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The Moomins are coming…to Bury!

Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley Collection. Photo Jari Kuusenaho. Copyright Moomin Characters TM

As ever the vision and aspirations of Poet, Curator and Bury Arts Manager Tony Trehy know no bounds as he has managed to secure an exhibition of Moomins creator Tove Jansson’s gorgeous illustrations for Bury Art Gallery.

The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum is a museum devoted to original works by writer and artist Tove Jansson. Its unique collections comprise around 2000 works. The two Galleries have also confirmed exchange exhibitions of Finnish and British art to celebrate the cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Games.

Magical Moominvalley:

The Illustrations of Tove Jansson from Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley Collection Finland

23 October 2010 to 15 January 2011

Tampere Art Museum Moominvalley Collection. Photo Jari Kuusenaho. Copyright Moomin Characters TM

The world of the Moomins from Finland has delighted and captivated children and adults alike for the last 65 years.  This Autumn Bury Art Gallery will bring this magical world to the town as the first exhibition of a unique cultural partnership between Bury and Tampere in Finland. It will be the only exhibition in the UK that coincides with the 65th anniversary of the Moomins.

The exhibition will capture the magic of The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum, which creates the feeling of visiting the Moomin valley itself. Dimly lit with pools of dappled light with the Moomin boat and islands of stepping-stones, this enchanted space will provide the perfect backdrop for these original Moomin illustrations.

Tove Jansson was a prolific illustrator and less well-known for her work produced in newspapers. Depicting the cherished characters of Moominpapa, Moominmama, Moomintroll, Little My, Hemulen and The Groke, her beautiful drawings will be shown alongside a collection of rare examples of Jansson’s illustrations published in Finnish daily newspapers.

The exhibits appeal to children who are fascinated by tales of the Moomins but also to adults who can appreciate Jansson’s expressive drawings and the darker subtexts of the images and stories.

Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson created the white hippopotamus-looking creatures whose adventures were translated into 34 languages. Jansson wrote and illustrated eight books about these eccentric creatures, the first of which The Moomins and the Great Flood was published in 1945.

The exhibition coincides with the re-printing of the Moomin stories in English and the opening of Moomins and the Comet Chase, the latest Moomin movie, launched at the Cannes Film Festival, with a soundtrack by Bjork.

visit http://www.bury.gov.uk/arts

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Urban Moves International Dance Festival

This July, the third Urban Moves, an international dance festival with a difference returns to Manchester and Bury, Friday 23 – Sunday 25 July, with an outstanding line- up of dance from the UK and Europe.

Urban Moves has put together three days of professional, contemporary dance performed outdoors, against the architectural backdrop of the city.

Twenty companies from the UK and Europe will perform in variety of venues:  Castlefield, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly railway station.

The weekend’s highlights include: Beau Geste from France – prepare to be amazed when Transports Exceptionnels brings to life the ultimate children’ s fantasy – a duet between a dancer and a giant mechanical digger!

Etant Donne from France,  Aspecto’s shop window in The Triangle comes to life with naughty antics, as dancers mercilessly send up the word of fashion and the hard sell in La Vitrine.

Dancing in the air, from Circo Delicio from Spain performing daring aerial feats in walls and in the air and UK based Gravity and Levity with Re-Flex.

A journey back in time  – local company Resonance Dance perform Forgotten Ghosts, an Urban Moves new commission, a taste of romance on the platforms and escalators of Piccadilly Station.

The Bicycle Ballet, a 30 minute dance performance, celebrating the dance that is cycling, will take place on Sunday 25 in Castlefield, Manchester. See bicycles dance in a performance reminiscent of Busby Berkeley’s stunning synchronized film choreography, illustrating the highs and lows of city cycling: the sheer joy of swerving downhill on a bike, the wind behind you and the sun on your face, tempered by the gritty reality of urban cycling. The performance is funded by Manchester City Council as part of the Cultural Olympiad open weekend

For performance times and a full programme visit www.urbanmovesfestival.co.uk

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