Illuminate Arts Festival – Oldham

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Courtesy Oldham Council

Illuminate Arts Festival – Oldham at Gallery Oldham, Manchester, 26 February 2022, free entry - Visit now

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 5:00 pm
Free entry

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
T'was the gig before Christmas at Z-arts
4 December 2022 11:00 am, from £9.00

T’was the gig before Christmas at Z-arts

Image credit: Maryna Makarenko, Sun-Eaters, 2022
Cinema Until 4 December 2022, from £5

HOME Artist Film Weekender 2022

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals Until 4 December 2022, FREE

Lightwaves at Salford Quays

Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre
Families Until 11 December 2022, from £27.00

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre

Music Until 17 December 2022, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Melissa Wan
Literature Until 17 December 2022, from £7

Ghosts at the Old Library

Cinema Until 22 December 2022, from £20.00

Backyard Cinema

autumn season at z-arts
Families Until 30 December 2022, FREE

Autumn season at Z-arts

Families Until 30 December 2022, from £6.00

Glow at RHS Garden Bridgewater

Childrens Until 31 December 2022, FREE

Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Activity Until 31 December 2022, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester