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Alternative – get ready Congleton!

Alternative is a weekend celebrating visual and performing arts.

After the great success of Hidden Places promenade theatre day in 2015. The Electric Picture House Artists Co-operative is organising a weekend of events to celebrate visual and performing arts with the participation of approximately 100 artists from the region and beyond.

 Our aims are:

– to develop the cultural landscape of Congleton through a

  variety of events providing greater accessibility to the arts

  for local residents and visitors to the town.

– to encourage participation in, and build audiences for, visual

  arts and theatre productions.

– to provide opportunities for local schools to share their


The weekend will include Alternative Nature – a visual arts exhibition and Alternative Places – a day of theatre which will include performances by the local high schools, Manchester Metropolitan University and a professional theatre company. There will also be sculpture trail throughout the town centre, art workshops and an outdoor Art Fair with street theatre and global food stalls.

The whole project is part of a wider scheme to build Congleton’s reputation as a destination for Arts and Culture and as a centre for the Creative Industries. This will facilitate partnership working between the arts, other industries and the voluntary sector.


FREE Stalls available for artists and makers

The Electric Picture House Artists Co-operative invite artists and makers to take part in an outdoor art fair, part of THE ALTERNATIVE: Congleton Contemporary Arts Weekend, on Sunday 1st May (times to be confirmed). Pitches are free and no commission is taken. This is an outdoor event in the town centre and stallholders will need to bring their own tables and gazebos or similar. For more information see Alternative – Electric Picture House