Followers competition in Leigh for Euro 2022 – what’s on and when


A SERIES of occasions will happen to have a good time Leigh being a bunch city for the UEFA Girls’s EURO 2022 soccer event.

Arts and heritage occasions, which have been funded with the help of the Nationwide Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, are already underway on Tuesday, July 5, and there can be loads of enjoyable in retailer within the city earlier than Portugal tackle Switzerland at Leigh Sports activities Village on Saturday, July 9.

Followers Pageant – what it entails

In the meantime, a Followers Pageant can be popping up in Leigh’s Civic Sq. on Saturday forward of the fixture.

The get together will happen between midday and 4pm on Saturday July 9, with additional occasions additionally on the civic sq. on Wednesday, July 13 (2pm-6.30pm) Sunday, July 16 (midday to 4pm) and Friday, July 22 (2pm to six.30pm).

With the city internet hosting the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland this summer season the free occasion for all followers will provide:

  • Dwell music and leisure
  • Avenue theatre and spoken phrase performances
  • Enjoyable household actions together with face portray
  • Arts and heritage exhibitions
  • Food and drinks
  • Artwork gallery exhibitions, together with UEFA’s Trailblazers exhibition
  • Official UEFA Girls’s EURO 2022 associate actions together with Starling Financial institution football-themed actions and face portray.

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Arts occasions

In the meantime, the humanities and heritage programme celebrating the wealthy historical past of ladies’s soccer will kick off with the UEFA Trailblazers Exhibition at Leigh’s Turnpike Gallery which can showcase a vibrant assortment of photos created by artists from the event’s taking part nations.

Additionally on the gallery can be Creating Areas, a six-week lengthy artwork challenge that may invite guests to work alongside artists to create a EURO-themed exhibition.

On Friday (July 8,) award-winning artist Emma Smith will head to Leigh Civic Sq. to create The Supercompensation Cycle, a large-scale visible and participatory artwork set up, on website for at some point solely.

It should happen alongside a efficiency by WigLe Dance performers and a collection of life-size holographic movement portraits that includes native residents and girls footballers.

Different occasions embrace the Girls’s EUROS Exhibition at Archives: Wigan and Leigh in Leigh City Corridor. This exhibition will give guests the possibility to find key moments in footballing historical past, alongside memorabilia from native footballing legends.

At Pennington Flash on Sunday, July 10 there can be an out of doors occasion designed by, and for, ladies. Created by Idle Girls, it will likely be an acoustic efficiency created with brass and drums.

Girls can convey their very own drums to affix in through warm-up classes, dance or just to benefit from the expertise of excellent firm, pure environment, and dwell music.

‘Occasions can be an inspiration’

Councillor Chris Prepared, portfolio holder for tradition at Wigan Council, mentioned: “Now we have a fun-filled arts and heritage programme that may run all through the summer season for residents of the borough to get pleasure from, in addition to paying tribute to the previous and current of ladies’s soccer.

“These occasions can be an inspiration to many ladies and women throughout Wigan Borough and can spotlight the significance of ladies’s soccer and the thrilling historical past that surrounds it.”



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