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Lift Off! Weekend

24 - 27 August 2018 Salisbury
Lift Off Weekend

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24 - 27 August 2018

Join us over the August Bank Holiday weekend for a four-day celebration of the arts across the city and help launch Wiltshire Creative’s first season.

 

FRIDAY 24 AUGUST

7pm – 9.30pm (times are approximate)

Cathedral Close FREE

MUSIC IN THE CLOSE
Come and get the party started with live music from covers group The Deloreons and soul band Just Us. Bring a picnic or buy from food and drink stalls. As dusk falls the evening will end with…

FIREWORKS

Heralding the opening of the Lift Off! weekend in spectacular style with a fireworks display set to music over the Cathedral.
Presented in association with Pains Fireworks

 

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST

10am - 4pm

Salisbury Arts Centre FREE

LIFT OFF! ARCHIVE EXHIBITION
Celebrating the arts in Salisbury with fascinating displays and archive material from Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Salisbury Playhouse. Come and add your own memories!

 

11am - 4pm

Salisbury Playhouse FREE

SPLENDIFEROUS STORY EXPLOSION
Familiar fairy tales performed in surprising and unfamiliar ways, in and around Salisbury Playhouse. Performed by Wiltshire Creative community groups, including Stage 65 Youth Theatre, Jigsaw Youth Dance Company, Mind the Gap, Dance SIX-O and Zone Arts. Also starring the irregularly ingenius (misspelling intentional!) Herr Grimm, the great, great, great, great grandson of one of the Brothers Grimm (the more talented one).
Short performances throughout the day. No need to book - just come along with the family and discover what's happening.

 

All day

Across the city centre FREE

ARTS QUEST
Use the map on the reverse of this leaflet to follow one of three visual arts trails across the city centre. Solve the puzzles as you discover the art created by local artists along the way. You can begin the trails at either Salisbury Arts Centre or Salisbury Playhouse.
ILLUSTRATION WORKSHOP
As part of Arts Quest, illustrator Cliff Wright, best known for his work on the Harry Potter books, will be holding a FREE drop-in workshop in Salisbury Library from 12pm-4pm. Come along and contribute to a collective art piece.
FELTMAKING DEMONSTRATION
New Forest textile artist Sarah Waters will be running hands-on feltmaking demonstrations at Priory Square in The Maltings from 12pm-4pm.

 

12pm - 4pm

Salisbury Arts Centre FREE

FAMILY FIESTA
Immerse yourself in an afternoon of arts and crafts activities for all the family, from pre-school dance, pottery and drumming to book making, live music and storytelling.

 

11am

Salisbury Methodist Church, St Edmund's Church Street

Tickets £10

PUSH Talk: My Life is Only Miracles
Simon Gronowski in discussion
To accompany the performances of the opera Push later today, Simon Gronowski recounts how his mother pushed him off a train bound for Auschwitz in 1943 in order to save his life.
Tickets available in advence here or by calling 01722 320333.

 

5pm & 8pm

St Thomas's Church, Salisbury

Tickets £20 (under 18s £10)

PUSH
A performance of the opera by Howard Moody
Performed by Salisbury Festival Chorus and La Folia Orchestra
An opera by Howard Moody telling the story of Simon Gronowski, whose mother pushed him off a train bound for Auschwitz in 1943 in order to save his life. Commissioned by Battle Festival and Glyndebourne Opera, there will be two performances in the atmospheric setting of St Thomas's Church.
"This opera should be compulsory viewing by all adults and children, to ensure that such events must never again be allowed to happen" (review of premiere 2016)
A La Folia production in association with Wiltshire Creative
Tickets available in advance here or by calling 01722 320333

 

SUNDAY 26 AUGUST

11am - 5pm

Salisbury Arts Centre FREE

LIFT OFF! ARCHIVE EXHIBITION
See above for details

 

11am - 4.30pm

Salisbury Playhouse FREE

SPLENDIFEROUS STORY EXPLOSION
See above for details

 

12pm - 4pm

Salisbury Arts Centre FREE

FAMILY FIESTA
See above for details

 

All day

Across the city centre FREE

ARTS QUEST

See above for details
CRISP PACKET ART
As part of Arts Quest, artist Alison Harper will be working on an installation of stitched crisp packets, illustrating the vibrancy of this material. come along and make flowers and garlands from this overlooked material, at Priory Square in The Maltings from 12pm-4pm.
ILLUSTRATION
As part of Arts Quest, illustrator Cliff Wright, best known for his work on the Harry Potter books, will be holding a FREE drop-in workshop in Salisbury Library from 12pm-4pm. Come along and contribute to a collective art piece.

 

WITHOUT WALLS
Free theatre and circus performances on the streets of Salisbury.

11am, 1pm & 4pm

The Maltings Green FREE

Bird in the Hand Theatre presents

THE BEWONDERMENT MACHINE
A magical cycle-powered carousel, incorporating puppetry and animated sculptures.

 

11am - 4pm (all day)

Arts Centre Green, Bedwin Street FREE

Travelling Light Circus presents

THE PLAYGROUND OF ILLUSIONS
A fantastical collection of human-powered curiosities that play tricks with the eye or the ear. Be amazed.

 

11.15am & 2.45pm

Guildhall Square FREE

Candoco Dance Company presents

DEDICATED TO...

To women, to love, to life, to friendship - a celebration of female strength and support, Candoco Dance Company was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Dance award at the 2015 UK Theatre Awards.

 

11.45am & 1.45pm
(also 4.15pm Sunday only)

Rosie Kay Dance Company presents

MODERN WARRIOR
A fast-paced urban takeover inspired by vintage martial arts movies. Two opposing groups meet in an epic stand-off. Channel your inner Bruce Lee, become part of the action or simply watch as the legend unfolds.

 

12.45pm & 3.30pm

The Market Square FREE

Ockham's Razor presents

THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
The performers, like surfers on a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide - creating an ever-changing land and soundscape.

 

12pm & 3pm

Old George Mall FREE

Max Calaf Seve presents

DIP
Enjoy the comedy antics of this world famous trampolinist.

 

11am, 1pm & 4pm

Guildhall Square FREE

Tangled Feet Theatre presents

BOOTS ON THE GROUND
Inspired by the centenary of the mass demobilisation from WWI and the tales of modern-day veterans, Boots on the Ground is a promenade headphone show which invites audiences to exchange their shoes for a pair of army boots and follow the intertwining stories of men who are stepping back from war. Can they find peace on their return to civilian life? Setting out from an Army tent in Guildhall Square, the audience form a unit, are given their marching orders and embark on a 45-minute walk together around Salisbury.

The walk covers a distance of approx. 1.2 miles, but is walked in short bursts with several stops. Book your FREE place in advance at Salisbury Playhouse from 1 August. A limited number of tickets will be available on the day. Recommended age 14+. The route is suitable for wheelchair users.

 

MONDAY 27 AUGUST

WITHOUT WALLS
Free theatre and circus performances on the streets of Salisbury!

 

11am, 1pm & 3pm

The Maltings Green FREE

Bird in the Hand Theatre presents

THE BEWONDERMENT MACHINE
(See above for details)

 

11am - 4pm (all day)

Arts Centre Green, Bedwin Street FREE

Travelling Light Circus presents

THE PLAYGROUND OF ILLUSIONS
(see above for details)

 

11.15am & 2.45pm

Guildhall Square FREE

Candoco Dance Company presents

DEDICATED TO...
(See above for details)

 

11.45am & 1.45pm

Market Square FREE

Rosie Kay presents

MODERN WARRIOR
(See above for details)

 

12.45pm & 3.30PM

The Market Square FREE

Ockham's Razor presents

THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
(See above for details)

 

12pm & 3pm

Old George Mall FREE

Max Calaf Seve presents

DIP

(See above for details)

 

11am, 1pm & 3pm

Guildhall Square FREE

Tangled Feet Theatre presents

BOOTS ON THE GROUND
(See above for details)

 

11am - 5pm

Salisbury Arts Centre FREE

LIFT OFF! ARCHIVE EXHIBITION
(See above for details)

 

All day

Across the city centre FREE

ARTS QUEST
(See above for details)

 

12pm - 4pm

Salisbury Arts Centre FREE

LIVE MUSIC AT THE ARTS CENTRE
End the Bank Holiday weekend with a mix of blues, rock and folk while enjoying refreshments from the Cafe.
12.15pm Lucas Hardy - acoustic folk with a modern rock edge.
1pm Hopback Blues Band - high-octane blues!
2.15pm The MeloDaemons - a tantalising mix of folk, jazz and reggae.
3.30pm Nick Harper - "Betjeman with a guitar" (Guitarist magazine)

 

12pm - 4pm

Salisbury Playhouse FREE

JAZZ AT THE PLAYHOUSE
Spend your Bank Holiday relaxing to live music in the foyer at Salisbury Playhouse. The Bar will be serving drinks and snacks.
12pm Jacques Desfontaines - songs by Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Aznavour, Piaf and others.
1pm Frockstars - the duo with a difference - disco, soul and a good old sing-a-long.
2.15pm Cinnamon Jazz - Latin, swing and light funk.
3.20pm Sagat Guirey Duo - a fusion of composed and improvised music on guitar and double bass.

 

A printed programme of events will be available from early August