Something For The Weekend: Fri 24 – Sun 26 October


1. Corrie comp

The nationwide Family Arts Festival 2014 is already under way with events taking place throughout Salford and Trafford. Take a look at the official website and see if anything takes your fancy.

The Big Family Play Date, Saturday 1 November, is on the horizon. For one day only, the family-friendly venues in our neighbourhood will pack up and pop up somewhere else unexpected.

Why not take this opportunity to try something new or a explore a venue? It’ll be eye-boggling arts for all the family.

And why not also seize the chance to enter the very special Family Festival competition in association with Coronation Street?

Win a tour on the ‘new’ Coronation Street cobbles in Salford for you and three members of your family on Saturday 1 November 2014.

To celebrate the Salford and Trafford Family Arts Festival 2014, ITV Coronation Street are opening the doors to the ‘new’ set in Salford to give eight Corrie-loving families a glimpse behind the scenes of the nation’s favourite soap. You must be over 18 to enter, and terms and conditions apply.

This is a very special, unique competition – it’s all about Corrie Doubles. Tell us which Coronation Street family your family are most like and why on Facebook in 50 words or fewer. We are looking for the funniest comparisons to a Coronation Street family. You could be look-alikes or ‘act-alikes’. It could be that your dad is as nosey as Norris, your gran is a ringer for Rita or your sister has the wardrobe of Liz McDonald.

Or tweet @The_Lowry using #FamFest14 and submitting a photo of you or your family member and the name of the Coronation Street character you or they are the double of.

Good luck!

2. Transmissions well received

Delight this week here at The Lowry at the success of our latest Developed With… production, as Dr Tuheen Huda’s Transmissions hit the stage on Thursday in front of a sellout crowd inside The Studio.

A new, devised play by Dr Huda, an intensive care doctor and theatre-maker, Transmissions explores the social impact and science of addiction, substance misuse and recovery in Salford.

Two addicts share their gospel in this heartwarming story, using the testimonies of recovering addicts themselves, as well as scientists, healthcare professionals and the general public.

We caught up with the show’s producer, John Leyland, and you can hear the extended interview via our SoundCloud page.

“We’re not bring something people have seen before to the subject,” says Leyland. “Of course there is a lot of discourse around addition; in society it’s quite a visible issue.

“But there’s also a lot that doesn’t get said. We’re trying to tackle those issues through drama, those things ;people don’t talk about, so maybe in the bar afterwards they do talk about it.”

Tickets for the second and final show of the run are also sold out. A real achievement for everybody involved – well done.


3. Sci-fest in Salford

As part of the Manchester Science Festival (23 October – 2 November), the Salford Science Festival touches down this weekend.

An extravaganza of experiments and demonstrations for all ages will be at the University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus all weekend.

Enter a science wonderland and hop on a hydro-bike to produce electricity through pedal power, make your own lava lamp and find out how the sun brings robots to life.

Participate in Pom-Pom Pandemonium, a woolly workshop with artists Alison Cooper and Rachael Elwell, to find out why the Bridgewater Canal is orange.

Test your skills of engineering and problem solving with our games, and be mesmerised by our dancing robots.

Learn how guerrilla gardeners are beautifying neglected spaces with seedbombs and learn how to make your own – viva la green revolution!

And see science buskers in action in the MediaCityUK gardens, performing eye-opening trickery and explaining the spectacle of science.

All events are free and suitable for people of all ages. Get yourself down on either Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, M50 2HE. Enjoy!