Lost & Found

Lose Yourself. Find Art. Discover Manchester.

Lost & Found is a festival of pop-up performance taking place in unexpected locations throughout Manchester City Centre.

Stumble across something surprising on your way to work. Be inspired by chance encounters. Allow your view of the city to be altered. Unearth art in a scruffy looking box labelled ‘lost & found’.

Returning for its second year, from Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th September 2012, Lost & Found Festival hosts a diverse series of performances by new artists in public settings. Expect to see performance taking place in surprising locations – on Metrolink trams, in Piccadilly Gardens and up Oxford Road to name but a few.

This year expect to get lost in a game of truth or dare, take up wildlife watching from the window of a Metrolink tram, step inside someone else’s living room, get caught up in a bridal party with a difference, and much more….

Keep your eyes peeled: Lost & Found appears when you least expect it.

You can choose to track events online via Contact’s website or via Twitter @lostfoundfest

Lost & Found 2012 is supported by Arts Council England, Contact, Manchester City Council, Metrolink, O2 Think Bigger and The Lowry Outlet Mall.

A brief history of Lost & Found

In 2010-2011, the original members of Re:Con, Contact’s Young Programming and Producing Team - Phil Brankin, Alex Browning, Jennifer Gaskell and Rachel Moorhouse - were given the opportunity to directly shape Contact’s programme and develop their professional practice. At the culmination of this period, they took the tools and training received to produce their own festival, Lost & Found.

For 2011, it featured a moving theatre on a Metrolink Tram, live art in the Arndale, al fresco opera, bicycle-powered cinemas at the Bridgewater Hall Plaza, dance in Piccadilly Gardens and much more. Over 100 artist were involved including: Shams Theatre Co (Reykjavik), Baba Israel, Maxwell Golden and Martin Visceral (Country Boy’s Struggle), Fergus Evans, Larkin’ About, Elemental Opera and Butcher The Bar.


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Latest Project Blog Post

Day 3 of Lost & Found Festival 2012

Acting out somebody else's love story to the sound of ska in a purpose built front room, a second outing for our musical on a tram and a special screening of 'Fantastic Planet' in unusual surroundings... it can only be Day 3 of Lost & Found Festival 2012.

Shows relating to this project

L&F2012: Enclosure

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L&F2012: Truth or Dare

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L&F2012: Here Come The Brides

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L&F2012: Panda Moments

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L&F2012: Small Encounters

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L&F2012: Wildlife

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L&F2012: There & Back Again

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L&F2012: From Me To You...

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L&F2012: Our Front Room

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L&F2012: Fantastic Planet

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Project Sponsors

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