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Event:
Let Loose at the Lowry on Saturday 11 August
The Lowry, based in Salford Quays, is holding another of its Open Days. All activities and events are free. In 2017, the arts and entertainment venue hosted more than 7,000 people at its jamboree.

The Lowry Centre, Open day, Salford Quays
Lowry Open Day 05-08-17. Photographs courtesy of The Lowry


This activities on offer on Saturday 11 August (10am until 6pm) are designed to "enable visitors of all ages to explore the venue in a completely new way."

They will include:

Backstage tours and workshops in lighting and sound.

Performance-related workshops hosted by renowned companies - Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Rambert dance company, with further companies to be announced.

Drop in drawing sessions, cupcake decoration, creating your own comic book and acting improvisation classes.

Pier Eight restaurant & bar will host a DJ playing music through the decades.

Out by the former docks, in the fresh air, there will be live performances from "elite street circus performers" D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus.

In addition, there will be large outdoor games, where you can join in dance activities and enjoy the notes of a "colourful street piano."

A timetable of events will be released and online booking opens on Monday 6 August on The Lowry's website

The Lowry Centre, dance activities, circus performers D & F Bros. Grand Indian Circus.
Lowry Open Day 05-08-17


Visitors can book places online for some of the workshops in advance. There will also be a limited number of places available for each ticketed event on the day, these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

The creation of the Lowry Centre was part of the regeneration of the derelict Manchester docks. They had formed a key part of the Port of Manchester from 1894, until they closed in 1982. Cargo came from around the world. A lot of the trade was with Canada - St Francis and St Louis basins are named after Canadian lakes.

Salford City Council recognised the importance of the derelict docklands and purchased them in 1984. A year later, they adopted a development plan, which led to the Salford Quays of apartments, offices, bars, shops which greet visitors today.

The Lowry Centre, Manchester docks, Media City, Lily Cole
Media City in construction February 2008


MediaCity, where both the BBC and ITV have studios, started life in 2007. The MediaCity tram stop opened in 2010. It was constructed for visitors and staff at the ITV and BBC studios - where programmes are filmed, including Match of the Day, Blue Peter and Mastermind.

Tours are now available to the Coronation Street external sets at MediaCityUK, where the soap opera has been filmed since 2014.
https://coronationstreettour.co.uk/

The Lowry arts and entertainment venue itself is named after the painter LS Lowry, who was born on 1 November 1887 in Stretford, Greater Manchester. The centre named after him is home to the "world's largest collection of his works" and has a dedicated gallery to the paintings.

The Lowry centre, Open Day
Lowry Open Day 05-08-17


Filming is underway in Greater Manchester for a motion picture about Lowry starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

https://www.weekendnotes.co.uk/mrs-lowry-son/

Mrs Lowry & Son focuses on the artist's complex relationship with his mother Elizabeth - played by Vanessa Redgrave. She is an individual who seems to have been as foreboding as one of her son's Manchester skylines.

Whether Laurence Stephen Lowry and his mother would have joined in with cupcake decoration and outdoor dancing is something we will never know.
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Why? Backstage Passes and Outdoor Games
When: Saturday 11 August 2018 from 10am – 6pm
Phone: 0843 208 6005
Where: The Lowry, Salford Quays
Cost: Free
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