We are a collection of professional arts organisations from across the district joining forces to promote Lancaster as an exciting cultural destination under the banner Lancaster Arts City.
Organisations involved includes The Dukes, Grand Theatre, More Music, Ludus Dance, Live at LICA, Litfest, Green Close Studios, The Platform and Storey Gallery.
Lancaster Arts City signposts the professional performances, exhibitions and events taking place on our doorstep, and celebrates the fantastic cluster of arts organisations in the area. To launch the brand we have also come up with two exciting new initiatives: First Fridays and a free mobile ‘what’s on’ app.
Every First Friday of the month, local arts organisations will be offering special events to enjoy for free, to encourage more people to experience the wide variety of arts activities available in the district.
Our first ever First Friday pilot event will be held on the evening of 5th October featuring music and dance on Market Square, while November’s First Friday is entitled Light Up Lancaster. At this free event, all the family can stroll through the city on the evening of November 2 to enjoy music, film, dance and art lighting up Lancaster’s beautiful buildings and squares.
With so much going on, even committed arts attenders often find out about exciting cultural events after they have taken place. The Arts City mobile app is designed to help promote arts activity on any particular day. So, whether you’ve got a baby-sitter booked for an evening out and want to know what’s on, or you have friends and family arriving next month and would like to introduce them to something a bit different – you’ll always know what’s happening.
The free mobile app will initially launch for Apple iPhones with a Google Android version arriving a few weeks later.
Is the app free?
Yes - there are no adverts either!
What are the minimum specs for Apple handsets?
Your iPhone must be the iPhone 3GS handset or newer and running the operating system iOS 4.3 or greater.
Why don't you support older Apple handsets?
We wanted to make sure the app worked on the majority of Apple devices and with the recent release of iOS 6 (and the related technical changes by Apple) we haven't the budget to enable the app to run on older versions.
How can I report a 'bug' with the app?
Please contact us via the email address at the footer of this page.
How can I add my venue to the app?
We very much feel we are in the 'beta' stages of trialing this app. If you'd like us to consider your venue please email us below and we will log your request. Please note any subsequent development of the app (and additional venue inclusion) is based on a number of factors including future funding.
A free 'What's On' Event Listings App
First Fridays Video:-
Lancaster Arts City is a Lancaster Arts Partners initiative.
Lancaster Arts City is supported by Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster University and Arts Council England.
Venues included in the Arts City App are:-