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Welcome to Quays Culture, the home of inspiring digital, interactive art at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. Here you can find out about our exciting, free participatory art projects that bring together local communities, artists pushing the boundaries of what digital art can achieve, and an illustrious group of organisations that call Salford Quays home. Please browse our site to learn more about us, our projects and how to get involved!

Highlights: Blackpool Illuminations

By on September 20, 2016

This year Quays Culture will be hosting some of the infamous Blackpool Illuminations as part of our annual LIGHTWAVES digital art festival from December 9th-18th 2016, outdoors at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. LIGHTWAVES once again presents a new, large-scale contemporary art commission, this time by UK artists GNI, alongside other large digital artworks. On the opening weekend there will also be an interactive light workshop where you can have a go at making your own light paintings.

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The Blackpool Illuminations are kindly loaning us some of their most familiar TV characters to add a bit of fun and familiarity to the festival. Our Programme Manager, Laura, and Programme Producer, Lucy, paid a visit to Blackpool Illuminations last week to check out the programme and have written on their experience:

Visiting our friends at Blackpool Illuminations is always a pleasure and this time they treated us to a whirlwind trip to the Illuminations with everything from the world-famous light sculptures, to a beautiful NEON exhibition at The Grundy Gallery. This Friday was part of the World Fireworks Competition hosted by the town so we were lucky to have a VIP view of the event, followed by a projection show on to the Blackpool Tower, featuring the UK’s space astronaut Tim Peak. All in all it was a great day of art, work and seaside fun as we moved through the large crowds gathered for the Illuminations – a day trip well worth adding to your calendar.

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 We’ll be announcing more of this year’s LIGHTWAVES programme in the coming weeks, with artist interviews, previews and more. Be sure to follow the story on Twitter with #Lightwaves16

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International Symposium ‘Light, Arts, Cities’ at Leeds Light Night this October

By on September 20, 2016

The Light Up the North Network & Light Night Leeds are set to host Light, Arts, Cities, an international symposium on Friday 7th October 2016. The symposium has been designed to explore 4 key themes in relation to light festivals and their

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Highlights: Ars Electronica Festival

By on September 14, 2016

As Digital Programmer for The Lowry and Creative Producer for Quays Culture, Lucy Dusgate is one busy lady. In this blog she talks us through a recent visit to Ars Electronica festival in Linz. Inferno Autumn is the start of

Broken by Motionhouse: Dancing Through The Elements

By on August 5, 2016

On July 16th, an audience of thousands amassed on the Piazza at MediaCityUK to witness the 70 minute elemental journey that is Broken by Motionhouse. Staged for the first time ever outdoors, audiences were wowed by the strong visuals created

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What Is It Like To Dance With Motionhouse?

By on June 24, 2016

Dance is a challenging career to pursue but there are incredible rewards to be had, one of which has to be working with Motionhouse, one of the most successful, UK-based dance theatre companies of the past 30 years. That’s the

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Meet The Man Who Makes JCB Diggers Dance

By on June 3, 2016

Have you ever seen a JCB digger dance before? If not, you’ll love watching this short clip of Traction, which showcases the incredible artistic mind of Kevin Finnan MBE, Artistic Director of UK dance theatre company, Motionhouse, who bring their

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Calling All Emerging Digital Light and Video Artists!

By on May 20, 2016

Do you have a bright idea for a new digital light art work? Or are you in the frame of mind to shoot a new artistic film instead? Maybe you’ve even got ideas that could apply to both? Whether you

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New Videos, New Accolades, New Dance Opportunities

By on April 29, 2016

What do five giant bunny rabbits, a rainbow of interactive balloons and hundreds of glow in the dark runners have in common? The answer is Quays Culture’s artistic programme! Since 2012, we have been bringing the best in cutting-edge digital technology,

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10 Incredible Changes At Salford Quays

By on April 15, 2016

Our forthcoming presentation, Broken by Motionhouse is a show that examines our precarious relationship with the earth; the dancers leap and scramble for safety, navigating the cracks of a world where nothing is ever as it seems.  The land of Salford

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Spring Forward at Quays Culture!

By on April 1, 2016

Whilst we may have lost an hour in bed, we’ve also gained an extra hour of light in the evenings, meaning winter is officially well and truly behind us (even if it is still a bit cold and drizzly). With the