Wigan Arts Festival 3rd April – 21st April 2019

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It’s time for Wigan to create, engage and inspire as The Old Courts announces the 6th Wigan Arts Festival! The festival brings an ambitious programme of theatre, art, music, dance, poetry, comedy and workshops, showcasing many local talents, along with highlights from around the country via the Collaborative Touring Network.

The renowned Lost Dog dance company bring Juliet and Romeo, a blend of dance, theatre and comedy. It has a cracking soundtrack and a clever, moving story about what would have happened if the star-crossed lovers had survived Shakespeare’s tragedy.

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive sound and video installation which sits you on an armchair in front of a TV, so get ready to sit back, relax and be immersed into the life of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she goes about her life in Syria despite all the conflict. Gritty, empathetic and, above all, real.

For families with babies aged between 6-18 months, Kaleidoscope is the show for you. Filled with mirrors, lights, colours and sounds, this show has been inspired by research into how a baby’s sense of sight develops. It is playful and gentle and makes for a great first theatre experience for you and your baby.

Cross Street Arts provide a two-week exhibition, Unto This Last, a collection of works that respond to themes of capitalism and the environment, inspired by John Ruskin’s controversial book of the same name.

We celebrate Record Store Day in the Bailiff Bar with our fellow residents, Static Records. We are delighted to host a selection of brilliant local singer-songwriters playing tracks from their favourite albums.

David Jenkins, Managing Director of The Old Courts said, “For the 6th year running The Old Courts is proud to showcase the best of Wigan’s creative and artistic talent, with a comprehensive programme offering something for everyone. Whether you’re a festival first timer or a regular, we can’t wait to welcome you to Wigan Arts Festival.”

Rebecca Davenport, Director, added, “Wigan Arts Festival needs your support now more than ever. We are a small team of local creatives trying to make a BIG change in Wigan. Support us by attending something during Wigan Arts festival and telling your family and friends all about it!”

We have created a short promo which can be viewed here.

Our new ‘What’s On’ guide for the festival has been published today and can be downloaded here.