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By Steve Cooke

Rochdale's boroughwide cultural trust, Your Trust, is continuing to fulfil its commitment to connect us with our creative sides through such as exhibitions, shows, events, galleries, museums, and workshops.

This is the first of what is planned to become a monthly what’s on at Your Trust.


My Old Man – Friday 19 November – 7pm: This is a Pay What You Can show, blending digital and live performance telling the story of an old, blind Polish soldier who has to adapt to a new challenge after his granddaughter finally moves out of his house.

Rochdale in Rainbows – Touchstones are hosting several events to celebrate Rochdale in Rainbows, including a screening of HIV + Me – filmed in Greater Manchester and telling the stories of three extraordinary people fighting to end HIV stigma and shame; and a Knit Your Own Progress Flag

workshop hosted by local group Knitty Gritty. There will also be a small exhibition, details tbc.

Santa's Grotto – this ever-popular Christmas event is back, offering festive storytelling, crafts and a meet & greet with Santa. Multiple sessions take place Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec and Sat 18 & Sun 19 Dec.

Xmas Makers’ Market – Over the weekend of the 11 & 12 Dec, Touchstones will host its first ever makers’ market, with local artists and creatives selling unique Christmas gifts.

Football Art Prize – The deadline for entries to the Football Art Prize is coming up on 19 November.

Current Exhibitions:

Until 9 January 2022 in Gallery One George Meyrick: Aligned Raised Lowered Offset Paired

Until 3 January 2022 in Gallery Two What’s Changed?

Until 13 February 2022 in Gallery Three Jasleen Kaur: Gut Feelings Meri Jaan and in Gallery Four - Helen Cammock: Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks


The Snow Queen – Thursday 18 November – Ballet Theatre UK’s magical production of the classic ballet.

Showaddywaddy – Saturday 20 November – Rock n roll legends return to Middleton

Treasure Island – from Tuesday 30 November – The return of Middleton Arena’s popular panto after two years away


As already reported in this column, this year’s Heywood panto, Cinderella, is staying local with a move to Heywood Sports Village. Cinderella runs Saturday 18 – Tuesday 28 December.

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