HERE at Gallery Oldham we’re looking forward to one of our favourite weekends of the year - Festival Oldham is back in town! The borough’s annual free celebration of art, entertainment and street theatre takes place on Saturday, May 26, 11am to 4pm in Parliament Square and the Parish Church in Oldham Town Centre and at Gallery Oldham.
Our Arts Development team has lots of treats in store and a highlight for the Gallery gardens will be the amazing Circus Vee-– two high-flying jugglers who perform on a spinning machine lifting them high above the audiences’ heads. This year the festival takes on a circus theme and is part of Circus250, a national celebration marking 250 years of circus. Oldham has a rich history of circus performances and the Coliseum Theatre actually began life in 1885 as the Grand American Circus and Hippodrome.
To mark this rich heritage we will be welcoming over 100 of the very best circus, variety and music performers to Oldham this late May Bank Holiday weekend. Strolling street theatre performers will be coming down to the Gallery throughout the day and we are particularly looking forward to ● meeting Tiddles the Circus Tiger - the brand new Oldham Theatre Workshop street theatre show.
Oldham Play Action Group will also be on hand with free circus themed family activities and in the Performance Space The Small Cinema will have a showing of The Greatest Showman at 2pm. Tickets £3 available from www. thesmallcinema.com or by calling in to see our staff.
Upstairs in the galleries and in the foyer we will have free hands-on activities for young people and families throughout the afternoon, including screen printing and mandala making linked to our new exhibition, opening the same day.
Artist rooms: Richard Long will feature key works made throughout the 40 year career of one of our most influential contemporary British artists. Richard’s art is directly connected to the landscape, and from his experience of making solitary walks in remote regions in Britain and all over the world. The exhibition has been made possible through our partnership with The ARTIST ROOMS touring programme.
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More information on Festival Oldham available at www. visitoldham.com or call 0161 770 3070. Don’t forget to share your images from the weekend on social media using the hashtag #LoveOldham.
Circus Vee will bring their amazing act to Gallery Oldham