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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. thes­mall­cin­ 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.

Please check www. gallery­old­  for more de­tail on all our ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing our news and blog sec­tions for all the lat­est de­vel­op­ments.You can also fol­low us on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram @Gallery­Old­ham for reg­u­lar up­dates.

More in­for­ma­tion on Fes­ti­val Old­ham avail­able at www. vis­i­told­ 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

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