A day of arts and exploration at The Lowry’s free Open Day this Sunday

The Lowry's annual Open Day returns with a wide array of activities from backstage tours on the Lyric Theatre stage - the largest outside of London’s West End - to ballet lessons with the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

By Manchester's Finest | 2 August 2023

Share this story

The Lowry is gearing up for its annual Open Day, a key event in their that offers visitors an opportunity to engage with a wide range of arts, crafts, and performances. The event will take place on Sunday 6th August, 10am – 5pm, and is free to the public.

This year, the event promises to be bigger and more diverse with a mix of activities, including a rare opportunity to stand on the famous Lyric Theatre stage, the largest outside of London’s West End, and enjoy exclusive access to behind-the-scenes areas.

Other highlights include Global Grooves, which will bring the vibrancy and rhythm of Carnival to The Lowry Plaza, artist-led activities for families, and child-focused tours of the Lowry Collection led by characters from LS Lowry paintings.

A range of workshops and masterclasses will also be available, covering various aspects of performing arts and creativity. Ballet enthusiasts, both experienced and newbies, can learn ballet steps with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, while those interested in theatre movement can join a workshop inspired by the National Theatre’s Ocean at the End of the Lane.

One of the standout attractions is a special gin masterclass that will allow participants to learn about the history of gin and sample a selection, including the popular LS Lowry Gin.

Additionally, the event will feature the Salaam’O’Salaam Jam, a community-focused Hip Hop and breakin’ jam session, a joke writing machine and comedy puppet factory hosted by comedian Edy Hurst, and live Persian Dance performances.

There’s also Julia and Axel: 30 Years of Favourite Stories, a free family-friendly exhibition in the Galleries celebrating the acclaimed partnership between Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Collaborating with some of The Lowry’s partner companies like Rambert, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and The National Theatre, the event offers a plethora of free workshops, outdoor games, storytelling, music, dancing, and much more.

Although many of the activities are free drop-ins, some events require pre-booking, and information on how to book is available on The Lowry’s website.