Biggest-ever Chorlton Arts Festival takes place over 12 days
Chorlton Arts Festival returns on 19 May with its busiest and most diverse programme yet. Since the Festival launched in May 2001, it has established itself as one of the most exciting multi-arts events in the north of England, with record audience figures of 27,000 in 2010. This year, artists from around the globe (including Australia, America and Germany) will join the best local, regional and national talent for 12 days of over 200 exceptional performances.
Festival Director Philip Hannaway says: “What makes Chorlton Arts Festival so special is that we work with so many local artists and community groups, while adding to the mix some of the best talent from further afield. It makes for a healthy exchange of ideas and practice.”
New music is a focus this year, with Australian band Cloud Control (28 May) and Leeds indie folksters Ellen & the Escapades (27 May) headlining. Also included in the music line-up are John Smith (21 May) and Chorlton resident Graham Massey’s band The Sisters of Transistors (29 May). Chorlton’s Blind Atlas and Manchester jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall are back for another year, and the Festival once again has a strong classical programme.
Also back, after packing out the 2010 Festival with his Ivan Brackenbury show, is comedian Tom Binns with latest creation Ian D Montford: Spirit Medium (22 May). Other comedy turns will be Dan Nightingale, Rich Wall, Red Redmond, Sam Gore and Katie Mulgrew.
New York-based dance duo Sobers & Godley will be performing in the UK for the first time at the Festival (21 May) while one of the many exciting visual arts shows taking place is the Arts Council-funded project This Way Up, developed by Bread Arts Collective, which sees large-scale artworks created by local young people placed on the top of buildings in Chorlton.
This year’s Festival features plenty of drama and literary events, including the first-ever flash fiction writing competition in the Festival’s 10-year history, Flash Mob. The shortlist will be announced on 13 May, and the winners revealed at a fun-filled awards ceremony on 26 May.
Philip says: “CAF 2011 builds on the success of previous years and is our most ambitious yet. I hope that audiences enjoy this year’s diverse programme, featuring a record number of performances from the best local, regional and international talent, right here in Chorlton.”
This year’s festival is in association with Metrolink and, for the first time, tickets are available to book online at www.wegottickets.com/chorltonartsfestival The Festival Hub will also be open for ticket sales and information in Chorlton Precinct Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm.
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2010 Chorlton Arts Festival
2010 brings the 10th Annual Chorlton Arts Festival. Although not our usual Didsbury based event, it is a grand and fantastic event worth visiting our neighbouring Chorlton for.
Chorlton Arts Festival has the guiding principle to provide a platform for local artists, to provide opportunities for local children to experience the arts and finally to provide high quality events, free of charge or for a low cost.
The 2010 Chorlton Arts Festival takes place from Thursday 20th to Sunday 30th of May 2010. You can of course view the full calendar of events on the Chorlton Arts Festival website but we can assure you it is varied, jam packed and contains everything from...
Thursday 20th May IGUANA JAM @ Iguana Bar 8PM - Free entry Jazz, soul, funk and blues jam session with Mercury Quartet. http://www.myspace.com/mercuryquartet
Friday 21st May GUIDED WALK AROUND CHORLTON @ Chorlton Green – Horse and Jockey [start] 1PM - Free entry A guided walk taking in some of the Festival venues, introducing what’s on and exploring the musical, literary and artistic heritage of Chorlton. Walk held by Blue Badge Guide Emma Fox
and all that's in between.
The festival includes over 90 performances and 22 visual art events. You can download a brochure or pick up a none digital brochure at the Hub in Chorlton, which is open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm.
For tickets: 07794 860 305 firstname.lastname@example.org
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