Quays Open Day // Events and Offers // 26 Oct 2013

26 Oct 2013

We’re nearly there! So many of of our events and offers are confirmed and here is a list of the delights we have in store for you. All bookable events can be booked through Quays Tickets either in person at the Lowry or by calling 0843 208 0500 Quaytickets_Logo_Blue_White_150px (1)


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‘Audible Forces’ – Sound Art Show and Environmental Installation

MediaCity Piazza

Audible Forces is a landscape of wind-driven sound installations. Intriguing kinetic, sonic creations produce other-worldly sounds as nature’s unseen force breathes life into them.This captivating collection brings together seven of the finest sound artists around today: Max Eastley, Mark Anderson, Jony Easterby, Kathy Hinde, Dan Fox, Nathaniel Mann and Mike Blow.   Each has created their own instruments that harness the wind. Towering Aeolian (wind) harps produce haunting sounds, sonic reed beds clatter and clink, feather vanes trigger chattering birdsong, whirling wind synthesisers ebb and flow with electronic pulses, and pigeon whistles draw paths of sound through the skies.  These instruments form a unified experience made up of an ever changing sound world that captures the imagination.

Produced by OCM and Oxford Brookes University Sonic Art Research Unit. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Without Walls.


‘Radical Animal: Play, Ecology, Human Nature’ – Pat Kane at Salford University’s Egg space

Writer, musician ( co – founder of Hue and Cry) , consultant, player, theorist and activist Pat Kane, gives a public talk about our continuing playful ability to imagine, innovate and experiment.  Supercharged by language, symbols and self-awareness, human beings have limitless potential. The planet we live on, however, has limits – boundaries and conditions for sustainability which we are constantly and dangerously transgressing. He outlines how he sees consumer capitalism exploit our evolved appetites for novelty, form and the recombination of elements: we buy our ideal worlds, they fail to materially satisfy – and thus discarded, they choke our biosphere. Yet, injunctions to puritanism can only go so far; (we have to think of practices, techniques, situations and social ways of organising that can help fill the fun-shaped hole inside, while still living lightly on the planet. Pat Kane advocates and charts ways of making and constructing, rather than wanting and buying, that must replace the joys of consumerism – to ensure our basic survival.


Sol Cinema

Saturday 26 October from 12 – 6pm

MediaCity Amphitheatre

The Sol Cinema is a mobile micro-movie house powered entirely by the Sun! Accommodating 8 adults comfortably, the world’s smallest solar powered cinema will be screening short films with inspiring environmental themes for a truly unique cinematic experience.  Sol Cinema has performed at events all over the UK, from Glastonbury Festival to small community events and private parties. Created out of a desire to provide a great venue to show the many short videos being produced by video makers, the well dressed usherette offers popcorn as audiences are invited to walk up the red carpet. Take your plush seat and enjoy the movies with surround sound, LED projection, velvet curtains and dimmed lighting.  The perfect petit pop-up!


Work in Progress – The Other Forecast

Performance Event by John O’Shea and Ellie Harrison

Saturday 26 October at 4pm

Salford University Digital Performance Lab

Our resident artist John O Shea, with Ellie Harrison, has produced a wonderful series of performances with digital artists at the peak of their practice. Seven artists have been invited to create their own take on the familiar ‘weather forecast’ in front of a greenscreen, each will explore the interconnectedness of a variety of local and global systems – not just meteorological, but social, political or financial – presenting a different ‘worldview’.

The Other Forecast films will be premiered at a special event hosted by Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea in the Digital Performance Lab at the University of Salford on Saturday 26 October at 4pm. They will then be broadcast on the Big Screen at MediaCityUK at 13:30 and 17:30 each day during the week 4-10 November 2013. Also keep an eye out for updates to The Other Forecast YouTube channel

Lowry: Backstage Theatres Tour

A backstage tour with a difference – no scenery, no lights and no performers!  Join The Lowry backstage team for a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the Lowry’s stunning theatres. A complete backstage tour from the depths of the sub stage to the dizzy heights of the lighting tower (if you dare!).

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BBC: Behind the Scenes at BBC North Tour

The BBC’s home in the North of England is one of the most ambitious projects in the BBC’s history. We’re opening the doors of Quay House so you can take a peek behind the scenes and gain a fascinating insight into how TV and radio work. We are now home to a whole host of BBC channels and programmes including favourites such as Match of The Day, Blue Peter, Dragons’ Den, BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – to name just a few.

Our well-informed Guides will take you on an informative, interesting and fun tour of Quay House after which you will have the chance to take part in your own television & radio production. Play a part in the making of ‘BBC Breakfast’ by becoming a member of the team recording a segment from the replica BBC Breakfast set – which looks just like the real thing. We’ll need presenters on the sofa, someone to deliver the weather, and maybe even a floor manager and a vision mixer. Or, if you’ve ever fancied being a radio presenter then the 5 live commentary activity will give you the chance to have a go.  Don’t worry though, the activities are just for fun and won’t be broadcast for real – although they might feel like it!


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Lowry: Goldfrapp Exhibition Tour in the Gallery

Join a member of the Lowry’s arts programming team for a tour of internationally renowned musician Alison Goldfrapp’s personally curated exhibition, first in the new  series of exhibitions at the Lowry ‘Performer as Curator’.

You will have the rare chance to gain a unique insight into Alison’s artistic vision and her themes of ‘fairy tale’ and subversive story telling. This exhibition of painting, photography, illustration and film is drawn from national and international collections.

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Lowry: Dance showcase – CAT Training Open Session 

Watch students from The Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training in Dance (CAT) whilst they work with dance practitioners from Phoenix Dance Theatre. CAT provides high quality training and nurturing in dance to young people from across the North West, supporting them towards full-time professional dance training and a successful career in dance / performing arts.



IWMN: Directors Tour- A Safe Distance

Join IWM North Director, Graham Boxer, for a 30 minute walk and talk around the Main Exhibition Space to find out more about the changes in the impact of conflict on civilians from the First World War to now.  Discover iconic objects from a Royal Horse Artillery ‘E’ Battery 13-Pounder Field Gun to a piece of steelwork recovered from the ruins of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center following the al-Qaeda attacks of Tuesday 11 September 2001.

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The Landing: New Digital Media Lab Tour

This tour of the North West regions only Usabilty Rooms for testing and analysing games will be interesting to people in or with aspirations to be part of the gaming industry.
Combining studio and lab services with high value managed workspace, this revolutionary facility has been designed to deliver the right combination of technology, business and social space for creative and digital SMEs.
The Landing houses the UK’s only Digital Workflow Centre, whilst the post-production club is a showcase for new talent and new techniques in post.

The Landing is a space where SMEs and micro-businesses can work alongside large media and technology organisations to drive product efficiency and develop new industry processes. With office space offered on a short and long-term basis The Landing is as flexible as it is advanced.


Art, Design and Craft Market in the Open Centre Studio

Browse and buy beautiful arts, crafts and designs from local makers


Nicola Ellis: Sculpture exhibition and artist’s talk in the Open Centre

Nicola Ellis is supported by Mark Devereux Projects


Lowry Outlet Mall: discount booklets – available from the Outlet information desk

On the 7th : Complimentary afternoon tea – 7th floor exclusive restaurant club in The Landing

Damson: TBC

The Vue Cinema: Kids AM £1.75 film screening – Outlet Mall

Tourist Information Centre: 20% off

TRAVEL INFORMATION: The Quays road will be closed from the junction with Waterfront Quay and Capital Quay to the junction at Furness Quay from 8pm on Friday, 25 October to 6am on Monday, 28 October. All Metrolink services in the immediate area are also affected.

As such, it is very important that you allow additional time for your journey to The Quays.

Planning to travel by car?
An alternative route to The Lowry by car would be to take the Broadway turning from Trafford Road and follow it round to The Quays road (passing the Harbour City Metrolink stop). Accessing The Lowry via the crossing at Huron Basin.

Planning to travel by Metrolink?
A replacement bus service will operate on the Eccles to Deansgate-Castlefield via MediaCityUK line. Replacement buses do not call at Pomona. Passengers for Pomona should use replacement bus stops at Exchange Quay. Please buy your ticket from a Metrolink ticket machine before boarding the replacement bus.

For details of the bus stops on this replacement service, click here. (LINK TO: http://www.metrolink.co.uk/ServiceDisruptionsDocuments/13-1859%20Replacement%20bus%20maps%2026-27%20Oct.pdf)

Planning to travel by bus?
Local bus services to Salford Quays will follow authorised diversions put in place by Transport for Greater Manchester.

Please allow extra time for your journey. For more information about journey planning, visit: http://www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Pages/default.aspx

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