FREE

Red Stars: A History of Russian Football

Exhibitions 31 August–27 September 2018, FREE

FRONT at STOCK Gallery

othellomacbeth at HOME
Theatre 13–29 September 2018, from £10.00

OthelloMacbeth at HOME

Cinema 11–30 September 2018, from £7

Not Just Bollywood 2018 at HOME

Queen Margaret at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 14 September–6 October 2018, from £9.00

Queen Margaret at the Royal Exchange

陈秋林 Chen Qiulin 空的城 The Empty City 数码艺术微喷印刷. Part of Aquatopia at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester
Exhibitions 6 July–7 October 2018, FREE

Aquatopia at CFCCA

Families 5 May–28 October 2018, from £Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Journeys of the Imagination at Quarry Bank

URWOTUEAT, 2017 – John Powell Jones. Part of SUBI 수비 at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Exhibitions 14 September–4 November 2018, FREE

SUBI 수비 at Castlefield Gallery

David Ogle: Land/Lines at HOME, Manchester
Exhibitions 7 September–4 November 2018, FREE

David Ogle: Land/Lines at HOME