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WE’RE BACK! After taking a year’s break due to the pandemic, Wigan Arts Festival is making a come-back with two weeks packed full of events and cultural activities on 30th July – 14th August. This year, The Old Courts, who have previously organised the festival, have teamed up with several partners and cultural organisations including Wigan Council, The Turnpike, WigLe Dance, Leigh Film Society, Spinners Mill, Wigan STEAM and Lancashire Wildlife Trust to help deliver the cross-borough festival. Wigan Arts Festival contains a range of performances, exhibitions and contact points across dance, visual art, music, spoken word and many more to get the cultural juices flowing. “I’m really excited to see the impact that the festival can have and I’d encourage people to seek out familiar favourites but also to experience something different. There will be a vast array to choose from! Collaborating with partners external to The Old Courts has always been something we have valued, and I think it’s a real mark of progress that this way of working is being scaled up. We hope to see you at an event!” - Jonny Davenport, Artistic Director at The Old Courts

“We’re really excited that Wigan Arts Festival is taking place again this year. The arts for us are all about building community and giving people a sense of belonging, and we need that now more than ever.” - Louise Robson, Creative Director at Wigan STEAM

“The Wigan Arts Festival is bringing so many different cultural events together for everyone to join in and enjoy. Leigh Film Society is proud to be a part of this celebration that will showcase so many different forms of art and culture.” - Paul Costello, Chair of Leigh Film Society CIO “We’re excited to be working with The Old Courts to deliver a vibrant two-week festival of activity across the borough. Interactive summer activities that are safe and attractive to people of all ages will be a key draw after a turbulent year and we look forward to seeing our borough thriving again.” - Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council

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Workshop

The Turnpike Centre Garden workshop The Turnpike | 30-Jul-21 | 11:00 Join Artist Frances Disley for this event centred on the new Turnpike Centre Garden, a space for recovery and renewal on Leigh Civic Square.

Exhibition

#LoveYourTwinTown

Leigh Library | 30-Jul-21 | 10:00 Go on a journey through Angers and Wigan borough, where you will discover their cultural richness through a selection of photographs. FREE

kids

Exhibition

Return to Nature

Haigh Woodland Park | 30-Jul-21 | 8:00 Photographers Mario Popham and Joe Roper have been working with people from across the Wigan borough to explore what coming outside again and immersing yourself in the green landscape means to them. FREE

Enchanted Trail & Dragon Hunt

Three Sisters | 30-Jul-21 | 11:00 Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust for the launch of the Enchanted Trail and Heritage Trail with artist run activities, including seed bombs and clay sculptures.

Exhibition

We are nature

Mesnes Park | 30-Jul-21 | 8:00 Photography students from the Wigan and Leigh College have explored what coming outside again and immersing yourself in the green landscape means to people from across the borough. FREE

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Exhibition

Return to Nature

Pennington Flash Park | 30-Jul-21 | 7:00 Photographers Mario Popham and Joe Roper have been working with people from across the Wigan borough to explore what coming outside again and immersing yourself in the green landscape means to them. FREE

Exhibition

We Will Always Be Together XX

The Fire Within | 30-Jul-21 | 11:00 We Will Always Be Together xx explores the extraordinary fantasies and new realities created by the computer age, investigating our transfigured lives, as we spend as much time online in digital worlds as we do in reality. FREE

Film

The Road to Happiness

Atherton Square | 30-Jul-21 | 11:00 This short documentary film explores how the people of Wigan & Leigh have found happiness in their everyday jobs and hobbies. FREE

Music

Sounds From The Street: Rivver | The Facades | Nocturnal Coast The Boulevard | 30-Jul-21 | 19:00 Sounds from the Street presents their debut line up at The Boulevard. Tickets: £5.50

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Outdoor

Theatre

Touch AR

The Turnpike | 31-Jul-21 | 11:00 The Brass Art collective have created immersive AR artworks inspired by the borough’s legacy of industry, mining and the renewal of wetlands.

KIDS

Artist led trail

Amberswood | 31-Jul-21 | Artist-led trail with additional art activity.

Wonder

The Fire Within | 31-Jul-21 | 13:45 Our ‘Wonder’; Performance piece captures the experiences, emotions and essence of the impact of the Covid Pandemic upon our lives. FREE

Exhibition

Bubbles - Cross Street Arts

Cross Street Arts | 31-Jul-21 - 14-Aug-21 | Noon Since the beginning of lockdown in 2020 the word ‘bubble’ has taken on new meanings for everyone on how we position ourselves in an uncertain world. A sense of security can be created in our own support bubble with friends and family that protects our sense of community, connection and happiness. Boundaries can be established within our personal bubble that can also evoke feelings of isolation and disconnection from those around us affecting our mental health. Bubbles can also conjure memories in the simple joy of blowing bubbles in our milk as a child or the disappointment of expectations as our bubble is burst. Cross Street Arts studio and associate artists will examine this concept of bubbles across different mediums from painting to sculpture to mixed media. FREE

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Workshop

Cut & Paste - 11-17yrs

The Turnpike | 31-Jul-21 | 13:00 Join artist Andee Collard for a special ‘Health and Happiness’ themed project creating artwork for a new young people’s cafe in Leigh.

Dance

Digital Dance Trail

WigLe Studios | 31-Jul-21 | 10:00 Join WigLe Dance to explore dance in its many styles across the Wigan Borough. FREE

Workshop

KIDS

Artist-led trail at Low Hall

Low Hall Local Nature Reserve | 1-Aug-21 Artist-led trail with additional art activity.

Workshop

Witchy Woodland Workshops 11-14yrs The Turnpike | 2-Aug-21 | 11:00 Join our Witchy Woodland Workshops, a series of 7 workshops, concluding with a finale on 14th Aug as part of the project ‘These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics’.

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Chalk Dance Workshop

TBC | 2-Aug-21 | 14:00 UrbanCanvas will inspire and ignite the imagination of neighbourhoods in both Wigan & Leigh with impromptu chalking art workshops involving residents and families.

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OUTDOOR

Creative Foraging With art art activities

Film

Sing-a-Long Monday’s - Grease

Wigan Flashes Local Nature Reserve | 2-Aug-21 | TBC Launch of the stonecarvings and etchings on the Ochre trail.

Leigh Town Hall | 2-Aug-21 | 12:00 Weekly Sing-a-Long to musicals for lockdown community recovery, health and wellbeing. Tickets: £2.00

Workshop

Theatre

The railway Children Building Memories

Wigan Council Archives & Local Studies | 3-Aug-21 | 12:30 A 2-hour workshop for adults. with members of the ‘MemorabLEIGH’ group and local historian, Julie McKiernan. FREE

Haigh Woodland Park | 3-Aug-21 | 11:30am & 2:00pm This enchanting tale follows the fortunes and adventures of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis after they move form London to a house near a railway line near the country Tickets: £7.50

Outdoor

Turnpike Tots - Teddy Bears Picnic

Pennington Hall Park | 4-Aug-21 | 10:00 This summer our Turnpike Tots programme is getting outdoors through a series of Teddy Bears Picnics in Pennington Hall Park.

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Workshop

theatre

LOCALTALE National Play Day in Leigh

Leigh Town Hall | 4-Aug-21 | 10:00 Join us as we celebrate National Play Day here in Leigh Town Centre with a variety of free activities. FREE

Exhibition

WetLab

Pennington Flash Park | 6-Aug-21 |11:00 This floating laboratory created by Public Works and Assembly will invite people to look anew at the bio-diversity of our canals. FREE

LocalTALE

Leigh Spinners Mill | 6-Aug-21 | 18:50 4 winners of the Leigh Local Exchange Ambassadors Group playwriting competition 2021 will show across 2 evenings in The Den.

Literature

BBC Novels That Shaped The World

Leigh Town Hall | 6-Aug-21 | 10:30 “I Am Not Friday” is a new humorous and imaginative re-telling of the Robinson Crusoe story. FREE

Workshop

What Makes Me Happy Zine Workshop

Wigan STEAM | 6-Aug-21 | 11.00 (Drop-in) What makes you happy? Join artists from Wigan STEAM and create your own artwork that represents what makes you happy, to feature in a zine that will be distributed across the borough. FREE

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Outdoor, Music

The Old Courts Out & About

Mesnes Field | 7-Aug-21 | 10:30 Tickets: £10

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MUSICAL

Music

Bloody Elle - A Gig Musical

Leigh Spinners Mill | 7-Aug-21 | 19:00 This uplifting, one-woman-show about falling in love for the very first time is written and performed by the brilliant lauryn redding directed by bryony shanahan. This stripped back, acoustic version of the show which reopened the royal exchange back in june. A heart-warming and belly-achingly funny story, stuffed full of those stomachflipping-time-stopping moments, a touch, a glance, a kiss, that everyone will recognise.

Thomas Headon + Hushtones

Turnpike Centre | 7-Aug-21 | 20:00 Get yourself down to Leigh Library and join Get It Loud In Libraries for a special gig in a unique location. Tickets: £9.00

Music

Exhibition

Fun and Games with the Archives

Leigh Town Hall | 7-Aug-21 | 10:00 Enjoy the new exhibition and get hands on with some of the games we have in our collection. FREE

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And Heavy Metal For Wigan XXIII: Redemption

The Boulevard | 7-Aug-21 | 18:00 Another installment of original metal from AHMFW! Featuring Shrike, Solarshift, Hollow Storm, and Bloodmores, with headline act Deified. FREE

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Workshop

Workshop

What Makes Me Happy Zine Workshop

Wigan STEAM | 7-Aug-21 | 11.30 (Drop-in) What makes you happy? Join artists from Wigan STEAM and create your own artwork that represents what makes you happy, to feature in a zine that will be distributed across the borough. FREE

Music

Cap & Dove

Leigh Civic Square | 7-Aug-21 | 11:00 Cap & Dove is a travelling arts centre by artist Joshua Sofaer. The one day exhibition and public programme will explore themes of protest. FREE

Wigan Young Musician of the Year Finalist Showcase

Leigh Parish Church | 8-Aug-21 | Doors 17:45 An opportunity to hear some of the boroughs most talented young instrumentalists and singers live in concert. FREE

Theatre

Romeo and Juliet

Haigh Woodland Park | 9-Aug-21 | 18:00 Packed with live music, uproarious comedy and heartbreak, this vital and energised outdoor production from The Duke’s Theatre Company promises to pack a punch, whilst delivering the classical text with modern clarity and relevance. This story is as current and relatable today as it was 400 years ago. Tickets: £15 - £16.50

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Film

Sing-a-Long Mondays - Mamma Mia

Leigh Town Hall | 9-Aug-21 | 12:00 Weekly Sing-a-Long to musicals for lockdown community recovery, health and wellbeing. Tickets: £2.00

Workshop

Interactive Chalking Art

Wigan Town Centre | 10-Aug-21 | 12:00 UrbanCanvas will create beautiful and engaging floor art designs with the public FREE

Outdoor

Drift - Community Walks

The Turnpike | 10-Aug-21 | 17:30 A series of three walks led by artist Niki Colclough and co-created by members of the local community.

Workshop

Dark Writers

The Coffee Stop | 10-Aug-21 | 18:45 Enjoy trying out your creative skills and destressing by taking part in some simple writing activities around the theme of ‘Health & Happiness’. FREE

Theatre

The emperor’s new clothes and other stories

Haigh Woodland Park | 10-Aug-21 | 11:30 & 14:00 The Little Fir Tree’; starts our journey into the world of magic and wonder. Tickets: £7.50

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Workshop

THEATRE

Really Rubbish Weaving

Leigh Town Hall | 11-Aug-21 | 18:15 Create a fun, colourful and “rubbish” hanging piece of art whilst exploring amazing archive materials relating to textiles and banners in local protest movements through time, ’found’ and unearthed objects and local textiles production. Join artist Liz Chapman to create small scale woven hangings. Turn waste products such as packaging, plastic bags, scraps of fabric and threads into a treasured piece of art work. FREE

theatre

Fly Half the Play

Leigh Spinners Mill | 11-Aug-21 | 19:15 Fly Half is a new play with original songs that tells the tale of a rugby playing steel worker from South Wales. Set in an industrial town, this play is a celebration of working class families who head out to the match each week, stand pitch side with pride, supporting their local team. A lyrical hymn to one man’s passion for his family, his town and his beloved game.

Outdoor

Some People Feel The Rain by Kieran Knowles

Leigh Spinners Mill | 12-Aug-21 | 18:30 Sometimes it feels like the rain will never stop. That the world will wash away. Some People Feel the Rain is about a family sheltering from a storm, kicking as hard as they can to stay afloat. It’s about coming together while your falling apart. It’s about love, community, and hope. Written by Keiran Knowles, Directed by Hannah Sands.

Drift - Community Walks

The Turnpike | 12-Aug-21 | 14:00 A series of three walks led by artist Niki Colclough and co-created by members of the local community.

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Dance

Film

Leigh on Film WN Dance Company - Relaunched

WigLe Studios | 13-Aug-21 | 18:30 Bringing together emerging young dancers with professional performers to create a unique dance performance company and development opportunity. Tickets: £5.00

Leigh Town Hall | 13-Aug-21 | 13:00 & 17:00 Journey into Leigh’s heritage captured on film. In partnership and hosted by NW Film Archives. Tickets: £5.00

theatre

THEATRE

Some People Feel The Rain By Kieran Knowles

Leigh Spinners Mill | 13-Aug-21 | 19:30 Written by Keiran Knowles, Directed by Hannah Sands.

theatre

LocalTALE

Leigh Spinners Mill | 13-Aug-21 | 18:15 4 winners of the Leigh Local Exchange Ambassadors Group playwriting competition 2021 will show across 2 evenings in The Den.

THEATRE

Some People Feel The Rain By Kieran Knowles

Leigh Spinners Mill | 14-Aug-21 | 17:45 Written by Keiran Knowles, Directed by Hannah Sands.

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Catching Comets by Ransack Theatre

Leigh Spinners Mill | 14-Aug-21 | 19:30 After discovering a comet hurtling towards Earth, Toby snaps and turns into the action hero in his own movie on a mission to save the world. Flashback a year: Toby is knocked off course when somebody crashes into his life. A disaster movie about falling in love.

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Workshop

Workshop

Hands on in the Archives

Leigh Town Hall | 14-Aug-21 | 10:00 Join Archives: Wigan and Leigh in Leigh Town Hall for a hands on fun day exploring archive collections and diving in to craft sessions that tell us stories about the local area. FREE

Outdoor

Ella Louise Jones Pop-Up: Squiggly Painting and Collage Workshop Turnpike Centre Garden & Community Day

Wigan STEAM | 14-Aug-21 | 11.30 (Drop-in) Join artist Ella Louise Jones for a squiggly painting and collage workshop inspired by the work made during her residency with Wigan STEAM. FREE

performance

Outdoor

Leigh Civic Square | 14-Aug-21 | 12:00 A day of activities on Leigh Civic Square, inspired by the new Turnpike Centre Garden.

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics The Turnpike | 14-Aug-21 | 13:00 The finale event for These Lancashire Women Are Witches in Politics, artists Anna FC Smith & Helen Mather’s major project in Leigh. This final performance closes their residency at The Turnpike and celebrates their inspirational work with local community groups and young people over the past two years.

Drift - Community Walks

The Turnpike | 14-Aug-21 | 14:00 A series of three walks led by artist Niki Colclough and co-created by members of the local community.

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