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Published 12th Jan 2018

big boro cuddle at mima featuring local funny man patrick monahan

Funny-man Patrick Monahan is set to bring the art of comedy to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) in early February, and will recount people’s stories and memories of the town, in a special event.

LIKE – Act 1, The Big Boro Cuddle, is a day of celebration of Middlesbrough, a place built on migration throughout history. Through it, we applaud our town’s diversity, with music, art, film and literature. The event will take place on Saturday, 3 February 2018.

The daytime is a free event. During it, people are invited to come along and talk to the team about how they, their family and relatives migrated and settled in Middlesbrough and make the town home. We’ll talk about the food, music and cultural richness that we enjoy here, as well looking back at the industrial foundations of a place with a workforce of people from around the world.

Our Art Trolley will bring exciting ideas and activities to get children and their carers inventing, making and wondering. Streetwise Opera, who use music to make positive changes in the lives of those who have experienced homelessness, will perform a newly written piece based on the Middlesbrough Collection.

Gavin Jasinek-Smith, Operations Manager at mima and one of the event organisers commented: “Throughout the course of the day, giant storyboards will be made together with people, local writers, storytellers and artists, depicting stories of how Middlesbrough came to be what it is today. These stories will inspire the artists performing in the evening, and will be used as source of material for the performances. It really is a chance for people of the town to share tales about how Middlesbrough has become home to so many people from around the world.”

The evening entertainment is based on themes uncovered during the day’s activities. Compere Monahan, who grew up in the area, hosts a packed evening show. He is joined by acclaimed local author Richard Milward and activist poet Matt Abbott. DJ Danielle Johnson brings music to the entertainment is and live music is provided by Northern Soul band Soul Elite.

Evening activities are ticketed and priced at £10.00 and start at 7.00pm, tickets available from: www.visitmima.com/whats-on/single/like-act-1-the-big-boro-cuddle/ or can be purchased in mima’s shop in person or by phoning 01642 931232.

For more information, please follow mima’s Facebook page visitmima, follow Twitter @LIKEboro or Instagram @likeboro



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