Something For The Weekend: Fri 17 – Sun 19 October

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1. Can we fix it? Yes we can!

It was the most popular exhibition in The Lowry’s history, but now it’s nothing more than rubble and plaster.

Here’s One We Made Earlier, our collaboration with BBC Children’s and BBC North about the history of kids TV, closed on Sunday and the figures are in – 60,000 visitors since it opened on Saturday 19 July.

And what’s arrived in its place?

Nothing yet, but already much of our Galleries space has been gutted and our technicians are in drilling, sawing, painting and designing.

All this hubbub is in aid of the imminent arrival of dancer and choreographer Akram Khan, whose exhibition One Side to the Other forms the second in our Performer as Curator series.

Tickets are on sale for the very special, very exclusive live performance element of his exhibition – staged on Saturdays only from 15 November, it is strictly limited to just 15 audience members per performance.

These performances are free but numbers are limited and demand is expected to be high.  Tickets must be pre-booked through The Lowry Box Office.

In addition the rest of the exhibition is free to access throughout the week, plus the Olivier award-winning DESH runs on 13 & 14 November.

Exciting times, but stressful for this poor souls charged with transforming the Galleries. We’ve every confidence in them, though.

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2. Chameleon blending in

Providing choreographed calm to contrast with the hammering and drilling up in Galleries, Lowry resident artists Company Chameleon have been in the building for the last 10 days rehearsing their latest show, Beauty of the Beast.

In 2001, Chameleon were invited to become company in residence at The Lowry.

They now not only have a base from which to make work, but have support from the entire team in marketing, networking, and advocacy.

All these things contribute towards the growth of the company and help Chameleon to raise their profile nationally, as well as in the North West.

Beauty of the Beast explores group dynamics and behaviour as the performance questions themes of identity and behaviour.
Check out the above video, which gives a sense of what the company is all about, and come and see Beauty of the Beast when it’s on here from 22 October.

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3. Services No Longer Required

It promises to be a very moving weekend of concerts.

Visit the Imperial War Museum North here on the banks of Salford Quays for Services No Longer Required.

The BBC Philharmonic are joining forces with IWM North for a moving piece of music and drama, telling the story of Salford lad Arthur ‘Pat’ Burke, a soldier in the First World War.

Actors and singers will bring to life Burke’s letters from the front line, interspersed with reflections and true stories by veterans from contemporary conflicts,

Meanwhile, musicians from the BBC Philharmonic and Salford Symphony Orchestra are to perform an original score.

The event is part of IWM North’s Reactions14 series of contemporary artistic responses to the First World War.

There will be four performances this Friday and Saturday at 3pm and 8pm in IWM North’s unique Main Exhibition Space.

Please note that due to the immersive nature of the event and the unique design of the exhibition space there will be some restriction on views.

Tickets are £15, including a programme and can be booked through Quaytickets.