Festival at a glance


Now that the Festival has extended into a 10 day run we’re pretty sure you’ll find something that takes your fancy and we’ve selected our Festival Highlights to make the selection process just that little bit easier.

Our Arts in Schools programme yet again provides a week of creative experiences for our local children, enabling over 5000 to participate in the arts free of charge. Join us in the Blue Box Theatre for performances of The Tempest, the final of Chorlton Young Musician of the Year and a host of other activities during the day.

This year our Visual Arts Programme succeeds in pushing the traditional boundaries of art. It launches on Friday 15 May with preview exhibitions and our first Eco Fashion Show, produced in partnership with Oxfam. We’ve also added a second preview night on Monday 18 May just to give you time to take it all in. If you want to get creative you can paint flowerpots, watch collage demonstrations create your own Plastic Fantastic Bottle Flowers and get funky with felt. If that’s not enough, how about making environmental sculptures and paintings.

Our visual arts programme is complemented, as always, by the FLICK Children’s Cinema and the annual FLICK Film Festival, highlighting the work of our local film-makers.

In addition to our special Festival Focus, this year’s Performance Programme includes over 90 events and welcomes plenty of newcomers. Our lunchtime music series is packed with goodies, from jazz duo Mike Hall and Dan Whieldon to the energetic South African sounds of Shebeen; and our Late Night CAF events provide some smooth sounds to round off the day.

In the evening we welcome back LipService Theatre Company, mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell with a performance of Dido and Aeneas by the dynamic Manchester Consort, and give you the opportunity to sing along to one of last year’s most popular films.

If you want to learn new skills we’ve got salsa, tango, theatre improvisation and creative writing workshops, and our literature programme features more local authors than ever before. We close this year’s Festival on a real high, giving a warm Chorlton welcome to Courtney Pine and his musicians. See you at the other end!