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Lowry open day success


Plenty of noise from the bands and entertainers in the theatre plaza. All pics: Phil Tragen
Plenty of noise from the bands and entertainers in the theatre plaza. All pics: Phil Tragen

More than 5,000 visitors enjoyed The Lowry's annual Open Day on August 6. The Salford arts venue, on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, pushed the boat out with around 50 activities and events for visitors of all ages.

A highlight once again was the backstage tour. Steve Cowton, head of theatre operations said “Over 500 people gained a unique insight into the running of our busy theatre. It was brilliant to see so many young

people on stage: we hope some of them may have been inspired to pursue careers in the theatre in future years.”

Visitors to the galleries enjoyed tours of the LS Lowry collection, led by gallery interpreter Tina Savage who wore costume to bring to life Ann – one of Lowry’s most recognised subjects.

Some of The Lowry’s partner companies, including Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet and The National Theatre, delivered free workshops and activities, offering the chance to get hands-on and have a go.

This year The Lowry collaborated with four community leaders working alongside local people to programme local artists and services. This included Ethiopian dance from Love Community Café; Persian dance and rug weaving with Community Doosti and a pop-up spa from Women with Wings, while the Lowry's "Community Connectors" organised a quiet space for neurodiverse people.

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