Saturday 16 December


  • Synopsis

    Immerse yourself in a free magical craft trail that will transform the beautiful Victorian Hilton Arcade in Oldham town centre into an interactive family adventure.

    Expect a combination of surprise live performances with music, lights, projections, audio, augmented reality, and craft activities.

    Everyone who attends will be invited to build a creative gift box that celebrates the act of giving and the diversity of Oldham.

    Gifted is the culmination of an eight-week long project working with community groups and clubs. Together they have made shared boxes of creativity and an activity book reflecting Oldham’s creative communities. Attendees at Gifted will be able to take away a copy of the book.

    Saturday 16 December 11.00am – 2.00pm

    • Hilton Arcade, Oldham Town Centre
    • Tours take place every ten minutes
    • No need to book, it’s completely free, just turn up!

    What you need to know

    How do I take part?
    Just turn up! A member of our team will be there to register you and show you around.

    Where is the Hilton Arcade?
    You’ll find the Hilton Arcade in the town centre of Oldham, next to Poundland. Use postcode OL1 3AJ.

    Is it free?
    It’s completely free and you’ll leave with an activity book.

    Are there toilets?
    The nearest public toilets are in Spindles Shopping Centre. Our team will be able to direct you.

    Is Gifted accessible for disabled people?
    Gifted is fully accessible and is wheelchair friendly. We will have people who can support you during your visit.

    Is it suitable for all the family?
    Gifted has been made for all ages, there are no age restrictions, and the arcade is fully pram friendly.

    Do I need to bring anything?
    You don’t need to bring anything, although it would be useful to bring along a smartphone, as there will be opportunities to engage with extra content through a number of QR codes located in the arcade. Everything you need for the craft activities will be provided.

    Keeping in touch
    Check Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, for updates.

    Gifted is part of our partnership with Oldham-based Stand & Be Counted. It follows our co-production of their successful Secret Summer audio adventure which took place in Alexandra Park and Dunwood Park in Shaw in August. It is kindly supported by Oldham Council and Arts Council England.

    Creative Team

    • Digital Director: Smart Banda
    • Community Director: Firas Chihi
    • Artistic Director: Rosie MacPherson
    • Producer: John Tomlinson
    • Director and Facilitator: Nadia Emam
    • Designer: Eleanor Ferguson
    • Facilitator: Chelsea Morgan
    • Filmmaker and Photographer: Ai Narapol
    • AR Designer: Kyle Prior
    • Production Manager: Tom Robbins
    • Associate Producer: Carys Thomas
    • Sound Designer: Ed Waring

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