Illuminate Arts Festival – Oldham

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Courtesy Oldham Council

Illuminate Arts Festival – Oldham at Gallery Oldham, Manchester 26 February 2022 Entrance is free

This Friday sees Oldham’s first late-night arts festival as music, performances, events, lanterns and installations take over the town centre across Gallery Oldham, Oldham Parish Church, Parliament Square and Old Town Hall Cinema.

Follow the carnival lantern Parade of Illumination which will bring the “Oldham Owl” to Parliament Square and brace yourselves for the 5 metre tall spectacular local legend (and lantern to end all lanterns) that is the “Oldham Giant”.

Brilliant street arts spectacles include the mighty Spark! illuminated drummers, Global Grooves’ carnival arts version of The Tempest and The Bureau of Silly Ideas.

Spark! drummers

Witness Within These Walls as 3D projections from Illuminos will light up Oldham Parish Church revealing the colours and patterns found within to a bells and pipes soundtrack from the church itself while Oldham artist Mike Green presents Cascadence – an installation of cascading sound, water and mechanical movements in the church gardens.

Head to the glorious Gallery Oldham for a special late-night opening which will include an illuminated vintage bus from Manchester Transport Museum and Stomp To The Light dance performance performed by Oldham Theatre Workshop. Don’t miss the Starcrossed installation of “Shakespearian curiosities” by artist Richard Dawson in the gallery gardens. Oldham’s definitely where it’s at.

Illuminate Arts Festival – Oldham at Gallery Oldham, Manchester 26 February 2022 Entrance is free

Where to go near Illuminate Arts Festival – Oldham

Event venue
Hack Oldham

Hack Oldham is an event space that also offers co-working, community groups and crafting in the heart of Oldham.

The Yoga Seed Oldham
The Yoga Seed Oldham

The Yoga Seed is an intimate studio just outside of Oldham town centre. Run by Sharon it offers small classes including a men only class.

Epic Apart Hotel

The Epic Apart Hotel offers 14 serviced apartments – and is bang-slap in the middle of the Ropewalks district, right behind FACT.

Middleton Arena

The Arena has a regular programme of arts and entertainment including live music, concerts, comedy and dances with stage shows and national tours. With two licensed bars this is the perfect location for a great night out.

Tameside Library

Tameside Library has the library on one floor and the Central Art Gallery above. Sounds a little like an arts centre. It’s all housed in a comfortable and sturdy building.

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Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Enjoy fun and creative activities designed to encourage your little ones to play freely in the fresh air, while exploring nature and the outdoors with family and friends.

free entry

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