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Sat 15 June - Sun 16 June

The Lowry x We Invented the Weekend

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We Invented the Weekend 

For two days on 15th and 16th June We Invented the Weekend festival takes over MediaCity and Salford Quays. As part of the festival The Lowry will open its doors for free special performances, backstage tours and workshops.

After a hugely successful launch year in June 2023, which attracted 60,000 visitors, We Invented the Weekend will once again transform MediaCity and Salford Quays with a programme of completely FREE performances and activities to celebrate what people get up to over the weekend.

Expect a specially-curated programme of over 200 events and activities, including family events, boat trips, wellbeing activities and music from Sounds from the Other City, DJ Paulette and more.

You can see full event listings for the whole weekend here Full Event Listing 


No tickets needed – just come and join the fun… and it’s all FREE!

SIX Flashmob

Sun 16 Jun 11am
The Lowry Plaza

Fancy a flashmob? To celebrate The Lowry’s new Queens exhibition, opening in July, and this summer’s visit by SIX The Musical, why not come along, strike a pose and sing your heart out as part of WITW’s first ever flashmob.  Meet outside The Lowry at 11am on Sunday!


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A picture of BRB dancers

Birmingham Royal Ballet Dance Workshop

Sun 16 Jun 11.30am, 1.30pm2.45pm 
Studio 1 at The Lowry 
Ages 5-11

Try on one of their tutus or stage props and for those with some dance experience dive into the fairytale story by learning some of the steps in one of BRBs ballet workshops. Dont miss this chance to find out more about Birmingham Royal Ballets Cinderella.  For ages 5-11. Only 25 places available.

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Opera North Community Sing – Nessun Dorma

Saturday 15 Jun at 3.30pm 
Lowry Plaza

All Ages

Join Lowry partner company for a workshop earlier in the day to learn how to sing Opera. Join all the other participants and an Opera North opera singer for a mass sing in the afternoon on the Lowry Plaza.


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Picture of the Lyric Theatre backstage at The Lowry

Backstage Tours

Saturday: 11am-3pm and Sunday: 11am-4pm
In the Lowry
All Ages

Get a sneak peek behind the curtain, where your favourite stars prepare before taking to the stage. Join us on our incredible backstage tours to experience a side of the theatre that few get to see and to ask all the questions you’ve always wanted answering! 


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The Swings

Saturday 15 Jun & Sunday 16 June at 10:30am,12pm,2pm,3:30pm
Behind the Lowry

All Ages

Come and enter our world of The Swings. We love playing and swinging about on our giant swing set and we’d love you to have a go too. Watch as our aerialists swing, climb, play and perform for you. Then the Swings are open for all to experience. Your swinging will activate a soundscape full of memories of being on a swing. Feel the rush of air past your face and be inspired by our aerialists with what you can do with a swing!

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Opera North Workshops

Saturday 15 Jun 12:45pm, 2pm
The Lowry Studio

All Ages

Join Lowry partner company for a workshop to learn how to sing Opera. Join all the other participants and an Opera North opera singer for a mass sing later on the Lowry Plaza.


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Accessible performances – join the fun

Saturday 15th June

LS Lowry Short Talk | BSL Interpreted, 10.30am, 12.30

LS Lowry Family Talk |  BSL Interpreted, 11.30am

Backstage Tours |  A BSL Interpreter available 11am-1pm. Please contact our team

The Swings | Audio description of the performance, please click here

Sunday 15th June

LS Lowry Short Talk | BSL Interpreted, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Backstage Tours | BSL Interpreter available 11am-12pm & 3pm-4pm. Please contact our team

Batuku Performance by Creolas di Salford |  BSL interpreted, 12.30pm

The Swings |Audio description of the performance, please click here