NEW adult circus skill classes

Join our Circus Sessions for Adults

Circus isn’t just for the kids! Skylight is starting an ongoing circus session just for adults at our base in central Rochdale. Initially there will be a 6 week course in circus skills, with juggling, diabolo and other hand held kit. The more adventurous can also try out stilt walking, tightwire, globe, rolabola and unicycle.

The class will be led by Jim Riley, founder of Skylight Circus Arts, who has many years’ experience performing and teaching circus. The course is open to absolute beginners as well as anyone who already has skills. Some skills are easy to master, whilst others will require practice. Whatever, there will be fun, excitement and exercise in the safe, warm and friendly setting of our new base.

There will be opportunities to join other Skylight classes in performances. Come and see us at Rochdale Ideas and Literature Festival, 25th October, with extracts from our “Angel” show combining Poetry and Circus and have a go in our open workshop there.

Circus Sessions for Adults – Introductory Course begins on Wednesday 15 October 7pm -9pm spinning plate skills, at St Chad’s Fold Hall, Sparrow Hill and costs £5 per session. For more details or to book ring the office 01706 650676

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Skylight Circus Arts perform at Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Rochdale’s own circus school, Skylight Circus Arts, will be performing excerpts from ‘Angel’ at the Rochdale Feel Good Festival on both Friday and Saturday daytime. Circus and stories, images and spectacle,inspired by the wonderful angel statue that once stood on the corner of Broadfield Park. Aerial escapades, unicyling horses, feathers and flight, stilt statues and globewalking stones.


Why not have a go? Come and try your hands and feet at a variety of different skills in our circus workshops from juggling to unicyling, diabolo to spinning plates.

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Arts Organisation Funding 2015/15 – 2017/18

It is the aim of Link4Life that Rochdale Borough is a thriving place in which accessible, quality arts can flourish and participation in the arts is open to everyone.

To help achieve this aim Link4Life advises and supports arts organisations to reach their goals in the arts development field.

Link4Life also manages revenue funding from Rochdale Borough Council for constituted arts organisations based in Rochdale Borough.

We  are inviting constituted Arts Organisations to apply to the Arts Organisation Grant Funding Programme 2015/16 – 2017/18.

Who can apply?

To ensure appropriate governance is in place it is important that applicants are a properly constituted, not for profit, voluntary arts organisation based in Rochdale Borough.

The intention is that organisations use this funding to meet the corporate objectives of Link4Life and Rochdale Borough Council.

How much can I apply for?

An upper limit of £20,000, per year, is placed on applications to this grant fund.

Funding agreements will be for a three year period (subject to funding being maintained by Rochdale Borough Council) which will be subject to an annual review.

For more information please contact: Julian Jefferson, Head of Arts & Heritage, Link4Life 01706 924916 [email protected]

For an application form please click on this link: Arts Organisation Funding Application 2015 18

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Rochdale’s Digital War Memorial

This film shows artist, Liam Dean, painting the street art for Rochdale’s commemoration for World War One. The striking final image is the visual representation of the thoughts and emotions of pupils from Holy Family RC & CE College, Matthew Moss High School and Service Veteran Harry Mills. These thoughts from a cross-generational, multi-cultural group were built into more tangible poems by Ray Stearn, giving Liam the ideas for the images that appear now.

The Digital War Memorial is a project led by the Society of Chief librarians. It brings together a wide range of communities to work with high quality artists to create their own unique creative response to the First World War Centenary. Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, the new artworks tell diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today. From 2014 to 2018 we hope to see projects across the whole country that will cumulate into a truly national memorial for our times.

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Artists Invitation

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