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This week: 22 - 28 October

22 October 2018 |

If the thought of Hallowe'en has your pulse racing for all the wrong reasons, never fear! There's prize-worthy sculpture in Yorkshire, the last few tour dates of a powerful Irish poet, and an improvisation festival in Liverpool. Just beware if you're passing through Manchester city centre at the weekend... it's going to look a fright!

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture exhibition in Wakefield, Yorkshire
The exhibition opens on 26th October and presents work by the five artists – Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Magali Reus, Phillip Lai and Cerith Wyn Evans – shortlisted for the second iteration of the prize.

Photo credit: The Hepworth Gallery 

The biennial Prize recognises a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career, who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture. The winner of the £30,000 will be announced on 15th November. The exhibition runs until 20 January 2019.

For more information, see here.
Hallowe’en in the City, Manchester
Over the weekend, things are bound to get spooky with Hallowe’en looming! Manchester’s Halloween in the City returns, bringing the city centre to life with a host of free events for all the family.
Installation artists Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas are back and with a brand-new entourage of inflatable monstrosities and outlandish beasties specially created to take over the city’s rooftops and landmark building. Over at the main stage in Exchange Square there’s a packed line-up of spooky screamings – sorry, screenings – courtesy of CBeebies and CBBC.

Photo credit: Visit Manchester via their website

And Heart North West’s Joel & Lorna will host a Ghostly World Record Attempt for ‘most ghosts in one place’ in aid of homeless charity, Big Change Manchester. It takes place on Saturday 27th October in Exchange Square – get involved and bring a bed sheet!

For more details of what’s on, visit their website.
Liverpool ‘Improvathon’
The annual improvised acting event returns with a live soap opera featuring over 33-and-a-half hours of non-stop improvisation across 17 episodes.
Taking place at The Hope Street Theatre, the Improvathon is based on a format created and made popular by Canadian company Die-Nasty, who have held an annual 50-hour “Soap-a-thon” for over 20 years.
The first episode starts at 1pm on Saturday and the show will then run continuously for 17 more episodes. Parental guidance is strongly suggested; however, the popular Children’s Episode takes place 11am–1pm on Sunday and will be suitable for audiences of any age.

Photo credit: Impropriety via their website

Tickets are £6 per episode or £30 for the whole event. Find out more on their website.
Music Industry All-Dayer at Colston Hall, Bristol
Calling all Bristol-based music-makers! Colston Hall are holding a one-day conference bringing together the UK music industry’s A-list and cutting edge urban underground talent.
The programme includes key notes from Jasmine Dotiwala, Media Trust/Channel 4 and Chris Cooke, CMU discussing topics such as Making Money From Music along with loads of interactive workshops led by industry specialists to give you the best advice on music copyright, entrepreneurial revenue streams, management and looking after yourself.
Prices for the conference start from as little as £10 for under 25s. Combined tickets for the conference and evening Multi Track showcase ft Ms Banks are available.

Find out more and book your space here.
Stephen James Smith, UK Tour
Catch the last few dates of this Dublin poet and playwright, considered by many as central to the rise of Ireland’s vibrant spoken word scene. To date, his poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views online.
Upcoming dates:
23rd Oct - Exeter Pheonix, Exeter 
24th Oct - Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham 
25th Oct - MAC, Birmingham 
26th Oct - Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek 
27th Oct - 3rd Space, Llandudno 
28th Oct - Philharmonic Music Room, Liverpool 
Tickets for all dates on sale now here.

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