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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. 

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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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The magical Harry Potter Forbidden Forest experience is now open and it looks incredible

A truly spell-binding experience (pun fully intended)

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Calling all Harry Potter fans: An enchanting forest trail inspired by the wizarding world of Harry Potter has officially open in Cheshire.

Warner Brothers Themed Entertainment has teamed up with Thinkwell to bring the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience to the UK, with it usually taking place in the United States.

And luckily for us here in the North West, the immersive attraction is located in the beautiful woodlands at Arley Hall & Gardens – just a thirty minute drive from Manchester – and has been giving fans of the magical franchise the unique chance to experience the world of Harry Potter for themselves. 

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Visitors have been making their way through the magical woodland via an illuminated path on which they will discover not only a whole array of surprises, but some of their favourite moments from the books and the films such as Mr. Weasley’s temperamental flying car and Hagrid’s pet Hippogriff, Buckbeak. 

After watching the beautiful forest come to life, visitors can then go on to enjoy a wide range of food and drinks at the nearby village – as well as a pint of Butterbeer, of course – before browsing in the on-site shop for Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise to take home.

Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Themed Entertainment, said: “The Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience offers fans a new way to enjoy some of the most iconic and magical wizarding world moments.

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“We’re thrilled to be working alongside Thinkwell to bring this incredible light trail to life at Arley Hall & Gardens, a perfect location where the natural beauty of the forest trail and illuminated sets filled with familiar creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series, will make for a magical experience for fans of all ages.”

The trail follows a one-way route through the gardens, and is also fully accessible to all. It is also Covid secure in adherence with the latest Government safety guidelines.

Harry Potter: A Forbiden Forest Experience will be at Arley Hall & Gardens until November 22nd – grab tickets here.

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The legendary Haçienda Classical night is returning to Warehouse Project next month

Proper Manchester readers can get an exclusive price on tickets too…

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For the first time in two years, the iconic orchestral club night Haçienda Classical is returning to The Warehouse Project. 

The famed Depot Mayfield club night will be hosting the critically acclaimed music series, which sees an experimental orchestra reinterpret seminal dance classics alongside DJ Graeme Park, Manchester Camerata and a number of other special musical guests such as the AMC Choir, who will perfectly blend both House and Gospel. 

Hacienda Classical’s last residency at Depot Mayfield in 2019 was widely regarded as one of the best nights of the year among the city’s clubbers so the demand for this year’s show, which is scheduled for Saturday November 13th, has been rife. 

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Haçienda Classical will again include orchestral renditions of much loved classic club records from The Haçienda’s heritage, while also bringing new additions and arrangements of seminal tracks to the set.

The Warehouse Project show comes as part of Haçienda Classical’s nation-wide tour, which has included sell-out shows at Manchester’s iconic gig location Castlefield Bowl and the Printworks in London.

DJ Graeme Park said on the return of the iconic club night: “After a year of frustration, I’m excited that Haçienda Classical is back to thrill the nation with positivity and love.

“I’ve never been more ready to return to the stage with the whole crew to share the joy with some big new songs as well as some massive favourites too. I’m pretty sure the country is ready to share the love too.”

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Musical director Tim Crooks added: “I’ve spent the past year thinking how incredible the post-lockdown gigs will feel, and the long wait is finally over. I can’t wait to feel the noise and see that pent-up energy explode. It’s going to be something very, very special.”

And, as an exclusive treat, all you lovely Proper Manchester readers will be able to get your hands on tickets at a special price of £25pp. Don’t say we don’t treat you. 

The show will take place on Saturday November 13th and tickets are on sale NOW – get yours with the special price offer here

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NEW OPENING: A huge hotel with free cocktails and pet-friendly bedrooms is coming to Manchester

Moxy Hotels will be bringing its ‘play and stay’ concept to Manchester

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A massive new hotel coming to Spinningfields next month promises to provide ‘affordable fun’ accommodation in the elusive neighbourhood. 

The Moxy Manchester City Hotel, a Marriott concept from KE Hotels, which has hotels located in North America, Asia and Europe, will be transforming Invicta House into a luxury new accommodation complex, complete with 146 bedrooms and a cocktail bar, all while preserving the building’s eighteenth century charm.

Moxy Hotels stray from the typical routine adopted by most hotels; rather than arriving at a traditional check-in desk guests will instead be sent straight to the bar, where they will receive their room key alongside a complimentary cocktail on the house.

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Their Manchester venture will stand at nine storeys tall, with the rooms including state-of-the-art features such as walk-in showers, TVs with Netflix, motion-activated LED lights, plush platform beds, workspaces and lounge chairs.

Each room will also be pet friendly, in case you needed any more convincing.

Over on the food and drink front, Bar Moxy will be dishing up a mix of cocktails, beers and wines alongside a selection of tasty small plates. There will also be a barista counter serving snacks and drinks twenty-four hours a day.

Director at KE Hotels Anil Khanna said on the new Manchester venture: “Moxy Manchester City will be a new playground for the neighbourhood and city.

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“Our play and stay concept is a new way of travelling, designed to give guests everything they want at an affordable price.

“Located in the city’s vibrant Spinningfields district, Moxy Manchester City won’t take itself too seriously, but it is serious about showing guests a good time. We have smartly spaced rooms, stylish communal areas that are ideal for work and meetings, and a new cool bar for the city.

“We wanted the design of the building to fuse together traditional and contemporary – the exterior is stunning and something very unique, whilst the hotel’s interior will feature nods towards the building’s industrial past.”

Moxy Manchester City will open on Atkinson Street in Spinningfields in November. Visit the Moxy Hotels website for more information.

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