See Oldham in a New Light

We’ve mentioned it already but we are really excited about this year’s Illuminate Festival! This is the fourth Illuminate Festival and is your chance to see Oldham town centre in a new light. An opportunity to witness some mesmerising installations and dazzling performances. If you haven’t experienced Illuminate before then this film from last year should give you a taste of what to expect. The full programme is here but we have picked some highlights out below…

Illuminate Parade, 6pm
The evening starts with a carnival procession of light from Gallery Oldham to the Old Town Hall, this year led by Illuminated Robots and a sea of handmade community lanterns. If you want to take part in the procession then come along and join the free Family Lantern Making Sessions. These are taking place at Gallery Oldham on Saturday 15 and Thursday 20 February between 10am–4pm. No need to book but places are limited.

Museum of the Moon, 6–9pm
The Moon has always inspired humanity, reflecting the ideas and beliefs of all people around the world. And for one night only it will be appearing in the Gallery Oldham gardens. Created by artist Luke Jerram and measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Magic Lantern Show, 7pm and 8pm
Join local photographer Ian Beesley as he showcases some of the hundreds of fascinating treasured lantern slides from the Gallery Oldham collections.

Last but not least…
Important information for anyone planning to visit us on this very special night. The Naked Bean Cafe will be staying open until 9pm, featuring some local music as well as the usual range of warming drinks. And all Oldham Council car parks will be free between 3pm and midnight which should help ensure a bumper crowd. We can’t wait to see you!