Make, Do and Mend this May

A giant chime instrument will be arriving in Lancaster’s Market Square on Friday 6th May as part of Mays First Friday event.

First Fridays, Lancaster’s monthly mini-festival of the arts organised by Lancaster Arts City, returns on Friday 6th May with a full day of music, art, literature and theatre taking place in venues across the city. The theme for May is Make, Do and Mend with lots of interactive activities and opportunities to try something new. No First Friday is the same and there is something for everyone with many of the events free of charge.

The headline event for Mays First Friday is Illumaphonium, a semi acoustic, semi-automatic music making sculpture. The free event that will be in Market Square from 2pm until dusk and is the creation of musician and inventor, Michael Davis.

Everyone is invited to play the Illumaphonium, It’s beautifully tuned array of illuminated aluminium chime bars respond to touch with constantly evolving patterns of sound and light as the day gets darker.
Another highlight of the festival is the Press Printmaking Workshop at the Print Studio at The Storey on Meeting House Lane. This free drop in session will run from 4pm – 7pm and will be led by Lancaster’s own master printer, Iain Sloan.

Partner events also taking place on Friday 6th May include late night opening at The Radish on New Street. An evening filled with music, delicious food and artwork by talented local Artist Bonnie Craig. As well as this, The North West Literary Salon returns to Waterstones on King Street for the last event of its season.

Full details of this month’s First Friday including a roller disco, a clothing up cycling workshop and music fringe can be found online at

Make, Do and Mend this May

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