Something For The Weekend: Fri January 31 – Sun February 2

1. The Prince of the Pagodas – Fri 31 Jan – Sat 1 Feb

Partner company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, return to The Lowry with what will be one of the most exciting premieres of 2014.

David Bintley‘s choreography, Benjamin Britten‘s music and Rae Smith (War Horse)’s designs combine in a reworking of a classic fairytale, celebrating the power of family love.

Through her childhood Sakura mourns her brother’s death and the disintegration of her father the Emperor, whose wicked new wife takes control of his kingdom. Forced to act when presented with four powerful and wealthy suitors, she throws herself on the mercy of a fifth – a scaly Salamander, but Sakura’s adventure has only just begun.

Free Pre-Show Talk 

Fri 31 January
Hexagon Room, 6.30pm
FREE but must be booked in advance.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Open Theatre Day

Sat 1 February, 12pm-1.30pm
There’s fun for all the family with this opportunity to go behind the scenes with BRB.
FREE

Birmingham Royal Ballet Open Class

Sun 2 February
These workshops are a great opportunity for young ballet students and are led by a professional artist and pianist.
10am – 11.30am Grade 2-3 (Approx age 8-10)
11.45pm – 1.30pm Grade 4-5/Inter foundation (Approx age 11-13 years)
2.15pm – 4.15pm Grade 6+/Intermediate/Advanced (14+)

2. Saturday Playhouse – Sat 1 Feb

Saturday Playhouse now takes place every Saturday morning in our new family space The Lookout space for families, offering a range of exciting art activities for young artists and their families. From drawing and print making to model making, each time there is always something new to do!

Suitable for ages 5 – 11
The Lookout
Times 11am – 12.30pm
FREE

What can you expect on the day?

Sat 1 February: Animated antics with Paul
Celebrate Scooby Doo at The Lowry by seeing how to design and animate your own cartoon characters.

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3. Chinese New Year – all weekend

It’s the Chinese New Year this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than hanging out with an estimated 75,000 people, 3,000 Chinese Lanterns and a 175 foot long paper dragon!

The Dragon Parade (Sun 2 Feb) is just one of many events across the region this weekend to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Horse, including installations at Cornerhouse, Manchester Art Gallery and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.

For more information, check out Creative Tourist’s coprehensive guide to what’s on.

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