Museums at Night 2011: Explore Big City Culture

By Culture24 Staff | 28 April 2011
A photo of people giving a cabaret performance around a table
© The People Show
Head to the bright lights of Britain’s cities for plenty of stimulating events during Museums at Night this year...

Newcastle and Gateshead’s legendary annual culture crawl – The Late Shows – returns with a full programme of after-hours openings at more than 25 venues (read our preview).

The line-up ranges from DJ sets and printmaking to pottery workshops and outlandish thespian performances in darkened old theatres. Free City SightSeeing buses will link the venues, making it easy to get around.

Central Birmingham also goes double decker for a free Art Bus tour (read our preview) linking the Ikon Gallery, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the RBSA Gallery and the new mac (the Midlands Art Centre) in one inspiring evening. In Digbeth, an evening of screenings and art happenings takes in Eastside Art Projects and Grand Union.

Liverpool’s Light Night returns to highlight the city’s many cultural hotspots (see our preview), and a new international photography festival launches at the Walker Art Gallery.

In Stockport, a poetry-themed weekend includes the chance to discover
Viking legends at Bramall Hall and hear performances in the Air Raid Shelters.

In Norwich you can experience a range of historical buildings in a new light including the Dragon Hall’s Medieval feast in the company of musicians, mummers and a food historian.

London, as you might expect, offers a full programme of nocturnal fun ranging from the People Show’s site specific performance at the Pump House Gallery and the unveiling of the new London Bus at London Transport Museum.

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