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previews, reviews, interviews, and recommendations with Steve Cooke





Look At This Land, Look About You at EBOR and Gallery Frank

Review by Steve Cooke

Look At This Land, Look About You saw Maryanne Royle filling Gallery Frank with sound installations having worked with objects donated by Rochdale Local History Collection, and field recordings taken from around Rochdale.

Maryanne explains, "This work is about where I am and where I'm coming from. The roots of me and how I connect with them. Growing up surrounded by the immense abandoned bodies of a deafening and consuming industry turned silent. Artisans, proud specialists, engineers. Knowledge Lost to time. I walk alongside the veins of it and work inside the organs that stopped moving years ago. A landscape that remembers what living memory has forgot."

The show comprises installations using cassette tape which has been looped to play repeated sound indefinitely, video, and mp3.

Couldn't make it over for the show? Don't worry!

Experience and listen in here

Recommend using headphones for the best sound quality.

Ebor Studio, William Street, Littleborough, Lancashire, OL15 8JP

Phone Office: 01706 551 001

Open Wednesday and Thursday 1pm - 5pm


First Ever Women of the World [WOW] Festival in Manchester

Preview by Steve Cooke

 WOW Manchester, will take place at the city’s landmark new cultural space Aviva Studios from 24-26 May with headline acts Jordan Stephens, Sandi Toksvig and Mel B.

The three headline evening events will take place across the weekend. On Saturday evening, long-time friends and co-conspirators Sandi Toksvig and Jude Kelly CBE will discuss their years of friendship, during which they have witnessed and been a part of huge global change and experienced personal triumphs as well as devastating setbacks. Sandi and Jude will take an uplifting look at how their personal lives have affected the work that they do and the power and importance of female friendship.

On Sunday evening the musician, broadcaster and actor Jordan Stephens will take part in a rare in-conversation drawing on his own experiences of finding fame as a teenager in Rizzle Kicks, navigating success, heartbreak, hedonism, addiction and what happens when it all comes crashing down. Jordan and a special guest host will explore how his relationship with women, men and masculinity has changed and how he’s learnt to love himself again.

Mel B [Melanie Brown] will be joined by journalist and co-author Louise Gannon on the Friday evening to celebrate the launch of her critically acclaimed memoir, Brutally Honest, sharing an unfiltered discussion on Mel’s journey from being a Spice Girl and global icon, to Women’s Aid patron and champion for survivors of abuse.

New sessions and speakers have also been announced as part of the daytime programme. Featuring a different line-up each day, audiences will be provided with the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of events and discussions housed within a huge central marketplace as well as taking place throughout Aviva Studios’ many different spaces. Household names, local activists and artists will present their big ideas to change the world, whilst inspiring thinkers, activists and world-class speakers will hold frank and lively sessions on everything from the murky history of the fashion industry to urgent conversations around women and conflict with accounts from first hand survivors. Further speakers and sessions to be announced.

WOW Manchester 2024

24-26 May, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ


Brutally Honest - An Evening with Mel B

7:30pm, £25 full price; 50% concessions; £10 Aviva tickets

Aviva Studios

BSL Interpreted and Captioned


An evening with Sandi Toksvig

6pm, £25 full price; 50% concessions; £10 Aviva tickets

Aviva Studios

BSL Interpreted and Captioned




Wednesday 03 April 2024

Rochdale Photographic Society

Tonight's session - annual competition print.

We meet every Wednesday at Rochdale Unitarian Church, starting at 7.30pm prompt (doors open from 7.15pm). The door is kept locked so please ring the bell on arrival.

If you would like to see the club for yourself and meet our members, you are welcome to attend as our guest for up to 3 weeks before committing to membership. Annual subscription is £36 for single or £46 for joint membership.

A weekly room fee of £2.50 is also payable on arrival at the meeting. Refreshments are 50p.

£2.50 for room fee

 Doors open 7.15pm, 7.30pm start

Rochdale Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale OL12 6TP


Thursday 04 April 2024

The story of Hollingworth Lake by Iain Bowden

Iain has given the group numerous talks regarding Rochdale and surrounding areas, and they are always excellent.

Free, but donations gratefully accepted.

Phone: Lynne Nield 01706 655094

7pm for 7.30pm start, St Andrews UR Church, Entwisle Road, Rochdale OL16 2HZ


Thursday 04 April 2024

Egg-citing Crafty Workshop

Join in the family fun at the Pioneers Museum this Easter!

In this workshop, aimed at children aged 4-11 and their grown-ups, they will be making some cress-y friends and experimenting with cooking some delicious 'egg-in-a-mug' concoctions.

Tickets can be purchased through their website:

There is a suggested donation of £3 per group to help them cover the costs of the workshop. However, they know that money can be tight, so if you want to attend, but don't feel able to pay the £3 donation, please choose a free ticket instead.

Please note that this event is for children accompanied by adults.

Rochdale Pioneers Museum is an accessible venue with a disabled toilet, baby changing facilities and a lift to all floors. Please get in touch with the museum for more details about access, allergens, dietary requirements or any other information.


Phone: Fanny Reiter 01706 524920

11am - 2pm

Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 0NU


Saturday 06 April 2024

Pioneer Egg-Hunt

This is a drop-in event and there will be a range of activities available today for children and families to enjoy.

Head up to the Learning Loft to try some of their Spring craft stations - these self-led activities will be suitable for a range of abilities, but they ask that all children please bring a responsible grown-up along to supervise.

On the ground floor, there will be hot and cold drinks available, plus perhaps a few biscuits or other tasty treats! (Free)

Finally, there will be an 'Egg Hunt' themed trail around the museum, where participants will follow clues left by the Baum Rabbit to try and find the Golden Egg.

Every completed trail will win a chocolatey prize. Ask at the front desk to take part.

This event is pay-as-you-feel, donations are welcomed but please don't let financial concerns stop you from letting your children take part.

Don't forget, you can also try dressing up, playing with their selection of toys from across the years or running your own grocers shop in the Museum!

Pay what you feel

Phone: Fanny Reiter 01706 524920

10.30am - 3.30am

Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 0NU


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