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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.

Here are our picks

Things to do at Big Imaginations Festival

Families 5 November 2017, from £6

Tales of Birbal at The Boo

Childrens 2 November 2017, from £4.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at The Boo

Childrens 2 November 2017, from £4.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at The Boo

Families 1 November 2017, from £6.80

Tales of Birbal at The Dukes

Childrens 1 November 2017, from £5.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at The Turnpike

Childrens 29 October 2017, from £6.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at Theatre Delicatessen

Childrens 28 October 2017, from £3.00

Handa’s Surprise at Tameside Library

Childrens 27 September 2017, from £4.50

Handa’s Surprise at Waterside Arts Centre

Childrens 26 October 2017, from £6.00

Body of Light at The Atkinson

Childrens 26 October 2017, from £3.00

Handa’s Surprise at Chester Lane Library

Childrens 25 October 2017, from £5.00

Body of Light at Leigh Dance Hub

Childrens 23 October 2017, from £6.00

Handa’s Surprise at Lancaster Arts

Childrens 22 October 2017, from £6.00

Handa’s Surprise at Z-arts

Childrens 22 October 2017, from £4.50

Body of Light at Waterside Arts Centre

Childrens 21 October 2017, from £6.00

Body of Light at Lancaster Arts

Childrens 21 October 2017, from £5.00

Handa’s Surprise at The Turnpike

Childrens 21 October 2017, from £6

Child of the Divide at Burnley Youth Theatre

Childrens 20 October 2017, from £6.00

Handa’s Surprise at The Atkinson

Childrens 20 October 2017, from £5.00

Big Imaginations Jazz Club at Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Things to do right now

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Dance 19–20 October 2017, from £12

Andante at The Lowry

Theatre 18–21 October 2017, from £15.50

Under Glass at The Lowry

Exhibitions 7 July–22 October 2017, FREE

From Ocean to Horizon at CFCCA

Music 19–22 October 2017, from £6.00

Manchester Folk Festival 2017

Festivals 19–29 October 2017,

Manchester Science Festival 2017

Dance 14 September–1 November 2017,

The Lowry Autumn Season 2017

Exhibitions 24 June–1 November 2017, FREE

Raqib Shaw at the Whitworth

Exhibitions 22 September–5 November 2017, FREE

AND A 123 at Castlefield Gallery

Families 19 October–5 November 2017, from £6

Big Imaginations Festival