Festival fever to grip Friendly Games
Visitors to Manchester city centre are invited to celebrate the Games this summer with Festival Live, a festival of free entertainment in the city brought by Manchester City Council and Manchester 2002, the organisers of the XVII Commonwealth Games.
Don't miss Festival Live in and around Manchester
Festival Live sees the city centre of Manchester come alive with large screens, street performances and events from cutting edge Manchester DJs to traditional brass bands. The fun commences from 25 July, when the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will welcome the world to Manchester.
From tomorrow, 16 venues will be bursting with fun and excitement as 40 live acts perform in the city each day. Over 180 hours of live sport will be shown on big screens and 275 hours of entertainment will be put on for an estimated audience of 2 million people.
"There will be something for everyone during Festival Live," said executive producer Margaret Nuttall. "We are providing visitors to the city every opportunity to join in and have some fun - whether it be catching their favourite sporting event on our live screens, relaxing to the strains of the finest music, partying to the best of urban and dance music or enjoying our live circus acts."
"We really want to extend Manchesterís Commonwealth Games celebrations from the sporting venues and bring them into the streets so that everyone can get into the spirit of the Games this summer."
From 25 July to 4 August, Festival Live Sites include:
Exchange Square: Sport and Performances
Piccadilly Gardens: Sports
Barbirolli Square: Music - Bollywood to brass bands.
Great Northern Square: Music - Samba to Jazz.
Castlefield: Music - G Percussion showcasing the best in urban and dance music
Cathedral Gardens: Relax and Performance
St Annís Square: Relax and Performance
Pollard St: Stroll and Browse.
Festival Live sites
Exchange Square - Sport and Performance. From circus training for kids, to live nightly sports finals on a Festival Live big screen, Exchange Square will host the most exciting and dynamic entertainment from the Commonwealth and from the Commonwealth Games.
10.00 - 22.00 everyday, from 25 July to 4 August
Piccadilly Gardens - Sport. The Festival Live screen at Piccadilly Gardens will allow everybody in Manchester City Centre to enjoy the best in live sporting action from all of the Commonwealth Games venues. From swimming at the Aquatics Centre to the gymnastics at G Mex, everyone will have an opportunity to catch their favourite event with the Piccadilly Gardens Festival Live screen.
10.00 - 22.00 everyday, from 25 July to 4 August
Barbirolli Square - Music. Conveniently located for The Bridgewater Hall, Festival Live at Barbirolli Square will host a series of lunchtime concerts that will reflect the best music from the North West and from across the Commonwealth. From the exciting spectacle of the Bollywood Brass Band to the more relaxing strains of some of the finest brass that the North West has to offer, Barbirolli Square will be a must for all music lovers!
12.30 - 14.30 everyday from 29 July to 4 August
Great Northern Square - Music. Every lunchtime of the Games, come and relax in Great Northern Square and enjoy exotic and relaxing entertainment. Festival Live at Great Northern Square will showcase everything from samba to jazz in a series of lunchtime concerts.
12.30 - 14.30 weekdays, from 25 July to 4 August
Castlefield - Music. G Percussion will take over Castlefield as part of Festival Live on Saturday 3rd August. This massive event (40,000 people visited the last one in 2000) showcases the best in urban and dance music, with 60 DJs and 15 live performances. A full line up for G Percussion will be announced at the end of July.
From midday, 3 August
Cathedral Gardens - Relax and Performance. At Cathedral Gardens, BUPA will be providing Manchester visitors with the opportunity to indulge the mind, body and spirit with a series of marquees featuring everything from Indian head massage to a gym for the kids.
Cathedral Gardens will also be visited by strolling entertainers and feature performances for the ten days of the Games.
13.00 - 18.00 everyday, from 25 July to 4 August
St Annís Square - Relax and Performance. The Manchester Evening News will provide an outdoor cafť in St Annís Square, where you will be able to take a break from shopping or work and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy strolling performers and lunchtime entertainment.
10.00 - 18.00 everyday from 25 July to 4 August
Pollard St - Stroll and Browse. The main canalside walkway from the City Centre to Sportcity will be home to the regionís best arts and crafts stalls together with the delicious smells, tastes and textures of the North Westís Famous Farmerís Market.
10.00 - 19.00 - everyday from 26 July to 3 August.
You can view more details in the festival section