Culture festival kicks off in Wigan ahead of Rugby World Cup

Titled The Power of Together, it will include events, activities and performances at different locations around the borough during the tournament.

Friday’s opening coincided with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair trophies visiting the borough as part of the National Lottery trophy tour.

A highlight of the cultural program is the Gerrumonside! exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life, which will host a series of Q&As, lectures and discussions, in addition to the main exhibition detailing the history of rugby league in the borough.

The trophies at Millbrook Primary School in Shevington

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Family activities will also be offered in the borough’s libraries, as well as courses in writing, poetry and sports journalism.

Wigan Council Leader Councilor David Molyneux said: “Excitement is building for the World Cup and we can’t wait for kick-off.

“One of the main motivations for us to organize tournaments like this and the UEFA Women’s Euro was the impact off the pitch for the benefit of our residents.

RLWC2021 RugBee mascot next to a flower installation on the roundabout outside Leigh Sports Village

“The cultural program plays a huge part and we think there’s something to get everyone caught up in the World Cup fever.”

Councilor Chris Ready, the firm’s portfolio holder for communities, said: “We are delighted to see all the activity in our library and cultural buildings, as we know rugby league holds a special place for so many people in this district.

“There’s something for fans old and new and it’s also a perfect opportunity to visit the amazing Gerrumonside! exhibition before the full-time whistle blows at the end of November.

The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday until November 19.

The program also includes a five-week photography exhibition at the Wigan Library, a live event at the Ashton Library chaired by author and rugby league editor Phil Caplan, and a conference on women in the rugby league with England international and Wigan Warriors captain Rachel Thompson at the Archives. : Wigan and Leigh.

For tickets and more details about the cultural festival, go to

Tickets for World Cup matches at Leigh Sports Village and DW Stadium are on sale now at

Darcy J. Skinner