Artistic August sees launch of new district arts strategy

Pop up dance
Pop up dance

The Lancaster district is set for an artistic August starting with First Friday on August 2.

This monthly celebration of the arts also sees the public launch of Lancaster District Arts Strategy in the city’s Market Square at 5pm.

This free event will demonstrate how important the arts are to the wellbeing and wealth of the district and will set out how they might develop in years to come.

On August 2, residents and visitors can enjoy theatre, comedy, music, art and dance. On the musical menu in Lancaster, there’s Bones & The Aft at the Yorkshire House from 8pm; Thunder Jackson and the Contraband at the Stonewell Tavern from 9.30pm; Forrest Hills opens its Jazz Mansion again from 8pm; and This Time Next Week play alongside other local young acoustic artists for free in The Dukes gallery which is staging a photographic exhibition telling the stories of the city’s homeless people.

In Morecambe, you can revisit the heyday of seaside entertainment with the Best of British Variety show at The Platform from 7.30pm(tickets £11-£13). Pop Up Dance comes to Lancaster for free on First Friday too courtesy of Ludus Dance.

People of all ages and abilities can turn up at their King Street base at 6.45pm to develop moves before venturing out in groups to perform in the city’s outdoor spaces.