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Join the search for Leo Lost at Central Library!

The Ministry of Lost & Found is back at Manchester Central Library for a brand-new expedition, fizzing with free family fun.

On Saturday 14 September, 11am-4pm, families are invited to join Frankie Found on a mission to find Leo Lost at Central Library.  Is Leo lost, hiding somewhere or has something more mysterious happened?  .

Families will be greeted by Frankie at the Lost & Found Office and from there, will join the search party led by Frankie’s Ministry friends on the mission around the iconic library building.  There’ll be music making, stilt walking and hula hooping, plus an exciting immersive experience in The Ministry cellar

In the company of Fenella von Hoop, Professor Arty Farty Pants and Kabantu Junk Band, they’ll be the opportunity to take part in a hula hooping performance, find new sounds with the junk orchestra in the music library and craft origami bookmarks in the Reading Room.

Families will be treated to a performance by Miss Dotty Marbles, the Ministry’s librarian who has lost the plot, and in her other life stars in Channel 4’s Drag SOS.

New to this year’s event is The Ministry Cellar, the home of lost and unknown creature Boggo. An immersive experience, which promises to delight, families will be given the challenge of infiltrating the cellar without waking Boggo. The task is to find the golden keys to unlock the door, which could lead them to Leo.

Families can also go on a treasure hunt looking for Leo’s lost items, dress up and play at the Lost & Found office and lose their inhibitions with the Ministry Minions, the team of young people volunteering at the event.  Being a library, story time sessions are also on the agenda, along with the opportunity to explore the Children’s Library and get lost in the joy of reading with your family.

Produced by Z-arts, The Ministry of Lost & Found brings together some of Manchester’s most respected children’s theatre performers and artists, promising to be a both memorable and enjoyable high-quality family arts experience.  

Jude Jagger, Creative Producer says: “Last year we welcomed hundreds of families to The Ministry of Lost & Found and this year we hope to welcome even more! Free to attend, the event gives families the opportunity to have a wonderfully crazy and curious day in Central Library. My tip for the day is to try and speak to all of the Ministry staff, you never know what joy you might unearth in your investigations!”

Manchester City Council's Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “Many people visit Central Library on a quest for knowledge. Families who join us for The Ministry of Lost & Found will be on a quest for adventure. The day is a free opportunity for fun and discovery around the Library and with such a wide range of activities on offer, there is guaranteed to be something to inspire everyone in the family.”

The Ministry of Lost & Found is commissioned by Library Live, Manchester Central Library’s cultural event programme, which continually pushes the boundaries of what a Library can be through creating unexpected, sociable and stimulating experiences through artistic and community collaboration. 

The event is supported by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council, Manchester Central Library Development Trust, GMCA and Greater Manchester Arts.

Some activities have limited capacity and required booking on the day at the venue. 

Watch the trailer at Library Live!

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