From a disco dancing bingo game in a car park to dozens of people dancing to The Smiths through Preston city centre an arts festival is sure to catch the eye this weekend.Advertisement
Derelict Summers festival is running throughout Friday (30 June), Saturday (1 July) and Sunday (2 July) and also on Saturday (15 July).
Festival director Chris Gilligan explained what they have planned.
He said: “Our micro-festival hopes to join the people of Preston in the participation of unusual performance, live arts and theatre. Throughout the event we are activating parts of the city, including museums, high streets and shopping centres. We have invited together a collection of artists who will be encouraging members of the public in exciting street games, curious street theatre and even some communal dancing.
“At ‘Derelict’ we are excited about Preston as a rapidly developing cultural city. We hope to do our bit, engaging the people of Preston in the eye catching and unusual. We hope more people will get involved.”
Here’s what’s taking place throughout the festival
Everyday Moments by Jofesh Shechter
You step into a room, turn off the light and there’s just you and a pair of headphones. You follow Hofesh’s instructions. It’s hypnotic.
Free admission, from Thursday to Sunday in St George’s Shopping Centre from 11am to 4pm each day.
The Lift by Wet Picnic
You’ll see this moving around the city centre. It’s free to watch as The Lift is a hilarious and surreal experience.
It’s free and will be roaming around the city centre on Saturday 1 July from 12noon to 4pm.
Carboot Disco Bingo
An extravagant game of bingo incorporating disco dancing. Cross the numbers off your bingo card, learn the dance moves for each number and win some amazing prizes out of the back of a car boot.
It’s free, takes place at 12.30pm on the Flag Market and again at 3pm on Harrington Building car park on Saturday 1 July.
Panic on the streets of Preston – the Morrissey Dancers
Prepare for a miserable Saturday as a celebration of The Smiths sees dancers heading through the city centre from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday.
Mirror Twins – Angel Club (north)
Capturing individuals in a three-minute musical head-to-head the twins bring a themed pop-up experience to audience in bars and shopping centres.
They will be roaming around the city centre from 12noon to 4pm on Saturday.
The Sorrowful Stag – Keri Sparkes
A street theatre show for families and it ends with the families becoming the show’s focus and heroes.
Meet at the top of Orchard Street by the covered market, shows at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Saturday. Lasts for an hour. It’s free.
Audio Caff – Tin Can People
The Harris Museum is being transformed into a traditional English cafe – with a performance hub where people can enjoy a brew and a slice of homemade cake.
It runs from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and is free.
Tomato Ketchup – Blink Theatre
A feminist immersive installation delving into the world of sexual exploitation and the impact of trauma.
It’s free to attend and takes place in the Media Factory at the University of Central Lancashire. You need to sign up via the Blink Theatre website and there’s two showings, from 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm.
O No! – Jamie Wood
A psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to a woman damned for destroying the Beatles. a sell-out success and one of the most talked about shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.
Free to attend but register via the Derelict Live website. Takes place in the main theatre at UCLan’s Media Factory from 7.30pm.
Carboot Disco Bingo – After Dark version
As the earlier version, but in the evening. An epic finale game. Think Stars In Their Eyes meets The Generation Game.
It’s free and is in the Media Factory from 8.45pm on Saturday 1 July.
Katie and Pip – Tin Can People
Celebrates the relationship between Katie, a 15-year-old type-1 diabetic girl and Pip, her five-year-old border collie. He’s trained to save her life on a daily basis.
Free to watch, from 5.30pm on Saturday 15 July and sign up via the Derelict Live website.