Arts partners celebrate a year of First Fridays in city

Sue McCormick
Sue McCormick

First Fridays celebrates its first anniversary on October 4.

It is now a year since Lancaster Arts Partners launched First Fridays as a way of encouraging residents and visitors to try something new on the district’s cultural scene on the first Friday of every month.

Since then, First Fridays have expanded to include activities by a range of organisations and venues across the district.

This special First Friday sees acoustic acts and buskers performing for free outside Lancaster Library from 11am-5pm; free live music in the Nice Bar at The Storey from 5pm; a free gig by Guns of Navarone at the Stonewell Tavern in Lancaster from 9.30pm and a performance of Magic: A Kind of Queen at The Platform in Morecambe at 8pm (tickets £16.50).

If drama is more your scene, The Dukes will be presenting its new romantic comedy play No Fat Juliets at 7.30pm and as a First Friday treat, audience members can also enjoy a hotpot and a pint(or glass of fizz) beforehand from 6.30pm. Tickets are priced from £14.50. Stick around afterwards for live music in The Dukes bar.

At the aptly named Storey, there’s a storytelling event presented by Litfest. Shahnameh The Book of Kings sees Xanthe Gresham diving headlong into the wild mythology of Persia at 8pm(tickets from £8).

Also at The Storey, enjoy A Visitor’s Impression of Lancaster by viewing an exhibition of original watercolours by Kirsten White, open from 10am-6pm in the Storey Room. Admission is free.

Another free event this First Friday is a contemporary youth dance piece from Ludus Dance from 7pm at Lancaster City Museum. The museum is also the place to be from 10am-8pm if you want to catch an exhibition celebrating the centenary of Lancaster Pageant before it closes. And between 4-7pm, there’s a free family creative workshop delivered by Green Close.