Thu 17 – Mon 28 May 2018

The Lowry’s Festival for the Compulsively Curious is Back!


100 artists, 70 performances, 12 extraordinary days.


In the year that The Lowry turns 18, our festival of incredible, international work for the compulsively curious returns to challenge convention and celebrate the ‘coming of age’.


See The Lowry’s foyer transformed into the physicalisation of the human nervous system through lights, electronics and ropes. Watch as robots share the stage with children in a zero gravity dance of rhythm and fury. Relive the tastes of your childhood in the memoirs of a renowned chef and writer. Take a digital journey through the darker reaches of the subconscious mind. Enter a world where teenagers are in charge and a familiar urban landscape is turned on its head. Experience hidden parts of The Lowry in David Shearing’s immersive late-night re-design of our backstage areas,


Re-visit familiar stories told in new and surprising ways.


For our full Week 53 Line Up visit here.


All tickets for Week 53 are either free, £10 or £20. Also, at least 53 ‘Pay What You Decide’ tickets have been released for all Week 53 shows!*


Tickets are available online for each production (maximum two per person) – our way of rewarding the curious!


*Excludes Girl Gang Manchester and Standard Issue.


Look out for further announcements coming soon…and remember… Stay Curious.

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Thank You!

What an amazing Week 53 it was!

A quick snapshot of 12 extraordinary days of international work for the compulsively curious. Thank you to everyone that made Week53 2018 possible - particularly our headline sponsor Selfridges

The festival will return in 2020!

Watch the 2018 trailer


Take a look at the first Week 53 back in 2016

A short film highlighting a little bit of everything that happened during Week 53 in 2016.