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Monday 15 October - Monday 22 October 2018

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Back and better than ever

The festival begins returns next week, bringing stars of page, stage and screen to town with 35 shows in 8 days. From Monday, 15 October 2018 until Monday, 22 October 2018, we will stage drama, comedy, poetry, spoken word, visual arts and children’s shows, plus a Generation Z programme for 14 to 25 year olds. While over […]

Women of the World add WOW factor

Well known faces from stage and screen will be appearing at the Curtain Theatre.  On Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 2pm renowned director, actor and writer Joyce Branagh will present ‘Women of the World’ at the Milkstone Road theatre – featuring some very special guests reading classic poetry and prose on stage. These include Hannah […]

Fun events for families

There’s lots for children and families to look forward to at this year’s festival. On Saturday, 20 October 2018 at Rochdale Central Library author and storyteller Richard O’Neill presents a live interactive reading of his latest enchanting story – Polonius the Pit Pony. He’ll also read other stories, and provide tips on how to create your […]

Top UK broadcaster and writer added to line-up

Another famous name has been added to our line-up. At 7pm on Wednesday, 17 October 2018, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie will be sharing stories and insights from his retracing of the famous Jarrow March, as explored in his latest book Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now. Stuart is familiar to […]

A (short) evening with Stuart Maconie

Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie shares stories and insights from his recent retracing of the famous Jarrow March, as explored in his latest book Long Road from Jarrow: A Journey Through Britain Then and Now. ‘Three and a half weeks. Three hundred miles. I saw roaring arterial highways and silent lanes, candlelit cathedrals and angry men […]

Young producers wanted

Are you interested in the arts, live shows and performances? Would you like to get more involved and have your voice heard? Right now we’re on the lookout for young people aged 16 to 25 to take part in a pioneering scheme that will see you attend a wide range of shows and other events, […]

Early birds go!! 25% off tickets

Tickets are now on sale, so get yours early and save money this month. All festival shows priced over £5 will be available with an Early Bird discount of 25% until 4pm on Monday, 27 August 2018. You can also book and collect tickets in person from Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre in Rochdale. This […]

Hidden Treasures tour

Walk like an Egyptian, right into the treasure vaults of ancient history! This magical mystery tour begins with a secret. The location (somewhere in Rochdale) will only be released 48 hours before the event, giving you just enough time to crack out your hat, whip and leather coat! You’ll be taken on a guided tour […]

Middleton literary walk

Join the borough’s creative writers as they give you their impressions of the most famous (and infamous) buildings and places in Middleton. From The Olde Boar’s Head, to Edgar Wood, to Jubilee Park, they will ponder the history and unveil hidden gems. A short walk across Middleton may change your perspective of a very familiar […]

Mirth & More – Comedy night

Mirth & More comes to Rochdale! Expect a fun-filled night, compered by Kelly J Christopher, featuring music from D’s band, and bringing together four of the best comedians around. The evening’s entertainment features Steff Todd – an impressionist with killer one-liners, Ron Shepard – a renowned conspiracy theorist, Randolph Tempest – professional thespian, and Sarah […]