It’s what we’ve all been waiting for – after weeks of build up, the highly anticipated Manchester International Festival 2021 is officially launching tomorrow.
Running for over two weeks until July 18th, the annual festival boasts a whole array of exciting and – most importantly – free events for people from all over the region to take part in and enjoy.
And, to kick start the festivities tomorrow, MIF is pulling out all the stops with a spectacular dance performance takeover down Deansgate.
Described as a ‘human flip book sprung to life on the streets of Manchester’, Sea Change will feature 150 of Greater Manchester’s residents in a beautiful celebration of post-lockdown life, choreographed by French choreographer Boris Charmatz.
Sea Change will fill Deansgate with a chain of both professional and non-professional dancers, each performing and repeating a section of unique choreography.
Rather than the work moving on in front of you, it’ll be up to you to ‘move on’ the work: walking or even running past waves of dancers to animate the action into your very own living flip book.
Charmatz said of the immersive performance: “Designed as both a large festive gathering and a work of art, Sea Change works on two levels: viewers will perceive a single organism, one single continuous movement made by the many, and each participant singularly embodying the piece.”
Sea Change is completely free to attend, but tickets are required – get yours here.
And that is only the beginning – throughout the next few weeks, MIF will be hosting a whole array of exciting and free events, performances and exhibitions.
Festival Square, the home of the entire event, will be taking over Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens where there will be a whole array of food and drink stalls and free entertainment from international artists and Greater Manchester-based performers – including curated nights from Jamz Supernova, Homoelectric, Mr Scruff and DJ Paulette.
There will also be the Global Playground, an uplifting new show mixing dance, music, theatre and puppetry tailored specifically for children and family audiences.
On the artistry front, guests can enjoy a whole array of cultured and thought-provoking exhibitions, such as the Portrait of Black Britain – a powerful and timely exhibition by artist, activist and campaigner Cephas Williams posing a timely and poignant question: ‘What does it mean to be Black, living in the UK?’ This will be found in the Manchester Arndale.
Captioning the City will also give residents the opportunity to explore around the city centre and experience Manchester in a whole new dimension.
To see the whole list of events taking place over the next few weeks and to book tickets, visit the official Manchester International Festival website here.
Manchester is getting a new street food night market this summer
A whole host of Manchester’s best traders will be selling their goods late into the night
Manchester is set to welcome a whole host of independent food and drink traders with the launch of a new street food night market this summer.
The unique night market, courtesy of the popular Ancoats Pop-up, will see much-loved artisan brands pack out Manchester’s neighbourhood garden Kampus and the adjoining Little David Street on various dates across the summer.
Visitors can expect delicious food from Just Natas, curators of the traditional Portuguese tarts, Osaka Local, who will be dishing up authentic Japanese street food, and Bon St Local, who will be serving their Afro Brit hot eats.
Nells will also be on hand for the pizza lovers from their permanent home at Kampus.
Visitors to the night market will then able to sample tipples from Cloudwater and Levanter, part way through their residency at the Bungalow and garden.
The new market comes after the hugely successful collaboration between Kampus and Ancoats Pop-Up, which hosted a number of markets since February this year.
Alice Longson from Ancoats Pop-Up said of the new night market: “This is our first ever night market and we’re chuffed to be bringing something new to Manchester’s thriving independent scene.
“The Kampus garden is a hidden oasis, it’ll be the perfect place to spend a really chilled evening sampling some of the city’s best street food indies and supporting artisan makers.
“Our monthly weekend markets have proved a hit at Kampus and this is a lovely, limited run for the summer to showcase our city’s best creatives on the, hopefully warm, summer nights.”
The Night Market at Kampus will be making its debut on Thursday June 9th, and will be open on various dates through until the end of summer on Thursday September 15th, and will be completely FREE to attend.
Aitch releases new tour dates with huge Manchester homecoming gig
Aitch’s debut album is set for release this summer
Aitch has unveiled his upcoming ‘Close to Home’ UK and Europe tour, and there is a massive Manchester gig in the pipeline.
The New Moston-born rapper shared the details of his tour across social media this afternoon, where he announced fourteen dates across the UK and even more further afield.
The tour will kick off in Dublin on October 3rd, before visiting other locations including Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol and London.
The tour will then conclude in Manchester on October 24th with a show-stopping concert at the O2 Victoria Warehouse.
While tickets aren’t on sale yet, anyone who pre-orders Aitch’s debut album ‘Close to Home’ – set for release on August 19th – by this Friday, May 27th will get exclusive access to early bird tickets.
Aitch – real name Harrison Armstrong – recently released the single ‘1989’, which samples The Stone Roses’ hit track ‘Fools Gold’ and brief vocals from Happy Mondays’ very own Shaun Ryder.
In an interview with The Face, Aitch said Ryder took very little persuading to feature on the track, unlike Liam Gallagher, who ignored his recent offering of £7m for a collaboration.
The Happy Mondays frontman croaks for the intro of the song: “I’ve [had] loads of nights out involving drugs, sex, f***ing – you name it.
“But the great thing is I can never remember it.”
The rapper recalled: “[Ryder] said, ‘I’ll come to the studio if you bring me four cans of Guinness'”.
On the new track, he added: “There’s not really been a representation of Manchester on a worldwide scale since Oasis and The Stone Roses, so it’d just be good to carry that on.”
To get priority access to the ‘Close to Home’ tour, click here.
Manchester City announce open-top bus parade today to celebrate Premier League title
The Blues secured the Premier League title after beating Aston Villa 3-2 last night
Manchester City will be parading through Manchester this evening to celebrate their Premier League title victory.
In yesterday’s dramatic match against Aston Villa, Man City overcame a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in the last twenty minutes, securing their fourth title as Premier League champions in five years.
In the aftermath of their win, the Blues confirmed that they would be parading through Manchester in a traditional open-top bus parade today, Monday May 23rd, at 6pm.
Man City said in a statement: “Manchester City will celebrate retaining the Premier League title with an open-top bus parade through Manchester city centre on Monday 23rd May.”
Detailing the parade’s itinerary, the statement continued: “Pep Guardiola and the squad will depart from Exchange Square at approximately 6pm, travel onto St Mary’s Gate and then south on Deansgate, before finishing at the Beetham Tower where a live stage show will take place with the Champions.
“Onstage entertainment will start at 4:30pm with the players expected to arrive at approximately 7pm.
“The parade will be hosted by Manchester City’s City Square presenters Danny Jackson and Natalie Pike, who will be joined by former players and special guests.
“There will also be live music from bands and DJs.”
Commenting on the parade, Councillor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Winning back-to-back titles is a fantastic achievement which I’m sure City fans will be eager to celebrate, especially as the pandemic denied them the chance to do so last season.
“The Council are happy to support the parade and expect a memorable occasion as tens of thousands of fans gather in the city centre to share the moment.”
Ahead of lifting the trophy for the last time, Club skipper Fernandinho said: “To finish my nine years at City by winning my fifth Premier League title is a dream come true.
“This squad is genuinely special. The togetherness of the players is like nothing I have experienced before. These guys are my brothers, which makes winning the title even more special.”
Visit the Manchester City website for more information on tonight’s parade.