Something For The Weekend: Fri 26 – Sun 28 September

1. Hoglet hobsession

What a frenzy here on Wednesday, as the children’s book The Hedgehog and Her Hoglet was launched to the public inside our Studio One space.

The paperback was produced by The Lowry as part of a creative project with young parents and their children in partnership with Salford City Council.

The story is based on the real experiences of young parents and their feelings about the journey that is parenthood.

All proceeds from sales of this book will be used by The Lowry to continue to deliver creative projects with young parents and their children in Salford.

We tweeted throughout the event using the hashtag #salfordhoglet, so why not pop over and have a look at what went on, both there and on Flickr.

The first reading, in front of a packed room of parents, kiddies and other interested parties, was also recorded and it’s a lovely eight-minute listen.

There’s currently a Lowry competition running on social media. You can win a copy of the book. All you need to do is jump onto either our Twitter or Facebook pages. A “hoglet” is a baby hedgehog, so we’re after more obscure names of baby animals. Do your best – the deadline is Monday.

And, of course, do consider buying The Hedgehog and Her Hoglet through the Lowry Shop website, and support what is such a worthwhile cause.

2. Buoyant Birmingham Royal

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They are one of our partner companies, and we’re delighted to be hosting Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest production, Beauty and the Beast.

A brilliant opening night five-star review from the Manchester Evening News can’t hurt, can it?

And based on reviews from some of our audience members (see right) on social media, the paying public are enjoying it no end.

David Bintley’s smash-hit adaptation of the classic fairytale first toured to The Lowry a decade ago.

Beauty and The Beast is a brand new ballet with an original score specially commissioned from composer Glenn Buhr.

The next year will be a big year for Birmingham Royal Ballet as they celebrate their 25th birthday as a company and David Bintley’s 20th anniversary as Artistic Director.

And Beauty and the Beast also features two company dancers from the North West; First Artist Yvette Knight from Lancaster and James Barton from Birkenhead.

For a full collection of reviews, why not take a peek at our Storify page?


3. Conflict and compassion

From Saturday, the Asia Triennial Manchester starts, with the launch here in Salford Quays over the the Imperial War Museum North.

Described in the past as “an intoxicating flavour of an artistically underrepresented part of the world,” ATM14 includes 54 artists from 12 countries across 14 venues.

It is a collaboration with a range of sites and partners focusing on three main clusters in IWM North, Manchester city centre, Bury and Rochdale.

ATM14 says it “aims to challenge perceptions about Asia and with the recent challenging global events, makes its theme of Conflict and Compassion a timely one. This Triennial includes artists who live in, work in or address issues surrounding Asia.”

Here at The Lowry, our latest Performer as Curator event – Akram Khan: One Side to the Other – begins on 15 November.

In his exclusive exhibition, Khan brings together elements of performance and live installation work alongside sculpture, painting and film, echoing his enduring fascination with essential oppositions – the traditional and the contemporary, the spiritual and the grounded, doubt and certainty, light and dark, truth and fiction.

One Side to the Other runs here at The Lowry runs from Saturday 15 November to Sunday 1 February.

The 2014 Asia Triennial Manchester starts on Saturday, with events through to Sunday 23 November.