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Six-day creativity festival coming to Rochdale

A new festival is hitting Rochdale next year, promising a whirlwind of creativity and fun.

As the Rochdale Town Hall gears up for its grand re-opening in March 2024, the ‘Rochdale Borough Festival of Ideas’ will be taking over the scene from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 March.

With a theme of ‘imagine, create, discover,’ this festival is set to blow your mind with a mix of art, music, performances, and interactive installations but organisers are keeping the line-up a secret for now.

Throughout the creativity festival, you can expect events happening all over the borough, and many of them are free.

A platform for curious minds

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s cabinet member for equity, safety and reform, said the new festival will be an opportunity to be inspired, engaged, and entertained: “Rochdale Borough Festival of Ideas will provide a platform for curious minds to explore and discover, with lots of family friendly events running throughout and a dedicated schools programme. The borough is a place for innovation, from the first co-op to the new Atom Valley.
“This festival will raise the profile and reputation of Rochdale borough across the UK arts, culture and events scene. I hope it will raise cultural ambition, local pride and attract new audiences too.
“Importantly, the festival will include a momentous moment to celebrate the re-opening of Rochdale Town Hall, a hub for ideas and conversation as it throws open its doors and becomes accessible to all.”

Artistic associate needed

While planning is well under way, the festival is recruiting an artistic associate to work alongside the organising team. The freelance role will involve helping with creative programming and working with organisations, communities and artists to help stage the festival.
Applications are open until Monday, November 13, at 5pm and you can find out more at rochdale.gov.uk/FestivalOfIdeas


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