Festival Oldham 2021

We’re delighted to announce Festival Oldham is back! The borough’s free celebration of art and entertainment takes place on Saturday 24 July 2021 in Parliament Square in Oldham Town Centre and Gallery Oldham Gardens.

Over the last 16 months lots of people have gone above and beyond to help others so to recognise those efforts we have chosen a ‘Heroes’ theme for this year’s event. Come and join us from noon until 4pm as we celebrate the start of summer 2021 with more than 100 local and national performers. On the day you can expect Street Theatre, Circus, Street Art, Dance, Puppetry, Live music, Street games and much more.

Among the performances on the day you might want to look out for: ‘Planet B’ by Oldham Theatre Workshop; space hero the Urban Astronaut by Highly Sprung Theatre, Oldham based Brazilian percussion group Jubancana and CavemanM8, featuring some of Manchester’s finest MCs. Come and meet Mr Tickle and Little Miss Sunshine in Parliament Square as we help them celebrate 50 years of the iconic children’s book series. Plus don’t miss all the exciting shows in the Gallery Oldham Gardens including My House a circus theatre show especially for little people and Mama G storytime plus lots more. While you are there why not visit Gallery Oldham’s exciting summer exhibition Brick by Brick where all the artworks are made entirely from LEGO®.

To find out more about the performers, what’s going on and more information visit www.oldham.gov.uk/festivaloldham

Check out our YouTube channel to find out how to make your very own superhero costume with Oldham Play Action Group and you can also sign up for one of our FREE super hero packs – filled with super materials to help you make your own costumes at home. You’ll have to be lightening quick to get your hands on one of these limited edition packs.

Festival Oldham also links with the Summer Reading Challenge, which this year has a similar theme, Wild World Heroes. Sign-up Saturday is on the same day so while you’re in the town centre why not pop over to Oldham Library and get your young ones signed up for their fun and enjoyable summer reading journey?

Find out more about the Summer Reading Challenge at www.oldham.gov.uk/summerreadingchallenge

Gallery Oldham