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Circus inspired Family Arts Festival brings week-long celebration of performances, activities and workshops suitable for the whole family to The Lowry, Sat 21 – Sun 29 October 2017.


Clowns, acrobats and open air theatre form some of the diverse range of performances, activities and workshops at the festival.

In the Lyric theatre a world-renowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin will present Slava’s Snowshow, a combination of theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacle. Whilst in the Quays theatre multi-award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life Michael Morpurgo's enchanting tale Why The Whales Came.
Circus in a Box, a playful duet by international handstand artists and acrobats choreographed in and around a large box, will pop-up in the galleries.
For those looking to get more actively involved The Circus House will be hosting free workshops in acrobalance, juggling and plate spinning on Fri 27 October. Whilst on Sat 28 October there will be the opportunity for visitors to put their tight-rope walking skills to the test. 

The variety of performances, workshops and activities on offer will also include Mini Cruises around Salford Quays, interactive sessions with Legoland's Master Builder, Under 5’s First Steps dance classes and pop-up performances outside on the plaza of How I Hacked My Way in to Space. 

Across the week Pier Eight Restaurant will be offering their popular Kids Eat Free promotion - for every adult that dines in Pier Eight Restaurant a child can eat from the children’s menu free of charge.
A full schedule of everything on offer as part of the festival can be found on the Family Festival website.  Visitors can purchase tickets to performances and book places online for the free activities in advance. Tickets can be purchased and places reserved for workshops via the Family Festival website. There will also be a limited number of tickets available on the day.

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Family Arts Festival
Dates: Sat 21 - Sun 29 October

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