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!

COMING UP SOON – Don’t miss world class dance circus company Motionhouse performing CHARGE outdoors at MediaCityUK, also showing Max Calaf Sevé, a contemporary circus artist who will be performing Anyday, a trampoline and physical theatre piece, at 8:30pm on SAT 9 JUNE. Find out more about this FREE event here.


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Motionhouse: CHARGE

By on April 17, 2018

Electrifying Dance Circus

SAT 9 JUNE, 9.30pm

Free Event – Outdoors at MediaCityUK


This Summer, we’re delighted to present a one-night only exclusive outdoor performance with world class dance circus company Motionhouse. CHARGE is an exhilarating new multimedia show inspired by the role of electricity in the human body, and for the first time it will be re-created as an outdoor spectacular that is free for everyone to attend.

Before the main performance Max Calaf Sevé, a contemporary circus artist will be performing Anyday, a trampoline and physical theatre piece, at 8:30pm.

No booking is required. Just turn up with friends and family to enjoy a summers evening unlike any other.

Suitable for audiences of all ages

Charge Show duration: 72 minutes

Finding us: The Quays is easy to get to from across Greater Manchester and the region: take the tram to MediaCityUK, park at MediaCityUK (sat nav M50 2EQ) or catch the bus, including Arriva.



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2018 Past Project – Technology: Past and Future

By on March 22, 2018

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By on March 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Quays Culture are one of the 28 organisations that The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have announced are set to receive a share of £7 million investment over the next two years thanks to the

New Video Footage of Lightwaves Festival

By on October 24, 2017

  Did you enjoy Lightwaves 2016? See video footage of our previous years Light Festivals and then come down to our Free Lightwaves Festival 2017 from the 08th to 17th December 2017.

Winner: Darc Awards Best Light Art Scheme

By on September 18, 2017

It is always good to share exciting news. Our digital art commission HEART BEAT from Lightwaves16 just won an international DARC award. First exhibited at Salford Quays in December 2016, and since at Jerusalem Light Festival, it next goes to Sunderland Light Festival. HEART BEAT was a co-commission