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An immersive Van Gogh exhibition is coming to Media City this autumn

The work of Vincent Van Gogh will be displayed in a way you’ve never seen before…

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Van Gogh Alive

An immersive exhibition dedicated to the work of famed artist Vincent Van Gogh is coming to Salford’s Media City this autumn.

Described by the Sunday Times as ‘glorious, stunning, but also very moving,’ Van Gogh Alive allows guests to experience the artist in a multi-sensory art exhibition that gives a unique glimpse into the life and work of Van Gogh as you travel.

As different periods of the artists’ life are explored, over 3,000 images from his vast catalogue of work will be spectacularly presented with stunning detail, including iconic works like Starry Night, Sunflowers and lesser-known paintings that were inspired by his love of Japanese woodprints. 

Van Gogh Alive

Using Sensory4 immersive gallery technology, Van Gogh’s work will be displayed in an immaculate kaleidoscope of colour alongside an evocative classical playlist delivered via a high-fidelity 3D sound system – this combination of sound, visuals and aromas of Provence will give visitors the sensation of walking right into his paintings as if they are living and breathing.

Van Gogh Alive is the world’s most visited immersive art exhibition, having mesmerised a global audience of over 8 million across seventy cities. So, of course, the news of the exhibition coming to Salford’s Media City has been widely celebrated.

Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor, said on the news: “It’s wonderful to be welcoming such an impactful art experience as Van Gogh Alive to Salford’s MediaCityUK.

“Communities have really missed experiencing arts and entertainment, with the hospitality and creative industries being amongst the hardest hit from the impacts of Covid-19, so it is brilliant to be seeing the creative industries launching new and innovative experiences for all to enjoy within a safe framework.”

Sounds a bit better than your old school trips to a dusty art gallery, doesn’t it?

Van Gogh Alive

The exhibition will be landing at Media City on October 22nd, and will run through until January 23rd, 2022.

It will also be supporting The Christie charity by using the experience as a platform to help raise funds to continue its work in cancer care, research, and education. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation to the charity when either purchasing tickets or while at the exhibition.

Tickets are now on sale, and are priced from £22.00 for adults and £15.00 for children, with concessions and school group discounts available.

For more information and to book your tickets, visit the Van Gogh Alive website here.

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N-Dubz are reuniting with new music and a huge Manchester gig

Nearly a decade on, N-Dubz are back…

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N-Dubz

N-Dubz are making a much-awaited comeback ten years after their split with a new single and nationwide arena tour.

The trio rose to fame in 2007 with hits like ‘I Need You’, ‘Ouch’ and ‘Playing With Fire’, but announced their split just a few years later in 2011, with singer Tulisa Contostavlos blaming bandmate Dappy for being the reason of the break up.

But now, over a decade on, it has been announced that the band are making their comeback with their new single ‘Charmer’, set to be premiered on BBC 1 Xtra on Thursday evening.

A spokesperson for the band said: “‘Charmer’ is instantly recognisable as an N-Dubz song, featuring their trademark storytelling via the slick raps of Dappy and Fazer, alongside the sassy vocals of Tulisa.”

And along with the news of their new single, it has also been announced that N-Dubz will be embarking upon a nationwide arena tour, with them scheduled to play ten shows across the UK, including at Manchester’s AO Arena.

Speaking of the tour, a source close to the band told The Sun: “It’s going to be massive. They have seen all the success other groups have enjoyed coming back and want a piece of the action.

“They have been trying things out in the studio for ages but finally things have fallen into place.”

The Back To The Future tour will begin on November 7th in Newcastle, and finish in Manchester on Saturday November 19th. 

Other locations during the tour include Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday May 20th. Get yours here.

N-Dubz consists of rappers Dappy, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, his cousin Tulisa Contostavlos and Fazer, real name Richard Rawson.

The band have won four Mobo awards, including best newcomer in 2007, Best Album and Best Act in 2009 and Best Song in 2010 and were nominated for the Brit award for Best British Single in 2010.

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The Manchester Day Parade is BACK for the first time in two years

The council are on the look out for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to help with the festivites

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Thousands of people will take to the streets next month as part of the iconic Manchester Day, a huge celebration of the city, its people and its culture.

After a two year hiatus thanks to the Covid pandemic, Manchester Day is set to make its grand return on Sunday June 19th, along with the legendary Manchester Day Parade, which will weave its way through the city throughout the day.

And in preparation for the big day, the council are now looking for ‘dedicated and enthusiastic’ volunteers to help bring the streets to life during the celebrations.

According to the council, volunteers will be right in the heart of the action, and will have behind-the-scenes access and a vital role in pulling off the Manchester Day celebrations.

Mark Waugh / Manchester City Council

Their responsibilities will include setting up the parade, helping visitors find their way across the event and assisting the creatives involved.

Volunteers will be positioned at various spots across the city, and will be assisted by a Team Leader who’ll be available to help them throughout the day.

Roles available include Wayfinding Volunteers, Participant Support Volunteers and Creative Volunteers to help ensure the parade runs smoothly.

The Chair of Manchester Day Councillor Pat Karney said on the return of the event: “It’s great that Manchester Day is returning to the city.

“Manchester Day’s success relies on the passion of our thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time each year. The day would not be the same without the enthusiasm of our army of volunteers. 

Mark Waugh / Manchester City Council

“I can’t wait to see people get involved in the parade – if this is your first Manchester Day, I can guarantee you’re going to love it!”

Manchester Day was created in 2010 with the aim to celebrate the city’s creativity and diversity, and has since become one of the North West’s flagship events of the summer.

Each year, the celebration welcomes 1,500 performers and artists from local communities and an audience of more than 60,000.

Manchester Day will take place on Sunday 19th June 2022. Applications to volunteer are open until 31st May. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

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The Lion King musical is finally coming back to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this year

After a postponed tour, The Lion King is finally coming back to Manchester…

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The Lion King

Disney’s multi award-winning musical The Lion King will be making its highly-anticipated return to Manchester this year.

The show was supposed to embark upon its UK tour last year but, thanks to various Covid restrictions still in force, it had no choice but to postpone.

But now, after a couple of date changes, it has been confirmed that The Lion King will enjoy a three-month residency at Manchester’s Palace Theatre this Autumn.

The Lion King

The production is made up of over fifty actors, singers and dancers, and uses over 200 life-size puppets to tell the iconic tale of Simba’s journey as he enters adulthood and reclaims his title as King.

The Lion King’s stage adaptation was initially brought to life by Julie Taymor in 1997 and has since gone on to become one of the most successful Broadway performances of all time, with it having twenty-five global productions performed in nine different languages.

The show has been watched by a global audience of over 100 million in over 100 cities in twenty countries – sixteen million here in the UK alone.

The Lion King

As a part of its UK & Ireland 2022 tour, The Lion King will be taking over Manchester’s Palace Theatre, located down Oxford Street, from October 27th, 2022 – December 24th, 2022.

The tickets for the show, which runs for two hours and thirty minutes, are priced from £20, and are on sale now.

Get your tickets here.

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