Saturday 16 May


Manchester Music Service String Showcase

Children from Manchester schools perform in string orchestras and string quartets that rehearse on Saturday mornings at Chorlton High School as part of the Music Service Activities Programme.

Blue Box Theatre  |  10.30am  |  Free


Coffee morning @ St Werburgh’’s

Call in for coffee and a browse round the opening of the St Werburgh’s Arts and Crafts Exhibition. The exhibition will be open each weekday from 10.30am - 4.30pm.

St Werburgh’s Church  |  10.30am – 12.30pm  |  Free


The Flick Children’s Cinema:
Wallace and Gromit - Curse of the Were Rabbit

See Flick Fim Festival

St Clement’s Church Youth Centre  |  11am – 1pm  |  £2 per child or adult



Festival Saturday Launch Event

Come and help us to celebrate the official launch of the 2009 Festival with music, dance and crafts (see below). This is an event for all the family, with food and drink, bouncy castle, face painting and live performance stage. There’s also plenty of food, with everything from sticky donuts to organic, vegetarian, Fairtrade goodies. Performers include Upasana, Hullabaloo and Hotbone, Samba Roxo and Jade’s Trick. To reflect our Special Focus on bands this year we also welcome God’s Gift, Max Watts, Dead Jazz and Them Bones.

St Clement’s Church  |  12 noon–4pm  |  Free


Arts & Crafts Market @ Festival Saturday

Take a break from the entertainment and have a wander around our fabulous arts and crafts market, showing the work of over 40 local artists. Described last year as ‘better than Christmas’, the market certainly has something for everyone and it won’t break the bank!

St Clement’s Church  |  11am–4pm  |  Free


Writing for readers of all ages with Adéle Geras

Adéle Geras has published more than 90 books. She writes for children and teenagers, and in the last six years has also produced four novels for adults, published by Orion. She will be speaking about her work, answering questions from the audience and reading from her new novel for teenagers, DIDO (David Fickling Books).

Chorlton Library meeting room   |  11.30am–1.30pm  |  Free


Claire Mooney: Singer-songwriter

‘Think Pink’ — fundraising for ‘Breakthough’, supporting women with breast cancer.

in the ‘Shed’ at Creative Recycling Gallery   |  7.30pm  |   £5
Tickets available in advance/on the door
Cakes in the Sculpture Garden



Music at Lunchtime: The Coupland Brass Quintet

Launching our Music at Lunchtime series, The Coupland Brass Quintet presents a concert of light and engaging music for Brass Quintet from the 20th Century repertoire. Formed at the University of Manchester in 2003, the quintet is in demand at many venues across the country. Today’s programme will include Brass Quintet No. 1 by Malcolm Arnold, Four Outings for Brass by Andre Previn and Summer Dances by William Mathias.

Chorlton Methodist Church  |  1–2pm  |  Free


Crystal Chords: One Voice

Back again for another sell-out show, Crystal Chords is a group of women who just can’t stop singing. Join them on a journey through love, loss, laughter and life as their rich, a cappella tones bring ballads and musicals to life in this new show for CAF 2009.

St Clement’s Church  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3


Duodecimo: Sacred and Profane

Richard McHale conducts this versatile chamber choir in a programme drawn from the church repertoire, juxtaposed with the secular. The programme includes Byrd, Stanford, madrigals and more.

St Werburgh’s Church  |  7.30pm  |  £5/£3



Northface Theatre Company: Be My Baby by Amanda Whittington

The North of England. The sixties. The swinging sixties. Mary, nineteen and expecting a baby, is sent to an institution for unmarried mothers. As she tries to make friends with the other girls, she must also face the harsh realities of coping with the decision of giving up her baby for adoption. This is a moving, often humorous and acutely written piece of drama set to a soundtrack of sixties girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes.

The Lloyds hotel (upstairs)  |  8pm  |  Free



The New Labour Club

Music, performance and other ‘art happenings’ are the USP of The New Labour Club, a bi-monthly art club launching tonight as part of the Festival. This inaugural session features post-punkers Stray Dog Café and Irk The River, alongside The Marder, fresh from recording a debut EP in Chicago with the celebrated Steve Albini. Poets, performers and artworks provide support.

The Spread Eagle (downstairs)  |  9pm  |  £4


Heritage Survival Band

A special Festival night with the enigmatic Heritage Survival Band with their own blend of Zimbabwean jive and reggae. Womad, Glastonbury and now right here in Chorlton. Great music on your doorstep.

The Lloyds hotel  |  9pm  |  Free


Late Night CAF: Mini Couscous

A mini version of Salford-based Club Couscous with Paula Darwish & The Country and Eastern Band playing music with influences from the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Paula Darwish, an Iguana regular for many years, mixes Turkish, Kurdish and Arabic folk songs with inspired lyrics in English. The band blends the drive of rock with eastern rhythms and melodies, and was recently described as "Arabic REM".

Iguana  |  9.30pm  |  Free


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