Arts and Culture at Home
Whilst many of our arts, culture and leisure venues across the district are closed, now is the time to enjoy some of their online content.
Whether reminiscing about past experiences or taking part in some new interactive content, browse the links below to enjoy the best of the district’s online arts, culture, heritage and wellbeing offers.
The Dukes Theatre and Cinema has gone digital!
They’ve launched Digital Dukes – a virtual cultural space full of creative ideas and opportunities:
- A call-out for Inside Out – a free exhibition on reopening
- A call-out for Stepping Out Scratch Night
- Access to our team’s creative knowledge and skills…and more!
- You can also buy Future Theatre and Future Cinema tickets – buy now and have a treat to look forward to later on in the year!
imitating the dog
imitating the dog were nearly at the end of their UK of ‘Night of the Living Dead-Remix’, a co-production with Leeds Playhouse, when theatres across the country started to close their doors as we headed towards lockdown. In response to the COVID-19 restrictions, and with kind permission of Image Ten Inc, they’ve decided to release online a series of their work, including this hit show (★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★The Times) in order to raise money for a development fund which will support freelance artists and creatives in making new work. Released on a on a pay-what-you-like basis, the hope is that this platform will continue to connect audiences with their work whilst raising funds to help theatre makers and artists create new projects in these uncertain times.
- So if you were unable to catch the live performance of ‘Night of the Living Dead-Remix’ , now is your chance! Plus view an introduction from JUDITH O’DEA & RUSS STREINER aka Barbra & Johnny of the 1968 original classic movie!
Created as part of the Made in Hull opening celebrations for Hull City of Culture 2017, Arrivals and Departures put a poetic spin on the history of arrivals in and departures from the city. The piece looked at the history of migration from a contemporary perspective, exploring the journeys which have gathered a population and moulded a landscape. Using The Deep as both canvas and building blocks the piece pulled together some of the strands of the complex and universal issues of migration as a wider subject matter.
You can also view imitating the dog‘s immersive pieces, showcased at Light Up Lancaster.
- Or watch the strange & fantastical bedtime story Oh, The Night! (one for all the family).
imitating the dog have been making ground-breaking work for theatres, festivals and events for 20 years. They tell stories, creating beautiful, memorable images by fusing live performance with digital technology.
Image above by Ed Waring.
Morecambe Music Festival
Morecambe Music Festival has launched their Live Lounge:
- All kinds of entertainment will be coming your way – they’re planning three shows seven nights a week! Any musicians or DJs wanting to play a set should contact them via the Morecambe Music Festival Facebook page.
Some brilliant live acts from previous years:
Morecambe Music Festival brings musicians and groups from all genres together in a celebration of music in Morecambe’s venues and streets! Everywhere from cosy pubs to large-scale halls rings to the sound of folk, jazz, punk, rock and classical!
- Take a virtual tour of The Grand and find out how you can support them here (https://lancastergrand.co.uk/support-us/theatre-tours/)
- The Grand has been working hard to reschedule some of its postponed shows. Please visit the main listing page to find details of the events which have been rescheduled.
- You can even book ahead for December’s Adult Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, performed by After Dark Theatre Company. These popular shows always sell out!
The Grand Theatre, under its many names, has been a major part of the social and cultural life of Lancaster since it opened in 1782. Today, the theatre operates as one of the key north west venues for amateur drama, music and dance and professional touring companies.
Here is a an exciting message from More Music, who have returned with a fantastic online programme incorporating online classes, tutorials and sessions, plus ‘That Little Spring Thing’!
More Music has also put together some fantastic resources for home-based learning and music appreciation:
- The Early Years Team sing Clapping Songs for you to join in
- More songs for little ones to join in and have fun
- Find sheet music here to practise your favourite folk songs
- Maintain your health and breathing via voice work
- Join The Great British Home Chorus with Gareth Malone
- Or join James Sills’ The Sofa Singers weekly – visit the website and register to receive details of upcoming sessions.
Find out more at More Music’s website.
Or have a go at creating your own music at the touch of a button – no need to be able to play an instrument or read music! The Ableton software is free for 30 days.
Based in the West End of Morecambe, More Music offers opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds to develop their musical abilities, hone their performance skills, and just enjoy music for the sheer love of it!
Check out some of Lancaster Arts’ former events:
- A clip of Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita perfoming live at La Nau, Barcelona. The duo performed in the Great Hall in February 2019
- Watch Stile Antico, as they are joined by Rihab Azar to rehearse for ‘Songs of Exile and Longing’
- Lancaster Library were surprised with Michael Poll previewing his incredible guitar skills
- Experience incredible dance talent in Knot by Nikki & JD
- The wonderful Tim Crouch has released a full length video of I, Malvolio on Vimeo for us to enjoy. He performed the show at the Nuffield back in 2013 in partnership with The Dukes, Lancaster and Litfest, Lancaster
“Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night in a brilliant one-man show that unlocks Shakespeare’s play and tells a timeless story of bullying, prudery and practical jokes.”
- Lancaster Arts is also urging people to check out the wonderfully innovative Social Distancing Festival, a programme of streamed arts content from across the world! N.B. as this festival is worldwide please note the start times may not be in local time (GMT).
Based at Lancaster University, Lancaster Arts welcomes innovative drama, music and dance practitioners to perform in the wonderfully versatile spaces of the Great Hall and Nuffield Theatre.
- Join Litfest’s International Fiction Book Club and and share your passion for reading!
- Every month the Litfest International Book Club will meet to discuss some of the best works of contemporary fiction in translation, creating a series of friendly sessions with the aim of discovering what’s new and exciting in international literature. There will be well-informed introductions by Litfest, Lancaster University and Book Club members. And we will make a point of choosing paperback books that are easy to find in libraries and bookshops. ALL WELCOME! Transcripts of previous meetings, including any discussions with writers and translators, will be made available for all to read here.
- Due to the current situation, all meetings of the Litfest International Fiction Book Club are now being held online. If you would like to join us virtually by Zoom, please email Bill Swainson (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will send you the joining details for each meeting.
- Next Meeting: Monday 18th May: The next Zoom meeting of the Book Club will be at 6.30pm on Monday 18th May, to discuss Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, and published in paperback by Fitzcarraldo Editions. It’s a darkly humorous and thoughtful crime novel that will keep you thinking (and not just about whodunnit) to the end.
- In June, we plan to discuss Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, translated from the Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot, and published in paperback by Picador. It’s a quirky, 200-page novel about a Tokyo café that offers its customers a unique experience – the chance to travel back in time. The June meeting will take place at 6.30pm on Monday the 15th June, also by Zoom.
Vintage by the Sea
Directed by Deco Publique
- Re-live past years from this popular festival with these fantastic videos:
- 2014 film by Marmalade on Toast
- 2016 film by Daniel Brereton
- The Torch Club Ball 2017 by Jake Owen Powell
- More snapshot films by Jake Owen Powell from Vintage by the Sea 2017
Deco Publique is an art and culture company making original new work, based by the sea in Morecambe and working around the North. We make public art that animates coastal spaces, rural landscapes and urban centres. Their portfolio includes the National Festival of Making and Vintage by the Sea; the commissioning programme – Art in Manufacturing; co-design programme – The FOLD; the World Record Breaking Very Big Catwalk and the co-production of landscape artworks, Headlands to Headspace.
Spot on Stories
- In partnership with Lancashire Libraries, Spot on Stories are bringing great art and stories to your couch, your kitchen, and your back garden – basically wherever you choose!
- Spot On Stories are ten-minute micro shows filmed just for us by some of the fantastic artists that have, or should have, toured with Spot On.
- Tuesday afternoons (3pm) will be stories for children and families, and Thursdays (7pm) will be something a little more grown-up. Once they are live, they’ll be available to watch on our website for 30 days.
- “Meet Ogg ‘n’ Ugg” What’s for tea? The cupboards are bare! Don’t worry, Ogg ‘n’ Ugg will help you find something delicious! Join in at home while they teach you their song and dance and go hunting for something delicious.
- In a lovely little house, in the middle of a lovely quiet wood, things are shaping up to be a very good day indeed. Gav Cross tells us the story of A Breakfast Walk.
- “Rolling Down The Road: Who’s At The Bus Stop?” David Gibb is the conductor of a very special, magical bus, and he’s waiting at the bus stop to meet his passengers.
- Just what did happen to Amos Black that fateful day in Great Little Pumpton? “A Dog Named Grim” is an old Lancashire tale with country and western style songwriting. It’s a silly cautionary tale, told with music and humour.
- With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh shares her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in “Long Lost Home”.
- “On Music and Marriage” is a musical love story of how Dylan and Suba met, and how they live and love together through music.
Links to shows and more details can be found at: https://spotonlancashire.co.uk/spot-on-stories/
Ludus Dance has some great ideas for enjoying and celebrating dance during lockdown!
- Celebrating a birthday during lockdown? Let Ludus Dance help YOU stay connected and celebrate in style with a virtual dance party. Interested? Visit https://ludusdance.org/studiohire/parties/ to find out more.
- Ludus Dance is excited to announce our online dance classes for children and young people. We have taken the time to find a safe, secure and effective platform, whilst developing a strong delivery model to continue to provide the same quality experience you have come to expect from us. Classes start on Saturday 2nd May and see the return of Ballet Bounce, Junior Ballet & Dance Blast. Find out more at: https://ludusdance.org/classes/
- New Day… New Term… Every day’s a school day! If you’re looking for some inspiration for your home-learning Ludus Dance can help. We have educational resource packs that offer creative, cross-curriculum learning. From the history of the suffrage movement to WW1 coding. Follow the link to ‘Ready-Made for All Key Stages’ and download them for FREE: https://ludusdance.org/schools/
Some more ideas:
- Check out this fantastic flash mob taking place on the streets of Lancaster back in 2015
- Find out how Ludus went about devising and producing the wonderful Promenade of Galaxies for Light Up Lancaster 2019
Ludus Dance offers classes, courses, events and festivals for a great range of ages, abilities and styles of dance.
Morecambe Artist Colony
- Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat with this photography challenge
- MAC is supporting Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat, a month-long online photo challenge until Thurs 30th April. Photographer Ginny Koppenhol will provide a series of photography challenges over the course of a month, designed to be done at home. The challenges will focus on gratitude, some encourage better acquaintance with your immediate environment, others promote self-expression and some are designed to see beauty in the everyday. All of the tasks are about making space for creativity, learning new skills and enjoying the process. www.gkoppenholphotography.com
MAC is a not-for-profit group of local artists and creatives, passionate about using art for the regeneration of Morecambe.
Morecambe Exchange Creative Community
- Listen to – or join in with – this lovely call and response song, evoking the gentle beauty of Morecambe Bay.
The Exchange is a creative Community Interest Company based in the heart of Morecambe’s West End. It works with the community to develop creative opportunities and wellbeing.
Creative West End
- Book Exchange Project: You are invited to join in! Share words of creativity and inspiration in exchange for a book. Perhaps writing is not for you? Don’t worry you can illustrate instead – whether that’s through paint, collage, drawing, photography whatever creative output strikes. https://www.creativewestend.net/bookexchangeproject
- Colouring Book of Wellbeing: We are inviting people to submit designs for the pages to be included in this book. A simple single line black or felt pen drawing. the subject matter is up to you. We know people are struggling in lots of ways at the moment so we hope this will give you a fun creative challenge at the same time as some practical support. The first 100 West End residents to submit their design will be offered a £25 voucher to be spent at Aldi. All designs selected for the finished colouring book will receive an additional £25 Aldi voucher regardless of geographic location. https://www.creativewestend.net/colouring-book
- Eco Projects: Call for artists, makers and creatives wanting to work with the community on Eco inspired project ideas. In light of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic we welcome proposals in mind that there must be flexibility in terms of timescales for delivery and that projects will run when things go back to normal. The project will still be expected to launch or have some involvement at a Creative West End Market in the future so please consider this and outline this in your proposal. DEADLINE for proposals: Monday 18th May, 12pm.
- Virtual Projects Open Call: In response to the Covid-19 CoronaVirus pandemic we invite artists and creatives to submit project ideas for ‘How to’ creative videos and downloadable step-by-step guides to encourage people to get creative during this challenging time. We intend to culminate these submissions into an online archive and Creative West End activity book showcasing artists from across the district. If you have an idea for a larger, stand alone socially distanced project please contact our Project Co-ordinator to discuss this further: email@example.com. DEADLINE for proposals: Open until further notice.
- Voting Tool Commission Opportunity: Call for artists, makers and creatives to imagine, design and create a finished interactive and engaging voting tool that can be adapted for a range of topics whether that’s voting on a place to visit, a project idea or giving feedback to help evaluate our work. DEADLINE for proposals: Monday 18th May, 12pm.
Louise Ann Wilson
- Map out a past or future walk with artist Louise Ann Wilson’s Walks to Remember During a Pandemic: ‘With memory I was there’. Is there a walk that you long to do but can’t due to the current restrictions imposed upon us because of COVID-19? If so, could you make a memory-map of that walk?
Louise is an artist, scenographer and researcher who creates site-specific walking-performances, films, installations and book that give-voice to ‘missing’ or marginal life-events – with transformative and therapeutic outcomes.
Lancaster Jazz Festival
- Check out some of the Jazz Festival’s past triumphs:
- Jazz North’s Northern Line showcase from Jazz Fest 2019
- Jazz in the PrintRoom
- The Emily Francis Trio in The Hall
Lancaster Jazz Festival is an ambitious festival based in the centre of Lancaster every September whilst supporting artists year-round by facilitating collaborations and supporting artists to make the next step in their musical career.
Light Up Lancaster header image by Robin Zahler Design + Photography