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Things to do next week

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The family arts festival Just So* features writing and photography workshops, a wide range of wildlife-themed activities and games in collaboration with Chester Zoo, a strong music line-up and much more besides.

18-20 Aug, Rode Hall Estate (


Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny adds singing, dancing, puppetry and masks to the classic story of the heroic outlaw who stole from the rich.

Until 2 Sept, Theatre Royal (


To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the immersive and challenging play We Were Told There Was Dancing explores changing views on gay rights in different times and countries.

16-20 Aug, Royal Exchange (


Southport Flower Show* hosts a number of celebrity gardeners in the form of Carol Klein from Gardeners’ World, Christine Walden from The One Show and David Domoney, garden expert on This Morning. They will be sharing their green-fingered tips and expertise in a number of talks.

17-20 Aug, Grand Floral Marquee (


Electropop band Stealing Sheep, taking inspiration from bands such as Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and The Knife, head out on tour.

17 Aug, Buyers Club (


In Those of the Unlight Swedish artist Pär Strömberg explores the role of females in the Scandinavian black metal subculture. The exhibition heavily draws on pagan cultures and folklore traditions.

19 Aug-30 Sept, Paper Gallery ( 


Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band travel from Indiana to perform country blues and showcase their new album The Front Porch Sessions.

17 Aug, Blues Café ( 


Illyria Theatre Company perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Mikado in the grounds of this Grade I listed country house.

20 Aug, Lytham Hall (

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  • Those of the Unlight at PAPER in Manchester (UK)
    16 Aug 2017 09:00
    […] For his solo exhibition at PAPER, Pär Strömberg will present a new body of work Those of the Unlight. This work marks a point of departure for Strömberg. Since working with PAPER, he had had to re-contextualise his practice within the ethos of the gallery. Focussing exclusively on work on paper, Strömberg’s practice has been revitalised, focussing on the participants in a subculture that the artist has been immersed in since his youth. Pär Strömberg grew up in rural Sweden. The Scandinavian Black Metal scene offered a form of rebellion. An anti-everything mentality has inspired Pär’s practice and he continually draws from this period in his youth. More recently, the artist has noticed a new stirring in the subculture that offers a radical shift in outside perceptions of the scene. The Black Metal subculture is seen as male-centric, yet Pär has chosen to focus upon the female participants. In the series of portraits called Black Metal Girls, young women – mainly girls from catholic backgrounds – use the machoistic iconography of Black Metal bands to create their own statement of rebellion. Hashtagging themselves within social media as #blackmetalgirls, these women claim the subculture as their own. Making contact with these women in order to seek permission to use their ‘selfies’, Pär hopes to evaluate their status within the tropes of Romanticism in his charcoal and watercolour representations. Pär will present a new body of work focussing on the female participants of the Black Metal Subculture. He will present the Black Metal Girls: Small portraits from BMG ‘selfies’ presented in an upside-down cross formation. Alongside this, he will present a number of large paper works that restage a variety of allegories and icons depicting death drawn from Pagan Cults and folklore traditions. Each of these images depicts a strong female role model revitalised as a contemporary martyr. The smaller works will be presented on a background of band posters that have been sprayed black and tacked to the wall of the gallery. We intend to create sections of posters, rather than covering the whole booth. The large works will be presented unframed. Press and other info: PAPER: Paper Magazine: ArtRabbit: The Double Negative: Big Issue: […]

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