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Manchester Caribbean Carnival given green light for ‘mini’ event this weekend

The Manchester Caribbean Carnival 2020 was cancelled as a result of the pandemic

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The annual Manchester Caribbean Carnival will be going ahead this weekend after organisers were given permission to host a ‘one day celebration of community, heritage and music.’

Manchester Carnival Together will be taking place this Saturday, September 4th, at Alexandra Park in Moss Side in a ‘mini’ event, ‘Road to Carnival 50’ that will run from 1pm – 7pm.

However, the scaled down event will still boast two live stages hosting a variety of musical performances, steel pans, dance, and DJs along with community staples, food and a funfair.

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Councillor Luthfur Rahman, deputy leader of Manchester council, said: “It’s wonderful to see events return to our communities after a tough year. These events are so important to celebrate the city’s cultures and carnival has been entrenched in Manchester’s calendar for decades – this feels like a real reawakening.

“As ever, carnival will be a family-friendly day but this year slightly smaller to ensure we can keep the event as Covid-19 safe as possible. We know this event was sorely missed last year and we’re really looking forward to bringing carnival back to the community.”

Despite the lifting of all Covid restrictions, however, the carnival will be following government guidelines, such as encouraging attendees to take a free Covid test the day before the event. 

Last year, the Manchester Caribbean Carnival was fully cancelled over safety concerns amid the Covid levels in and around the city.

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Before the pandemic, the annual summer festival, which began in 1972, would attract around 30,000 visitors a year to the Moss Side area of the city.

The original organisers of the event had a desire to familiarise the white and black people of Manchester and generate a feeling of solidarity and happiness among the community, which was facing a divide in the 1970s. 

Next year, the carnival will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, where it is expected to celebrate with its usual weekend-long full scale event.

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An axe-throwing bottomless brunch is coming to Manchester this month

There’s 100 free tickets up for grabs, too…

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A new bottomless brunch deal with the enthralling combination of unlimited cocktails and axe-throwing is coming to Manchester this month.

While Manchester boasts an already impressive bottomless brunch scene, Whistle Punks is set to bring the ‘most visceral bottomless brunch in the UK’ to the city this August bank holiday weekend.

Whistle Punk’s Sunday Sessions will include an epic seventy-minute-long axe-throwing competition, followed by bottomless pizza and booze.

The drinks will be free-flowing for the full two-hour time slot, with guests being able to  choose from a selection of Whistle Punks Lager, Bloody Marys, Aperol Spritz, prosecco and a range of soft drinks.

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On the food menu will be a range of freshly prepared pizzas, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available.

And in their commitment to guest safety, Whistle Punks will ensure each axe throwing session is led by an instructor with a brief masterclass. Guests will also be limited to one drink at a time.

Whisle Punks’ co-founder Jools Whitehorn said ahead of the Sunday Sessions launch: “I think a large part of the appeal is that it feels like something you shouldn’t be allowed to do.

“It’s a visceral experience which is physical without being too demanding, and it all takes place under the close watch of our instructors who make sure everyone stays safe while having a truly unique night out.

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“So with our brand new axe brunch launching at Whistlepunks Manchester, we feel we’ve put together the most high-octane brunch experience in the city.”

Sunday Sessions will take place at 11:20am, 12:40pm, 2pm, and 3:20pm every week from Sunday August 28th onwards. Each party can enjoy seventy minutes of axe throwing followed by fifty minutes of bottomless pizza. Drinks will be bottomless throughout the whole booking, which will cost just £30 per person.

And to celebrate the launch of Sunday Sessions, Whistle Punks will be giving away 100 FREE tickets on a first come first served basis.

To be in with a chance of winning one, head on over to the venue’s website using the discount code ‘SUNDAYSESSION’ here.

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Huge Spanish festival with tapas and a giant paella is coming to Manchester

There will be dancing, live music and authentic tapas across the event

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Manchester is set to welcome a taste of Español with the arrival of a huge festival with dancing, live music and the very best food the country has to offer.

Flamenco Fever will be taking over Kampus for one day only this weekend, where it will pay homage to the Spanish culture and cuisine. 

The event will adopt an open-mic format, inviting guests to take to the stage and show off their best flamenco dance moves to music by guest flamenco musicians and singers, Carlos Van Tongeren, Jose Manuel Benzepon, Jack McCarthy, and Tom Metcalfe.

Dance teachers will be on hand throughout the event to show guests a thing or two and, of course, to get the full audience involved.

And it wouldn’t be a Spanish festival without good food, would it? 

Ramsbottom’s very own Levanter Fine Foods, which currently resides in The Bungalow at Kampus, will be serving up its menu of authentic Spanish cuisine, including delicious tapas and a giant paella. 

Sarah Chambers, founder of Espíritu Flamenco, said: “People don’t realise but there’s an amazing flamenco following in Manchester.

There’s a diverse flamenco community in the city, from those just starting out to the more accomplished dancers. Our festival at Kampus will be a vibrant, joyous celebration of what is a real art form which is enjoyed by people of many nationalities and cultural backgrounds – with loads of dancers taking to the stage and live music.

“We want people to come down, get involved, and soak up the Spanish vibes in what, we think, is the best al fresco spot in the city.”

Joe Botham from Levanter Fine Food added: “Kampus just lends itself so well to that outdoor, summer celebration. We’ve had a proper summer to remember, serving up dish after dish of Spanish goodness.

“The Flamenco Fiesta will take the Spanish vibes up a notch and be a real celebration of the music, moves and atmosphere that I fell in love with on trips around Spanish villages and towns.”

Flamenco Fever will take place at Kampus on Saturday August 13th from 2pm – 6:30pm, and will be completely FREE to enter. 

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ShinDigger & Adelphi Lad’s Club are throwing a FREE month-long festival to celebrate reopening

The ultimate welcome back for the Adelphi Lads Club!

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The newly-renovated Adelphi Lads Club and ShinDigger has unveiled its August schedule with a series of FREE beer parties across the month.

The historic venue, located on Cannon Street in Salford, reopened back in June after standing derelict and neglected for over a decade.

So to mark its first summer back appropriately, Adelphi Lads Club has teamed up with local brewery ShinDigger to host the epic Shingri-La Festival.

The festival will see the venue be transformed into a free beer party every weekend in August, where it will play home to a range of local food vendors and DJs.

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The residency kicks off this weekend on Saturday August 6th with an event curated by Salford DJ Jenna G. Throughout the day, local artists including Aletha, Lena C, and Mystique will take to the stage for a day-long party in the venue’s newly renovated terrace.

The following week on Saturday August 13th, Steam Radio will take to the decks alongside Nabihah Iqbal and Salary Boy.

The line-up continues the week after on Saturday August 20th with iconic performers such as Mafalda, Alexander Nut and Leon Riley, with even more names set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Dr. Banana will then host a legendary set to conclude the festival on Sunday August 28th.

And on the drinks front, ShinDigger will be on hand with a wide selection of its IPAs and lagers, as well as its beloved summer range.

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ShinDigger was founded in 2013 by students Paul and George, who started selling their home-brew at house parties.

The business, launched with a small £10k government grant for young entrepreneurs, has gone from strength to strength throughout the last nine years, and has released over forty different beers, all of which have proven to be a huge hit among Mancunians.

And to soak up the booze will be a selection of freshly baked pizzas from local pizzeria Talk to Me Pizza. Wing Tings will also be serving up their signature style chicken wings and chicken tender sandwiches, the perfect pairing with ShinDigger’s IPA.

The Shingri-La Festival events are completely free to attend, though bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Book here.

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