Culture and art

On this page you will find cultural projects to help you explore our twin town and the wonderful artists from Angers.

French Week

French WeekWe are happy to celebrate French culture and Wigan’s twin town, Angers between 5th and 13th April 2024. A programme of exciting events for everyone is waiting for you:

  • Cinema: Intouchables: 5th April – 7.30pm – Leigh Film Factory WN7 2LB - £5 - French with English subtitles.
  • Pétanque tournament: Hindley Leyland Park– free – adults aged 16+ – booking required. Opportunity to cycle or walk there together (for more information, click on the link).
    • 6th April - 10.30am to 12pm – Hindley land park – free
    • 8th April – 1pm to 2.30pm – Hindley land park – free
    • 12th April – 1pm to 2.30pm – Hindley land park – free
  • French Week French Bits & Bobs: 10th April at Hindley Library & Community Centre, First Avenue, WN2 3EB – 10.30-11.30am – £1 per child - adults free – kids from aged 2+

Join us for our Bits & Bobs extra special session this week for Francophonie Week.

The session includes crafts, music, games, fun, & ends with story time ran by THRIVE CIC.

Booking required: by phone 01942 255 287.

  • Wine & Cheese tasting: 10th April – 6pm – £12 – Turnpike Gallery, WN7 1EB – ATA event – booking required: email  or phone 07824508516.
  • Two French Day sessions organised by BeWell team as part of their Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme funded by Department for Education.
  • Let’s get arty for French Week – Inclusive Adult relaxed Craft: 12th April at Hindley Library & Community Centre, First Avenue, WN23EB – 10.30am-12.00pm - £1

Join us for an hour & a half of French arts & crafts with a delicious selection of French croissants & nibbles. For adults aged 18+.

Booking required: by phone 01942 255 287.

  • A participatory mural creation by the Angers artists duo Dupin & Duclos at Wigan Youth Zone.

For enquiries, please email

TOUCHAR by Brass Art at Echappées d’Art 2023

ToucharThe Brass Art Collective took part in the Echappées d’Art urban art trail in Angers. The four artworks contained elements of the Apocalypse Tapestry at the thresholds between real, terrestrial and celestial realms, and motifs such as locusts and butterflies. The works of art were on display at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Repaire Urbain, Motard optician and optical designer shop, and Galleries Lafayette.

#LoveYourTwinTown exhibition

LoveYourTwinTown exhibition#LoveYourTwinTown showcases the cultural diversity, unique landscapes, heritage and architectural riches of Wigan borough and Angers, through a selection of 40 photographs taken by residents in the two twinned towns. 

This exhibition is dedicated to the creative expression of local people. It allows us to share and appreciate the beauty in our surroundings and what makes us happy, by bringing together stunning imagery of our two beautiful lands.

#LoveYourTwinTown is a meeting of two cultures. This photographic experience is part of Wigan Council’s efforts to promote the twinning between Wigan and Angers.

The exhibition was on display in Wigan for three months at the Leigh Library as part of Wigan Arts Festival 2021, and travelled to Le 122 in Angers as part of the Angers celebrates Europe Festival in May 2022.

To find out more or share your ideas / work, simply contact your Ambassador.

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