Manchester is absolutely bloody wonderful.
I love it, you love it, we all love it.
And now there’s a one-day festival completely dedicated to the celebration of how great Manchester really is.
The Festival of Manchester, on Saturday 1st September will be celebrating the city’s diversity and wealth of culture with an action-packed programme of family-friendly cultural activities and performances, from midday until well after sunset.
Over 60 different community groups from all over the City will be taking part in the celebrations, with each of them set to show off their own culture and traditions in an amazing carnival of ‘culture, colour and creativity’.
One of the groups taking part are Manchester Malayalee Association – a community organisation made up of people from Kerala in India.
The organisation aims to preserve and maintain the culture and traditions of Kerala.
For the Festival of Manchester the organisation will be bringing their unmissable drum ensemble, the Chenda Melam, to demonstrate their very own unique traditional art of drumming, Keralan style.
If you’re looking for something to do with the whole family there’s going to be plenty of fun to be had.
With live music, have-a-go workshops in dance, design, crafts, and sports, as well as walkabout theatre, mouth-watering street FOOD (they’ve got food guys), poetry slams and debates, there will be something for everyone.
And it’s definitely worth sticking around for their grand finale too.
The festival promises to finish in ‘spectacular style’ with an incredible show on the lake in the middle of the park.
The ‘Swan Song’ has been specially created for the festival by Walk the Plank and features the proudest of peacocks and the most elegant of swans, who together will create a fleeting moment of fiery magic on the lake.
During the day families can work with an expert ‘peacock maker’ in the Arts and Crafts marquee to create fantastic tail feathers for the peacock to ensure he’s looking his very best for his evening encounter with the Swan.
The finale begins at 8.15pm as dusk falls, in which you’ll hear the peacock calling.
See if you can catch the fleeting moment when the swan and the peacock join each other in a magical encounter on the lake featuring live music, fire, a giant illuminated swan and the most handsome peacock in the park.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said:
“The festival is going to be fantastic – the perfect way to round off the summer before everyone goes back to school. The whole day is jam-packed with non-stop activities – and all free. It’s an unmissable chance to celebrate all the many different cultures and traditions that make up our city and help to make it so amazing, so come down, get involved, and enjoy the day!”
For more information go to www.festivalofmanchester.uk