Lighting up the arts in Lancaster

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Market Square in Lancaster was alive with the sound of music last Friday at an event to launch Lancaster as an ‘Arts City’.

Morecambe’s Baybeat band heralded the first in a series of special monthly events showcasing Lancaster’s cultural offerings.

Indoors, Lancaster City Museum hosted guests and visitors keen to find out more about the initiative.

With wet weather affecting plans for more music and dance performances outdoors, the entertainment continued in Lancaster Library instead.

Young musicians from More Music’s Stages project and DT3 Young Music impressed the audience who were then treated to an inspiring dance performance by Company Chameleon.

The evening continued as people were invited to follow Baybeat across the city centre to The Dukes for Festival Friday, a celebration of the Afrovibes Festival with live South African music, dance and spoken word plus film.

The team behind Lancaster Arts City plan to make every First Friday of the month a date to remember for residents and visitors alike by providing a range of free events encouraging them to see the area afresh and try out something new on the arts scene.

November’s First Friday - Light Up Lancaster - will be a free event where all the family can stroll through the city on the evening of November 2 and enjoy music, film, dance and art lighting up Lancaster’s beautiful buildings and squares.

The organisers of First Fridays and the promoters of Lancaster Arts City are Lancaster Arts Partners who include The Dukes, More Music, Ludus, Live at LICA, Litfest, Green Close and Storey Gallery.