Manchester International Festival

MIF15 launches an exciting programe of familiar faces and new commissions (2nd – 19th July 2015)

 

While the Manchester International Festival has been on my radar, I’ve never really engaged with it, assuming that it was for those with better groomed beards.

And I’ve always found out about things way too late – only to discover that the tickets have all gone. Not that I’ve known many names in the programme. I’ve smiled and nodded and then had to go away and Google, feeling like a most uncultured numpty.

All of which have conspired to make me believe that the Manchester International Festival was intimidating and not for people like me.

 

MIF15 launch

 

So this year I bit the bullet and got myself on the guest list for the 2015 programme launch event.

 

Ten years old and counting

 

However, just as I finally make it to the party, Alex Poots, the festival’s founding CEO and artistic director announces his move to a new role in New York.

Although he says that he leaves our city with a heavy heart, he’s leaving an incredible legacy – an internationally renowned festival which brings art lovers from right around the world to Manchester.

It’s a festival which will soon find a new home in the newly announced multi-million pound  Factory which is due to be built on the Old Granada Studios site.

Running thought the programme, it’s full of exciting new collaborations which push the boundaries to their extremes.

With the lights dimmed and ambient tunes turned up, the anticipation was palpable. By the end of the presentation I was sold!

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There is something for everyone in the MIF15 programme, and my advice is would be – if you don’t recognise some of the names, just go with it anyway, try something different and trust that Alex Poots has found something spectacular.

Across a range of Manchester venues, in an attempt to counter criticism that the festival is elitist, it’s allocated 10% of tickets to low waged people (under £14,000) with a Manchester postcode. Performances from Mancunians also weave through their way through many of the commissioned pieces.

 

Wonder.land

 

wonder.land is a new musical inspired by Alice in Wonderland, adapted to modern day. Poots was looking for a project which would lure back festival favourite Damon Albarn, which was both English and eccentric, but which would translate internationally.

A collaboration with The National Theatre and with War Horse’s set designer, this new musical is a modern story of a modern family with an  internet addiction to the computer game wonder.land. While all the usual characters will be there – some will live in the real world, while others will lie in the audio visual world within cyber space.

 

wonder.land

 

Albarn describes it as an “electro musical”. It sounds amazing!

wonder.land will be performed at The Palance Theatre (29th June – 12th July)

To find out more and to book tickets click here

 

 

High Tea in Wonderland

 

Continuing the ‘Alice’ theme, acclaimed chef Mary-Ellen McTague will create a magical food event behind the scenes at Manchester Museum.

 

High tea in wonderland

 

High Tea in Wonderland can be found at Manchester Museum on Sundays 5th,12th and 19th July.

To find out more and to book tickets click here

 

 

The Skriker at The Royal Exchange

 

Festival and Manchester theatre royalty, Maxine Peake and Sarah Frankcom will be bringing The Skriker to the Royal Exchange. This play, which was last seen in the UK 20 years ago centres around a shape shifting fairy which hovers between fairytale and nightmare. Described as the earth’s last cry, it promises to be a production which makes enormous demands on it’s performers and on it’s audience.

 

Skriker MIF15.

The Skriker will be performed at The Royal Exchange (1st – 18th July)

To find out more and to book tickets click here

 

 

Björk one-off gig at Castlefield

 

Björk is coming back to the festival to preview her new album in a spectacular gig at the Castlefield Arena (8,000 capacity).

 

Bjork

The concert is on Sunday 5th July.

For more information and to book tickets, click here

 

 

Tree of Codes – new contemporary ballet

 

A new ballet by acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor has been commissioned for the festival – with a kicking sound track by producer and remix artist Jamie XX. Soloists and dances from The Paris Opera Ballet (arguably the best in the world) will perform alongside Wayne’s own dance company and will feature Marie-Agnès Gillot ….. the French Darcey Bussell.

Tree of Codes will be performed at The Opera House (2nd – 10th July)

For more information and to book tickets, click here

 

 

Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter collaboration

 

Acclaimed visual artist Gerhard Richter and Arvo Pärt (the most performed living composer in the world) have made work inspired by and dedicated to each other.

Several years in the planning, these works will be united for the first time at The Whitworth art gallery (five paintings and choral music) and accompanied by an evening of Pärt’s music performed by Manchester Camerata at The Bridgewater Hall.

The Whitworth (9th – 19th July). For more information (free event) click here

Manchester Camerata at The Bridgewater Hall (12th July). For more information and to book tickets click here

 

 

The Tale of Mr Tumble

 

Families and children will be treated to The Tale of Mr Tumble at Manchester’s Opera House. It’s hoped that this new production will spark a life long love of theatre in children.

Following a long tradition of vaudeville performers (think Charlie Chaplin), CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher will be introducing us to many new members of his family. The show will also feature 400 Manchester children (including those with special educational needs) in a massive Makaton / sign language choir.

 

Mr Tumble

The Tale of Mr Tumble will be performed at Manchester’s Opera House (11th – 19th July).

For more information and to book tickets, click here

 

 

Ed Atkins – Performance Capture

 

Manchester Art Gallery will host three rooms dedicated to computer-generated moving image work. Performers from the festival will don motion action suits which will collectively be distilled into one avatar, thus documenting the festival in an extremely innovative way.

This is a free performance at Manchester Art Gallery (4th – 19th July). For more information, click here

 

The Immortal by Mark Simpson

 

Prepare to be spooked! Mark Simpson is one of Britain’s brightest young composers, winning both BBC Young Musician and Young Composer of the Year.

The Immortal, which will be performed at The Bridgewater Hall by the BBC Philharmonic, explores obsession with death inspired by notes from 19th century seanses. The programme, which will be the premier of his first large scale commission, will be completed by Mozart’s Requiem.

The Immortal will be performed at The Bridgewater Hall (4th July). For more information and to book tickets, click here

 

 

Neck of the Woods

 

Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon and celebrated pianist Hélène Grimaud will create a portrait of a wolf in a collision of visual art, music and threatre at new arts centre HOME – with words provided by Charlotte Rampling.

 

Neck of Woods

 

For more information and to book tickets (10th – 18th July), click here

 

 

Mercury Prize winner FKA twigs

 

FKA twigs will be making her MIF debut with a residency at Old Granada Studios, making seven short films over the week, with audiences invited to observe the process.

 

FKA twigs

 

For more information and to book tickets (9th – 15th July), click here

 

 

FlexN Manchester

 

Flying in from Brooklyn especially for the festival launch, Reggie ‘Roc’ Gray and three of FlexN dancers certainly made a statement. If you are FlexN you’ll be bone breaking, pausing, flexing and generally leaving your audience wondering how on earth a body can make shapes that just don’t seem normal. It was breath taking!

 

 

 

Ten dancers from Manchester will visit the FlexN team in Brooklyn to share styles and ideas – bringing them back to Old Granada Studios for a very special performance for the Manchester International Festival.

For more information and to book tickets (11th – 12th July), click here

 

 

The Age of Starlight

 

Festival Director Alex Poots described this as his riskiest ever commission as the piece of technology at the heart of it is still in the process of being created. The Age of Starlight will be a world first show about the origin of the universe, bought to life by incredible new cinematic technology. This 21st century planetarium will use glasses which bring CGI images into your field of vision.

The collaborative team includes Prof Brian Cox – the project will be announced and presented at this year’s festival with a full premier of the finished article in 2016.

Google are apparently investing gazillions into this technology which is predicted to eventually find itself on over 1 billion mobile hand sets.

You saw it here first!

 

TheAgeofStarlight

 

For more information, click here

 

 

Festival Square in Albert Square

 

There will be 18 days of free entertainment in Albert Square. 125,000 people visited last year from all walks of life. There will be a BBC studio on site, music, DJ’s, Heathcotes restaurant and a variety of street food.

If you’ve got a comedy itch that needs scratching, then Festival Square is also the place to head with a full programme of fun and frivolity including late night cabarets and a comedy reworking of Dostoyevsky’s The Crocodile!

 

Festival Square MIF

 

For more information, a full programme and to book tickets click here

 

 

Club Culture

 

Traditional show closer – Yellow, will once again be rocking Festival Square with Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam and guests (18th July). For more information and to book tickets click here

However, for it’s 10th anniversary and to close the show this year, there will be two nights of clubbing at Mayfield Depot with the Warehouse project (17th -18th July). For more information and to book tickets, click here

 

So it’s something for everyone, with both familiar and new faces bringing some really exciting collaborations to Manchester – consolidating our fine city as a major international arts hub.

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Alison Staples, MIF

 

 

 

 

 

Whitworth Opening Programme

Reopening its doors on 14th February 2015

 

How we’ve missed The Whitworth Gallery during it’s extensive refurbishment. And we are beyond excited about its opening weekend (14th -15th February).

 

The Whitworth

 

The Whitworth will reopen as an extended gallery in a park, with new exhibition spaces and greatly enhanced visitor facilities that redefine its role for the 21st century.

The extended display areas reach into the landscape, with new and recently acquired sculpture on display in the gallery grounds and in a new art garden and orchard designed by painterly garden designer Sarah Price.

 

The Whitworth

 

The Whitworth

 

What’s on ……

 

Cornelia Parker

14 February – 31 May 2015
The Whitworth programme will open with a major solo exhibition from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Cornelia Parker whose work invites viewers to witness the transformation of ordinary objects into compelling and extraordinary art.

This extensive presentation will feature a wide range of work made during Parker’s career, including her signature piece Cold Dark Matter; An Exploded View, (1991) alongside an important new commission and recent additions to her ongoing series of Bullet, Poison and Antidote, and Explosion Drawings.

 

Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View

 

 

Cai Guo-Qiang


14 February – 21 June 2015

Cai Guo-Qiang is a leading Chinese-born contemporary artist, known for his remarkable projects using gunpowder, including the firework displays for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

His installation Unmanned Nature (2008), a forty-five metre long, four metre high gunpowder drawing, will be the first artwork shown in the Whitworth’s new Landscape Gallery. This will also be the first showing of the installation anywhere in the world outside the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Unmanned Nature was commissioned by the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, and it was shown in an exhibition marking his designation as the recipient of the Seventh Hiroshima Art Prize. The prize is awarded every three years to an artist who has made the greatest contribution to peace in the field of art.

 

Cai Guo-Qiang unmanned nature

 

New Acquisitions


14 February – 16 August 2015
This exhibition will celebrate the recent major gift by The Karpidas Foundation of 90 contemporary works of art to the Whitworth.

The exhibition will include pieces by Richard Patterson, Paul Noble, Dorothy Cross, Anna Barriball, Laure Prouvost and Richard Forster.

In addition, photography will feature strongly in the exhibition, with works by Gillian Wearing, Wolfgang Tillmans, Liz Deschenes, Luke Fowler, Lisa Oppenheim and Josh Brand.

A further group of paintings presented by The Karpidas Foundation will be displayed overlooking Whitworth Park. These will include works by major British artists Michael Craig-Martin, Dexter Dalwood, Keith Coventry and Gary Hume alongside recent paintings by young New York-based artists Matt Connors and Richard Aldrich.

 

dexter dalwood neverland

 

Several sculptures that form part of the gift will be permanently installed in the Whitworth grounds and park, with works by Nathan Coley, Christine Borland, Simon Periton, Emily Young, Nate Lowman and Nico Vascellari.

 

 

Portraits


14 February – 22 November 2015

A show about the lives and the relationships between the artists, collectors and curators who made the Whitworth.

Collections are created by people: the people who acquired and then presented collections to the institution; the curators and others who select and assemble works for public viewing; and, not the least, the people who feature in the works themselves.

This exhibition space will be animated by some of these people and explore the relationships between them, from Francis Bacon’s portrait of his friend Lucian Freud to a self- portrait of Adolf Wölfli made in a mental asylum near Berne, and Sir Stanley Spencer’s drawing of Margaret Pilkington, honorary director of the Whitworth for over 20 years and the first female director of a major UK gallery.

 

 

lucien freud

 

Other works include recent acquisitions by contemporary artists Mary Kelly and Cecily Brown, as well as key works from the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Collection, held at the Whitworth.

 

Johnnie Shand Kydd

14 February – 21 February 2016
As an emerging photographer, Shand Kydd became known for capturing the incipient community of YBAs (Young British Artists) during the 1990s. He created hundreds of now iconic black and white images of his artist friends and has continued to track the progress of figures such as Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, Gilbert and George and Damien Hirst.

This selection of works from Shand Kydd’s extensive and varied portfolio focuses on his yearly trips to the Greek island of Hydra at the invitation of the art collector and Whitworth patron, Pauline Karpidas.

 

Watercolours


14 February – 31 May 2015

The Whitworth is home to an internationally renowned collection of British watercolours. The greatest benefactor to this collection was John Edward Taylor, who was the owner of the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian), and his gifts to the Whitworth epitomize how money from industrial and commercial ventures was transformed into cultural wealth, a vital force in both the history of the Whitworth and the city of Manchester.

Highlights from Taylor’s collection will be on display, including works by three of the best exponents of watercolour: 22 works by J. M. W. Turner, seven by William Blake and four by John Robert Cozens.

 

turner watercolour

 

For more information about The Whitworth and forthcoming exhibitions visit whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

 

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

 

Photographs: The Whitworth

 

 

 

Family friendly Jan-Feb 2015

On the look out for family fun

 

Family Friendly

 

Read on to find out about the exciting family events for January and February, bought to us by our friends at Family Friendly North West.

 

Free family activities at IWM North

 

Grandmother & Grandaughter

 

IWM North, The Quays, Manchester

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout January 2015

FREE entry, all ages

Discover this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme Keeping The Memory Alive by decorating a fabric square with your favourite memory, to add to IWM North’s patchwork Memories quilt.

Join in with storytelling every weekend at:

10.30am: Hear about a group of shapes who learn to get along despite their differences.

 

1.30pm: Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her wartime experiences away from home and making new friends, especially with a timid horse called Rufus.

For more information please visit iwm.org.uk

 

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

 

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

 

The Lowry, Salford

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th January 2015

Tickets: £15.00

Suitable for ages 3+

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be?

Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show, packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!

 

A stunning stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s much loved picture book. This is the classic tale of teatime mayhem!

 

For more information and to book visit thelowry.com

or call 0843 208 6000

 

Siberia Big Saturday at Manchester Museum

 

Bear

 

Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd

Saturday 24th January 2015, 11am – 4pm

Drop-in, FREE*, suitable for all ages

Visit the Museum’s Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition.

 

Discover more about the culture and unique nature of this vast, mysterious land; one and a half times bigger than Europe. Enjoy activities for all the family, from traditional music and arts to a guided tour of the exhibition. Meet curators and see objects from the Museum’s stores.

If you can’t wait until the Museum opens at 10am, you can come along to the Museum’s Early Opening for Early Birds – enjoy self-led tours of the Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition, object handling and craft activities. (Just the temporary exhibition will be open at 9am – you can explore the rest of the Museum from 10am).

Suitable for families with children under 5s and their older siblings.

For more information visit museum.manchester.ac.uk

 

I Believe in Unicorns

 

I belive in unicorns

 

The Lowry, Salford

Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd February 2015

Tickets: £15.00

Captivating theatre this half-term!

Tomas didn’t like books or stories. Stories were just for “Little Snotties”.

He was happier clambering in the mountains like a goat or tobogganing with his Dad. That was until the Unicorn Lady came to town and reeled him in with her irresistible magic tales.

 

But then disaster struck and put everything that mattered most in Tomas’s life in terrible danger….I Believe in Unicorns is a spellbinding and moving story by one of our greatest storytellers.

For more information and to book visit  thelowry.com

or call 0843 208 6000

 

The Cat In The Hat

 

The Cat In The Hat

 

Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester

Tuesday 7th – Wednesday 8th April 2015

Tickets: £11.90 – £13.90

Suitable for ages 3+

From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.

 

With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home?

Based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is a lively and engaging first theatre experience for young children aged 3+.

For more information and to book visit atgtickets.com/manchester or call 0844 871 3019

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

 

 

Cultural What’s On May 2014

What’s on in Manchester – theatre, music, cinema and arts

 

Lorna McBride

 

Stepping swiftly into May, we’ve got some top cultural tit-bits for you to enjoy in Manchester this month.

Regular guest blogger Lorna is back on the blog today with her monthly look ahead at what’s coming up at the theatre and cinema, and the music and arts we’ve got to look forward to.

 

 

Theatre

 

Jimmy Carr, The Lowry

Acid tongued comedian and 8 out of 10 Cats presenter Jimmy Carr comes to The Lowry on Saturday 24th May.

Carr pulls no punches in his stand up and you’re bound to wince as many times as you spit your drink out laughing. A must see on the comedy front, just make sure you don’t sit ANYWHERE near the front or do so at your own risk of becoming part of the show.

For more information visit thelowry.com/jimmy-carr

 

Britannia Waves The Rules, Royal Exchange Theatre

The World Premiere of a Bruntwood Prize winning play, Britannia Waves The Rules, comes to the Royal Exchange Theatre between 27th May and 7th June.

Carl doesn’t fit in at home. He doesn’t fit in anywhere. When he signs up for the army, he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of life in his hometown. But the army takes him to Afghanistan. And when he comes home, it’s not as a war hero but as a changed man.

For more information visit royalexchange.co.uk/britannia

 

Britannia Royal Exchange

 

Cirque Du Soleil: Dralion, Phones4U Arena

One to book ahead for, I feel like everyone should get to see at least one show by Cirque Du Soleil in their lifetime. Dralion comes to Manchester between 11th and 15th June in a spectacular of acrobatics and costumes that could be high definition if they were on tv.

Dralion draws it’s inspiration from Eastern philosophy and it’s never ending quest for harmony between humans and nature, in it’s first ever UK arena tour.

For more information visit www.livenation.co.uk/dralioncirquedusoleil

 

 

Cinema

 

Tracks, now showing cinema wide

The unbelievable and actually true story of Aussie woman Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) who abandoned civilisation to embark on a impossible 2000 mile trek across the deserts of Australia in 1977.

Robyn travels alone accompanied only by a few camels and a dog for company, aside from the occasional visit by a National Geographic photographer called Rick (played by Adam Driver, of Girls fame).

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Transcendence, now showing cinema wide

As if a film starring Johnny Depp is not reason enough to go and see it, Transcendence is a mind bending sci fi thriller about a scientist whose consciousness is uploaded – in a world where technology is fast replacing natural evolution.

The directorial debut of ‘Inception’ director Christopher Nolan’s regular cinematographer Wally Pfister, also starring an excellent supporting cast including Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past, in cinemas 22nd May

Original X-Men director Bryan Singer returns to the helm for this mind-bending, time-hopping adventure, seeing the ultimate X-Men cast (including Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence and more) unite to fight a spectacular war for survival across two time periods.

It is 2023 and mutants are on the verge of extinction, hunted by giant robotic sentinels. Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) hatch a last desperate plan. They send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 on a make-or-break mission.

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Music

 

Echo and the Bunnymen, The Ritz

Echo and the Bunnymen bring their dark, swirling fusion of gloomy post-punk and Doors inspired psychdelia to Manchester on Wednesday 14th May ahead of the release of their new album Meteroites.

The band hail from Liverpool and had hits in the 80s and 90s with Killing Moon and Nothing Lasts Forever.

For more information visit prideofmanchester.com/echoandthebunnymen

 

Echo & the Bunnymen

 

Katy Perry, Phones4U Arena

Pop starlet extraordinaire Katy Perry will be kicking off the first leg of her Prismatic world tour in the UK and will be bringing it to Manchester on Tuesday 20th and Friday 24th May, to showcase her latest number one album Prism.

Expect spectacular costumes and staging, with Perry herself describing the show as “a feast for your eyes”. 

For more information visit prideofmanchester.com/katyperry

 

Kings Of Leon, Phones4U Arena

Heads up to grab tickets before they go…American rockers Kings of Leon ride into Manchester on Wednesday 18th June on the back of their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past decade or so you’ll be thrilled to hear back catalogue classics Molly’s Chambers and Sex On Fire performed alongside recent hits Supersoaker and Temple.

For more information visit prideofmanchester.com/kingsofleon

 

 

Art and Exhibitions

 

From the War of Nature, Manchester Museum

Boxing hares, burrowing parasites, baby birds and prowling wolves are just some of the characters appearing in this story of predation, competition, co-operation and collaboration in Manchester Museum’s current exhibition.

The exhibition reveals that living things resolve conflict in many, often unexpected, ways and aims to challenge the perception that war is an inevitable outcome of conflict. From the War of Nature coincides with the nationwide commemoration of the start of World War I.

For more information visit museum.manchester.ac.uk/fromthewar

 

Reactions14: Second Breath with English National Ballet, IWM North

For one night only on Saturday 17th May the English National Ballet perform Second Breath, choreographed by internationally acclaimed British choreographer Russell Maliphant,within IWM North’s cavernous Main Exhibition Space.

Part of Museums at Night, the evening will also include music by Manchester’s own Vintage 78DJs and more.

For more information visit iwm.org.uk/reactions14englishnationalballet

 

Collider, MOSI

A look into the world’s greatest science experiment opens at MOSI on the 23rd May. Buried deep under the border between Switzerland and France is CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.  This immersive exhibition blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN, recreating a visit to the famous particle physics laboratory.

Discover how studying the subatomic world can point the way to a fuller understanding of our universe.

For more information visit mosi.org.uk/collider

 

Collider

 

Have fun exploring our city of culture this month. If there is anything that you think should be added please leave a comment in the box below.

 

Lorna x

 

Photographs: The Royal Exchange Theatre, The Ritz, MOSI

 

Other articles by Lorna

Cultural preview – March 2014

Cultural preview – February 2014

Cultural preview – December 2013

Review of War Horse at The Lowry

Pantomimes and children’s shows this Christmas

Cultural preview – November 2013

Cultural preview – October 2013

Review of Glamorous Amorous – The Ladyboys of Bangkok

 

 

 

 

 

Home Is In The North Reviewed

The cream of northern independent interiors come to Ancoats

 

Over 500 style conscious home lovers popped down to the beautiful Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats last Saturday for the inaugural Home Is In The North event.

The event promised to bring together the best independent interiors talent in the north, and it certainly delivered.

 

Home Is In The North

 

There was a fantastic mix of upholstery, lighting, ceramics, textiles, illustrations, gardening, woodwork, paper craft, embroidery, mosaics and lots more.

All were unique and none can be found on the high street. Organiser Rachael Adams from The Social Butterfly put together an edgy and talented group of designer / makers who really are at the top of their game.

 

Home is in the north

 

Lomas & Lomas

 

Ink Inc

 

Blooming Balconies

 

In addition to plenty of shopping opportunities, there were a succession of well attended workshops and interactive demonstrations taking place throughout the day.

Sian Astley from Moregeous Design Studio discovered the wonders of Annie Sloan chalk paint, interior design blogger Kimberly Hughes (Swoon Worthy) led a ‘create your own art’ workshop, while Hannah Wells, the Chorlton Sewing Bee from My Craftea Day ran ‘create your own cushion cover’ workshops.

 

Home is in the north

 

Home is in the north

 

Home is in the North

 

The buzz and the feedback from visitors was amazing – I should know, I was rushed off my feet helping to man the reception desk. As people emerged with bags and clutching their new purchases, they enquired about the next Home Is In The North event, which I believe is planned for Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats for Saturday 15th November 2014. Pop the date in your diary – perfect timing for a spot of Christmas shopping!

 

Grey Moose Designs

 

If you love looking at lovely interiors and homeware products, have a nosy through the slide show below – there are quite a few photos so get yourself a cuppa and a Hob Nob, settle in and enjoy.

 

 

 

Exhibitor list

 

 

For more information about Home Is In The North:

Website: eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com/home-north

Facebook: facebook.com/HomeIsEvent

Twitter: @HomeIsEvent

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Garry Lomas Photography

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Home Is in the North

A new interiors event set to launch in vibrant Ancoats

 

Home is in the North

 

Home Is In The North, an exciting new interiors shopping event is launching for the very first time at Hallé St. Peters located in up and coming Ancoats, Manchester.

Saturday 26th April 2014, 11am – 4pm.

Built in 1859 at the peak of Ancoats industrial boom, Hallé St. Peters and its historic location will provide the idyllic backdrop to host an eclectic mix of 30 independent designer-makers from across the North who specialise in modernising traditional crafts.

 

Halle St Peter's Ancoats

 

The Exhibitors

 

From intricate wirework, surface pattern design, lustre glazed ceramics, bespoke upcycled lighting, fine art illustration and ideas etched in glass, many of the talented exhibitors are united and inspired by the industrial North.

Taking inspiration from key Manchester landmarks, is surface pattern designer Annabel Perrin who used the contemporary architecture of Salford Quays to create her ‘Imperial’ geometric pattern used in her cushions, footstools and fabrics.

Annabel Perin cushions

 

Continuing the ‘Industrial Chic’ trend is bespoke lighting designer, Richard Linford of Greymoose Designs with his upcycled lighting collection that experiments with camera tripods, sturdy steel basins modernised with colourful braided lighting cords.

 

Grey Moose Designs Industrial Style spot lamp

 

For a full exhibitor list click here.

 

Future Design Showcase

 

Home Is in the North, will also be launching ‘The Future Design Showcase’ in partnership with Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Northern Quarter concept store Fig & Sparrow and online market place What I Always Wanted.

The area has been created as a support network to give emerging artists and makers the unique opportunity to meet potential stockists in person and seek advice and guidance about building their brand.

 

Interactive Workshops

 

There is a full schedule of complimentary interactive workshops, demos and seminars taking place throughout the day. Highlights include a ‘Create Your Own Art’ workshop with interiors blogger, Kimberley Hughes of Swoonworthy, who will also be sharing her trend predictions for 2014 during a 30 minute seminar.

 

Home Is …… Where?

 

An event which brings together a collective of unusual and creative designer / makers requires an innovative approach to marketing. Therefore, to support and promote the launch of Home Is in the North, founder and creator Rachael Adams has commissioned a unique and conceptual collection of images entitled ‘Home Is… Where? ‘

Drawing on interior themes such as:

  • Waterside View
  • Industrial Living
  • Rustic Woodlands
  • Opulent Luxury
  • Suburban Independence

Five pop-up rooms were installed in five various locations within Manchester city centre and Chorlton, to explore the concept of modern home.

Whether you live in a semi-detached house in the suburbs or a converted church, hospital, mill, canal boat or even tree house, there are lots of exciting new trends that can transform even the most generic blank canvas.

 

Waterside View at Castlefield Basin

 

Home is - industrial

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits – Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Northern Letters, Eclectic Chair, Claire Murray Designs.

 

 

Industrial Living at Greengate Square

 

Home Is in the North Greengate Square

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits –  Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Sarah Evelyn Marsh, Eclectic Chair.

 

 

Opulent Luxury at Hallé St. Peters

 

Home Is in the North, Halle St Peter's

Photography – Stella Photography.

Interior Credits – Lisa Watson Quilts, Anthony Hughes, Greymoose Designs, Ink Inc, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Annabel Perrin Textiles, Sarah Evelyn Marsh, Eclectic Chair, Oh Bother Design, Charlotte Nash Textiles, Northern Letters, Claire Murray Designs.

 

 

Rustic Woodlands at Chorlton Ees

 

Home Is in the North, Chorlton Ees, Gary Lomas

Photography – Garry Lomas.

Interior Credits – Lomas & Lomas, Manchester Mosaics, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs, Eclectic Chair, Oh Bother Design, Charlotte Nash Textiles, Northern Letters.

 

 

Suburban Independence on Beech Road in Chorlton

 

Home Is in the North, Beech Road, Chorlton

Photography – Garry Lomas.

Interior Credits – Lomas & Lomas, Eclectic Chair, Northern Letters, Natalie Laura Ellen Designs.

 

Whether you are looking to spruce up your home this Spring, take part in a DIY tutorial or get invaluable advice from our event partners, Home Is in the North will be by far one of the better ways to enjoy your Saturday!

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Buy your tickets

 

For £3.00 advance tickets visit Eventbrite and Skiddle. Excludes booking fee.

Advance ticket holders will receive a free copy of our Home Is zine.

Tickets on the door. Adults £4.00. Children Under 15 Free.

To see a full list of exhibitors and more information visit eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com

Facebook: facebook.com/HomeIsEvent

Twitter: @HomeIsEvent

 

 

Competition Time

Win

 

To celebrate the launch of Home Is in the North, we’ve got a beautiful lampshade from Home Is in the North exhibitor Lomas&Lomas.

I love these lampshades – I have two!

 

Sparrow Grey & Blue Lamps

 

The lampshade is handmade with a Sparrow design, created from a photograph of the humble Sparrow and inspired by 1960s wallpaper patterns. As the lampshades are printed in the Lomas&Lomas studio it means clients can pick any colour-way they wish to suit their interior. Colour shown Blue/Grey.

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All we want to know is which is your favourite pop-up room from the photoshoot?

Me – I love Suburban Independence on Beech Road in Chorlton!

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

Good luck!

 

Alison x (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: Garry Lomas, Stella Photography, Annabel Perrin, Greymoose Designs

 

By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.

 

Competition closing date: 9pm Monday 14th April 2014.

The winner must be present to collect their prize from Home Is in the North, Hallé St. Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester (between 11am – 4pm Saturday 26th April 2014).

The winner will be the first name selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Monday 14th April 2014. The winners will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions and loquax. If you are a lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.

 

Previous competition winners (last 6 months)

The Independent Interiors Show – win a house hamper (3rd September 2013). Winner Nichola Gill.

Indulge Fragrance Boutique – win bottles of perfume (8th September 2013). Winners Gillian Shiels, Leanne Williams, Julie Ward.

Creamline Dairies / Getting Kids to Eat Breakfast – win a Saturday Cookshop course with a celebrity chef (18th September 2013). Winner Sara Perry.

The Lounge Gallery – win a Michelle Keeling necklace (22nd September 2013). Winner Alison Ferrara.

The Perfect Princess Party – win a Princess fancy dress outfit (14th October 2013). Winner Emma Wolski.

MINILAND Manchester – win a family day pass to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester (6th November 2013). Winner Andrea Lloyd.

New trends Christmas decorations – win a John Lewis Christmas 2013 teddy (11th November 2013). Winner Rachael Barratt.

Luxurious home products – win a throw from Linen Loft (15th November 2013). Winner Chris Fletcher.

Personalised Christmas Gifts – win a personalised mug from Photobox (18th November 2013). Winners Katrina Steward, Nicola McConnell.

Bathroom makeover – win a selection of pamper products (14th January 2014). Winner Georgina Jacobs.

Travelling with Kids – win Cryin Air travel packs (22nd January 2014). Winner Lily Bowers.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week – win a breakfast hamper (27th January 2014). Winner Janet Rumley.

Easy Valentine Heart Cookies – win heart shape cookie cutters (3rd February 2014). Winner Donna Lawton.

Black Dog branches into fashion – win a designer t-shirt (5th February 2014)

Interview with Rianna Phillips – win a designer mini pouch (11th February). Winner Laura Vitty.

 

 

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who entered our competition. The winner is Beatrice Henderson.

 

 

 

 

Ukrainian Love Letter

A personal story from one of Manchester’s Ukrainian community

 

What’s happening in Ukraine at the moment seems hard to believe. Quoted by some as the most serious stand off in Europe since the end of the Cold War we’re in the midst of a major international situation.

It’s hard to get beyond the shocking images of burning barricades, black smoke and bloodshed in Kiev’s Independence Square. It’s like Les Mis meets an apocalypse.

Manchester has a large Ukrainian community who I’m sure are going through a thousand torments. They will also be devastated that the world is seeing a fractured war zone – rather than the culturally rich and beautiful country they know.

I first met Myro (Myrodoodles) last Spring when she exhibited at one of my events. A talented artist who is inspired by Ukrainian folk art – she is unique. I wanted to hear how she was getting on – having read this, I thought you would too!

 

Myrodoodles

 

 

Over to you Myro ……

My name is Myroslava and although you can tell from my accent that I am Manchester born and bred, the nine-letter name suggests different, right?

My heritage is Ukrainian and still going strong after two generations of living in England. My grandfathers, like millions of other Europeans, had to find somewhere new to live after the war made it too dangerous to go home to their families.

They chose England, married women who were also far from home and settled down to a new life – Ukrainian communities were formed all over the country to keep the rich heritage alive 2000 miles away from home.

Like my parents before me, I was brought up in the heart of the Manchester Ukrainian community which is based in Cheetham Hill. On Saturdays I went to Ukrainian school to learn the language; during the week I sang in choirs and learned beautiful folk dancing; in the summer I went to Ukrainian camp to spend two weeks with other Ukrainian kids from all over the country.

Now I am older, I weave my Ukrainian heritage through my illustration work – I am inspired by the beautiful costumes of folk dance and the magical culture that breathes through Ukraine.

I had the privilege of visting Kyiv, the capital, in 2009 to dance there at a festival with my Ukrainian dance group, Podilya, which is based in Manchester. For many of us it was our first trip, and a chance to see the land we’d heard about all our lives was magical.

 

Trip to Ukraine

 

When the world opened its eyes one morning in January to see that peaceful protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosty (Independence Square) in Kyiv had turned violent, my heart broke like those of many other Ukrainians all over the world. I remembered being on that square with my friends in happier times, being proud to be Ukrainian – seeing it covered in ash, rubble and blood was soul-destroying.

Pray for Ukraine folk art

 

The situation is getting worse every day for Ukraine, with threats of invasion from Putin and his army.

It’s hard to watch images on the news every morning, but I want to remind people from all over the world that Ukraine is more than a pawn in a game between East and West, more than a potential war zone.

It is a beautiful, magical land, with a rich history and a culture that never fails to enchant me.

The people are hard-working and proud of their nation, wherever they were born and whichever language they speak.

They just want to live in a country which is peaceful, democratic and fair – don’t we all?

Whatever happens in Ukraine, I will continue to share the beauty of my heritage through my work – the brightness, the intricacy and the spirit that manages to come through every piece.

 

Myrodoodles

Myrodoodles Ukrainian folk art

 

Please keep the wonderful country of my ancestors in your thoughts and prayers – they may be thousands of miles away, but the past few months of trials and tribulations have taught us all that hope can travel far.

 

Myro x

 

Website: myrodoodles.com

Photographs: Hannah Rose Photography, Myrodoodles

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Women’s Day 2014

A guide to what’s happening in Manchester

 

International Women's Day 2014

 

As the home of the Suffragette movement, Manchester is once again embracing with gusto International Women’s Day (IWD) – Saturday 8th March 2014.

This year the international theme is Inspiring Change.

 

What’s happening for IWD in Manchester?

 

Well firstly replace ‘day’ with ‘month’ as there is lots going on the run up to and after the big day.

To help you plan you celebration of feminine fabulousness, we thought a round up of what’s on might be useful. Please do leave a comment in the box below if we’ve missed anything out.

Early women's rights movementWhatever you do and where ever you do it, don’t forget to remember the brave and strong women that have gone before us.

Those who paved our way and opened the door. Without them we wouldn’t have the opportunities we have today.

Remember too those women in other countries who are oppressed, stifled, terrorised and don’t have the opportunity to reach their full potential. And remember the women in our own country and our own city who are struggling.

Have a look at the events below, get involved, see how you can help and continue the tradition of awesome Manchester Women!

 

Manchester City Council

 

Manchester City Council hosts the IWD Steering Group. This year the Steering Group has agreed a theme of Women as Peacemakers.

IWD Events

 

With the 100th anniversary of the start of the 1st World war, IWD 2014 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played and continue to play in conflict resolution and peace building.

As part of the IWD celebrations, Manchester City Council will host the 2nd Manchester International Women’s Day Awards on Friday 7th March 2014.

 

 

This event recognises unsung women who make an important contribution in the city and provides role models for Manchester’s women and girls.

For a comprehensive list of community events and guided walks compiled by Manchester City Council – click here

 

 

We are Warp and Weft – Stature Exhibition

 

24th February – 9th March 2014

Ground Floor, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square.

Of the 640 listed statues in the UK, only 15% are of women and most of those are statues of monarchs or mythological characters.

Apart from Queen Victoria’s statue, Manchester’s municipal statues still only celebrate the achievement of historical men.

Eight women from Greater Manchester with diverse backgrounds and achievements have been chosen – all of whom deserve recognition.

 

Stature Flyer

 

Check out the crocheted masks on the ground floor of Manchester Town Hall and learn about some amazing local women.

For more information visit wearewarpandweft.com

 

 

Imperial War Museum North

 

IWM North, Trafford Wharf Road, Trafford Park, M17 1TZ

A Closer Look: International Women’s Day

1st – 31st March, 3.30pm Daily

Discover the personal stories of inspirational women in a 20 minute walk and talk around IWM North. Explore the roles of women during times of conflict and peace keeping, from the Women’s International League in the First World War, to peaceful protesters at Greenham Common.

 

GP Lewis photograph from IWM archive. Women, Industry and WWI

 

Nancy’s Land Army Adventure 

Every Sunday in March, 1pm

Meet Nancy and hear her tales of life in the Land Army in the Second World War. Learn about her experiences away from home and making new friends. In this interactive family friendly session visitors can choose what happens, and so each story telling session will be different.

 

Open Studio: International Women’s Day

Saturday 8th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm

Sunday 9th March, 11am – 12.30pm and 2 – 3.30pm

For more information visit iwm.org.uk

 

 

Manchester Guided Walking Tours

 

Woman who made Manchester guided walk

Friday 7th March 1pm – 3.30pm

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER

Hear the stories of Manchester women whose influence past and present has make the city great.

 

Girl Power – Manchester Style

Saturday 8th March, 11.30am

Meet at the Manchester Visitor Information Centre

Manchester women have not always conformed to societies ideal!

 

For more information visit manchesterguidedtours.com

 

 

One Day After Peace – film screening and Q&A

 

Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm

Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, M2 1NL

Manchester’s first event screening of the multi-award winning documentary One Day After Peace – followed by a Q&A with the film’s lead, Robi Damelin.

 

One Day After Peace

For more information visit onedayafterpeace.com

 

 

Wonder Women – Radical Manchester

wonder women radical manchester

 

The list of arts events cited as part of the month long Wonder Women – Radical Manchester 2014 celebration is comprehensive to say the least.

From gender swapping, time travelling Orlando at the Royal Exchange to Joana Vasconcelos’ Time Machine Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery and Vanishing for the Vote at The People’s History Museum (where women refused to be recorded in the 1911 census) the offering is massive.

Creative Tourist have produced a really good overview of events on throughout the month. Hat’s off to them for some serious collating!

For more information visit creativetourist.com/wonderwomen2014

 

 

Three Minute Theatre

 

As usual 3MT – the little theatre on the ground floor of Afflecks Palace, will be celebrating women in theatre with a jam packed week of performances.

Pulse Productions Presents: Wednesday 5th – Thursday 6th March

Pulse Productions Presents New 3, 6 and 9 minute plays by female writers.

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For Books’ Sake – ‘Women of Peace’: Saturday 8th March 1pm – 4pm

Women of Peace will feature local women using fiction and non-fiction readings to extol women’s often ignored role as peacemakers.

Women In Performance – Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm

 

A festival celebrating women in the discipline of performance art.

For more information visit threeminutetheatre.co.uk

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Manchester City Football Club

 

This year MCFC are sponsoring the Manchester International Women’s Day Awards at the Town Hall.

As part of this sponsorship, the Club are offering the chance for female footballers aged 16-18 to win a pair of tickets to attend the awards ceremony on Friday 7th March.

MCFC will also back a prize for ‘Women in Sport and Leisure’, which will be awarded to an individual who has excelled in the field of sports or sports promotion, community-based leisure or parks.

For more information visit mcfc.co.uk

 

Forever Manchester

 

Forever Manchester will be holding an International Women’s Day Dinner and Networking Event on Wednesday 12th March at Olive Restaurant. For more information visit forevermanchester.com

 

Manchester Craft and Design Centre

 

Tessellate is an event designed for International Women’s Day. The community group ArtAnon will be presenting an exciting origami display created by the public, at Manchester Craft and Design Centre on Saturday 8th March, 6pm – 9pm.

For more information visit craftanddesign.com

 

Red Flag Walks

 

Find out more about Manchester’s campaigning past with historical Red Flag Walks as part of the month long Wonder Woman Festival.

 

Red Flag History Walks

 

Manchester First in the Fight. Votes for Women 1866-1928

Sunday 16th March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

 

There is no such city as Manchester. Manchester in Fiction

Saturday 22 March, 11am – meet at Friends Meeting House, Mount Street

 

Radical Salford

Sunday 23 March, 11am – meet outside Black Lion pub

 

Radical Ashton-under-Lyne

Sunday 30 March, 11am – meet at Town Hall steps, Market Square.

 

For more information visit redflagwalks.com/

 

 

What have we missed?

 

There will, without a shadow of a doubt be more events and celebrations going on in Manchester for International Women’s Day. If you’ve got an event you’d like to share, please leave a comment in the box below and tell us all about it.

 

I feel really lucky to be a woman in Manchester – March 8th 2014 is our time to celebrate!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: IWD, Manchester City Council, Warp & Weft, Alison Staples, One Day After Peace, Three Minute Theatre, Wonder Women – Radical Manchester, Red Flag Walks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cultural What’s On March 2014

What’s on – theatre, music, cinema and arts

 

Lorna McBride

 

Is it March already? I must have blinked – or nodded off!

So what does this month have in store for us Mancunians – culturally speaking?

We’ve got Lorna back on the blog today with her monthly look ahead at what’s coming up at the theatre and cinema, and the music and arts we’ve got to look forward to.

 

 

Theatre

 

Much Ado About Nothing, Royal Exchange

One of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing comes to the Royal Exchange Theatre between the 27th March and 3rd May. The play chronicles the parallel tales of two pairs of lovers: the wise and witty Benedick and Beatrice, who think love has passed them by and hopeless romantics, Claudio and Hero.

For more information visit royalexchange.co.uk

 

Much Ado About Nothing

 

 

Last Days of Troy, Royal Exchange Theatre

A heads up for the just announced world premiere of The Last Days of Troy at the Royal Exchange from 8th May until 7th June. This new play by nationally acclaimed poet and author Simon Armitage will star Lily Cole as Helen of Troy, and will surely be a sell out.

For more information visit royalexchange.co.uk

 

Wicked, The Lowry

Another (long) look ahead to get tickets ASAP is Wicked, the magical musical which is coming to The Lowry between 3rd June and 25th July 2015. In the days before Hogwarts was every witch’s school of choice, Wicked tells the story of the unlikely friendship between two sorcery students who will ultimately fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West, in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’.

For more information visit wickedtour.co.uk

 

 

Cinema

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Cornerhouse

I cannot contain my excitement for director Wes Anderson’s newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, coming to Cornerhouse on the 7th March. Ralph Fiennes leads as the charismatic Gustave H, concierge at the prestigious Grand Budapest Hotel. When Gustave H takes Junior Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa under his wing as a protégé, the madcap adventure begins. Also starring some of Anderson’s favourite collaborators Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.

For more information visit cornerhouse.org/thegrandbudapesthotel

 

 

 

 

 

Her, cinema wide  

In an age of constant updates and more social interactions taking place through devices and technology than actual human encounters, ‘Her’ tells the story of a modern day romance. A lonely man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his computer operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) and retreats from the real world, in a witty and moving look at the complexities – and simplicities of relationships. In cinemas now.

For more information visit cineworld.co.uk/her

 

 

 

 

 

The Book Thief, cinema wide

Adapted from the international bestseller by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief tells the moving story of a book-loving girl who bonds with a Jewish refugee in Nazi Germany during the late 1930’s. Directed by Brian Percival, best know for his directing of several episodes of Downton Abbey, the film gives a child’s eye view of the horrors of the Holocaust. In cinemas now.

For more information visit cineworld.co.uk/thebookthief

 


 

 

 

Music

 

Rebecca Fergusson

 

Rebecca Ferguson, Bridgewater Hall

One of the classier ladies to emerge from the ashes of X-Factor series past is Liverpool born singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson.

She’ll be bringing a dose of glamour, pop and soul to the Bridgewater Hall on 24th March, following the release of her most recent single All That I’ve Got from her Freedom album.

 

For more information visit prideofmanchester.com

 

We Are Scientists, The Ritz

American indie rockers ‘We Are Scientists’ are back with full force timed to coincide with the release of their fourth album TV En Français. They will be playing at Manchester’s bounciest floored venue, The Ritz on the 9th March where you’ll be the first to hear their newest tunes.

For more information visit mamacolive.com/theritz/wearescientists

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Gary Barlow, Phones 4 U arena

A look-ahead-and-get-in-there-fast alert to bag tickets for the first solo tour of all around national treasure Gary Barlow.

Having stolen many a heart and cemented his status as a song writer, Gary Barlow will be coming to/most likely selling out the Phones 4 U arena on the 14th April.

For more information visit manchestertheatres.com/garybarlow

 

 

Art & Exhibitions

 

Vanishing for the Vote, People’s History Museum

The 8th March brings us International Women’s Day and the Manchester born Pankhurst family are some of the most celebrated suffragettes in history for their efforts to gain votes for women. Vanishing for the Vote, at the People’s History Museum until April 2014 explores how women boycotted the 1911 government census in protest at being denied the vote.

*Please note the exhibition will be closed on Wednesday 5th March.

For more information visit phm.org.uk/vanishingforthevote

 

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine, Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery has gone all out with a major new exhibition by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. Super sized, site-specific installations invade the gallery, including some of the artists larger scale works like War Games 2011, a black Morris Oxford car covered in toy rifles and LEDs, filled with brightly coloured soft and plastic toys – in addition to many never before seen pieces.

For more information visit manchestergalleriestimemachine.org

 

 

Joana Vasconcelos

 

 

Sanctuary from the Trenches, Dunham Massey


This month local National Trust gem Dunham Massey, in Altrincham, reopens its splendid house again for the season, with a huge difference. Parts of the house have been turned back in time to when it was a military hospital providing Sanctuary from the Trenches for over 300 soldiers during the First World War.

For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

 

Have fun exploring our city of culture this month.

 

Lorna x

 

Photographs: The Royal Exchange Theatre, Phones4U Arena, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Art Gallery

 

Lorna x

 

Photographs: Royal Exchange, Manchester Gallery of Costume

 

Other articles by Lorna

Cultural preview – February 2014

Cultural preview – December 2013

Review of War Horse at The Lowry

Pantomimes and children’s shows this Christmas

Cultural preview – November 2013

Cultural preview – October 2013

Review of Glamorous Amorous – The Ladyboys of Bangkok

 

 

 

 

Design a mascot competition

Winning mascot will be created by Hollywood special effects legend Shaune Harrison

 

Sharpen those pencils – The Printworks has launched an exciting competition to find a new mascot and is looking for budding artists in the region to submit creative designs.

The winning entry will win a once in a lifetime prize by having their mascot brought to life by Hollywood special effects make up artist and sculptor, Shaune Harrison, who created make up for Voldemort from Harry Potter!

 

Shaune harrison  make up artist.

The Printworks’ previous mascot, Harry the Hound, will retire this year after a faithful 13 years of service.

 

Harry the Hound.

The Competition

 

The mascot competition will be split into three categories; under 11s, under 16s and 16 and over and from these three categories, one winner will be chosen as The Printworks’ new mascot. The winning designs from each category will feature in their own comic strip within The Printworks’ newspaper – News of the Works – and the overall winning mascot will go on to have a regular comic strip and have their design created by Shaune.

 

Competition Rules

 

The mascot design competition is open to Mancunians of all ages and Shaune himself will pick the winner along with a panel of judges. Entries close on the 28th February 2014 and the winners will be announced mid-March. The winner will work alongside Shaune to develop the design and bring it to life.

 

Shaune Harrison Makeup Academy

 

Shaune is coming to Manchester to open his own makeup academy later this year (Shaune Harrison Academy). He started in the film industry in 1988 at the age of 20 working in the field of special make-up effects and has gone on to on work on blockbuster films including creating make up for Red Skull from Captain America.

 

Red Skull Captain America.

Shaune has been involved in creating creatures and prosthetic make-ups on some of the world’s top grossing films such as:

  • Harry Potter (1 – 8)
  • Star Wars (Episodes 1 and 2)
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • The Mummy
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • World War Z.

He is currently working on Marvel’s Avengers 2 and has won several accolades including an award at the New York Short Film Festival for Art Direction.

 

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The New Mascot

 

Fred Booth, Centre Director said; “The new mascot will be an essential member of The Printworks’ team and we want the new character to symbolise fun and entertainment, to be interesting, memorable and dynamic and to represent the legacy of The Printworks.

“I’m sure the winner will design us an awe-inspiring new mascot which expert designer Shaune will then bring to life. We are very honoured to have the help of such a successful movie legend and it’s a great opportunity for the winner to be part of such a unique experience. We have already had some fantastic entries and we look forward to seeing more creative designs from the people of Manchester.”

To download the application form to submit your entry or more information about the competitions and criteria, visit: theprintworks.com/newmascotcompetition

Good luck!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: supplied by The Printworks

 

 

 

 

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