As we head towards summer, it seems that there is always a festival or carnival on somewhere in Manchester. One of the biggest and best is Chorlton Arts Festival, a ten day extravaganza of performance, exhibitions and events being held at various venues around this creative community from 20th – 30th May. Check out the Festival Website for a mindblowing array of opportunities to look, listen and join in.
Clare Conlon, Festival Press and PR consultant told me;
“Chorlton Arts Festival is always a date in local residents’ diaries and has been going from strength to strength since the initial idea was dreamt up over a bottle of wine. It’s great that we get the chance to see so many talented artists and performers in our local venues, and three-quarters of the 120-odd events are free. This year is even more exciting than usual as the festival is celebrating its tenth birthday and although we have some really big names helping us celebrate, there are still plenty of activities for the community to get involved with. I’m really looking forward to making merry with my neighbours at the Street Feast and also to seeing how pretty the Flashlight project makes Chorlton Green.”
There are plenty of opportunities at this innovative festival for combining arty pursuits with the enjoyment of some fresh air. I will highlight just a few of the events which I think might appeal to readers of Parklover. Most events are free, but do make sure you check out the festival website for details of whether booking/tickets are required.
Hands on outdoor activities:
One of the highlights of the Festival looks set to be “Flashlight”. Artists group BREAD are encouraging you to make a lantern out of one of their leaflets and then meet at Chorlton Green at 9.30 on Saturday 22nd ready to light up Chorlton.
If you’re looking for ways to occupy your children, there are lots of tempting workshops and activities. Saturday 29th will see the Friends of Beech Road Park encouraging youngsters to draw on the pavement with chalk and model with clay, from 2 -5pm. If you are feeling in need of some stress relief, the Tai Chi display going on at the same time may help to restore your equilibrium. You can even join in.
Walks and Talks
There’ll be opportunities to stretch your legs whilst getting a flavour of whats’s on offer at the festival, with 2 guided walks around Chorlton, with a focus on the area’s arts scene and the various venues being used. These take place on Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd, both at 1pm. Check the links for details of where to meet.
There’s also a “storywalk” around Chorlton meadows looking at the variety of flora and fauna to be found here. Meet at Chorlton Meadows car park, the walk starts at 1pm.
Open Air Galleries
I am loving the idea of the “Smallest Sculpture Garden in the World” – artist Bob Narcollis invites you into his back garden to view sculptures made by him and others. Check the website for the exact times that Bob will be inviting you round!
Family Friendly, Inspiring and Indoors
If you are feeling less inclined to walk around or be creative in the great outdoors, there are plenty of warm and dry options. If you have a pile of junk mail hanging around and waiting to be recycled, there are two seperate workshops which might take your fancy. Becky Waites will show you how to turn your unwanted junk mail into beautiful bunting to decorate your home. Rubbish Revamped meanwhile, will offer opportunities to make desirable items from a variety of stuff which may otherwise make its way into your bin. Fancy making a sock monster? Or turning an empty juice carton into a wallet? A chance to be both green and creative.