Town of Culture goes digital

Bury Town of culture extended to 2021

In December 2019 Bury won the accolade to become the very first Greater Manchester Town of Culture, an award based on the UK City of Culture concept introduced in 2009.

Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on public gatherings, many of Bury's cultural attractions had to close to the public, and many public events are on hold until 2021.

However, we're delighted that our Town of Culture programme will be able to continue as we have been awarded the Town of Culture accolade for 2021.

Our cultural organisations across Bury have rallied to ensure that culture and creativity can continue digitally, for all to enjoy.


Calendar of events - listen, watch or get involved

In recent months we have been able to open up some of our beloved cultural institutions and re-start some of our cultural programmes. Here you will find a list of the latest Town of Culture activities and how to get involved either from the comfort of your home or safe and secure way, in person.


Bury Photographic Society exhibition

Sadly this event has been postponed due to national restrictions at art galleries.

Where: Bury Art Gallery
When: until 21 January 2021

A highlight of the Bury Photographic Society's club calendar is the annual exhibition, held at Bury Art Gallery. The winning images have been chosen. The show is open from 24 October to 21 January.


In conversation... with Artists Phill Davenport and Andrea Luka Zimmerman

Where: Online
When: 29 October 2020

This 'In Conversation' episode focuses on the film currently showing in the Moving Image Gallery, Here for Life by artist Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Made in conjunction with Adrien Jackson, Director of Cardboard Citizens, the film explores the theme of homelessness, and has received a nomination for the national- Jarman Award, organised by Film London). The film runs until 14 November and has two screen times. 


Q&A hosted by Jasper Rees - writer of the newly published biography of Victoria Wood - Let's do it

Where: Online
When: 6 November 2020 at 7.30pm

Join Jim Parker, David Firman and Nigel Lilley for a Happy Festival livestream event in which they talk in-depth about Victoria Wood the songwriter.


Light up a Life 2020

Where: Online
When: 6 December 2020 at 3pm

Join Bury Hospice's annual remembrance service, 'Light up your Life' online from your home. The aim of the event is to bring together the community to remember, reflect and celebrate the lives of loves ones, and those that have touched our lives during the year. To make a dedication, or request a Light up a Life home pack, contact Bury Hospice on 0161 797 1748 or visit the website.


David Gilbert  (1928- 2016) A retrospective

Sadly this event has been postponed due to national restrictions at art galleries. New dates will be confirmed in due course.

Where: Bury Art Gallery

Gilbert was a self-taught sculptor and artist who worked predominantly in wood, and he dedicated much of his time to teaching others and inspired others to be creative.

The first exhibition since the artist died in 2016 and is in many ways a timely one.  David's ethos of encouraging people from all walks of life and backgrounds to create art fits nicely with currently breakaway alternative art schools popping up around the UK.


Prestwich Arts Festival: Home is Where the Art Is

Where: Take part at home
Date: 14 to 22 November 2020

Back once again is the community art trail that gives everyone and anyone an opportunity to get creative and take part. This year's theme is 'Destination', interpret this in any way you wish.


Santa Specials

Where: East Lancashire Railway
When: 3 to 24 December

While it may be a little from previous years, the East Lancashire Railway is back running its Santa Specials on selected dates from 21 November and through December. See the Christmas decoration, take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley and of course, meet Santa!


Watch this space... 

Three Bury Town of Culture Winter Streams are planned for Saturdays in December. Work is taking place to confirm the detail of these in light of the latest national restrictions and more information will be posted soon.

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