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Festival Live 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.

Festival Live sees the city centre of Manchester come alive with large screens, street performances and events from cutting edge Manchester DJ's to traditional brass bands. The fun commences from 25 July, when the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will welcome the world to Manchester.

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 live audience of two million people.

'There will be something for everyone during Festival Live,' said Executive Producer Margaret Nuttall. 'Festival Live will welcome visitors to the City, it will animate and enhance the experience of the Games for residents, visitors, athletes and officials and create a lasting impression of fun, excitement, warmth and friendliness. Visitors to the city will have 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 Manchester's 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.'

Festival live map of Manchester - download a PDF version here

Festival Live

General Event Information - To get up-to-date information about events in each area, click on the link or scroll down the page to the relevant section.

Exchange Square - Sport and Performance - From circus training for kids and amazing performances to all the excitement of the sports finals live on big screens, Exchange Square will blend sport and entertainment as never seen before.
Special live CBBC's Xchange Roadshow on 26 July and 2 August at 17.00
10.00 - 22.00 everyday from 25 July to 4 August

Piccadilly Gardens - Sport - The Festival Live screen at Piccadilly Gardens will let you enjoy the best in sporting action from every Commonwealth Games venue. Catch your favourite sporting event - live - in Piccadilly Gardens!
10.00 - 22.00 everyday from 25 July to 4 August

Festival Live Barbirolli Square - Music - Located next to The Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Square will host lunchtime concerts reflecting the best music from the North West and from across the Commonwealth - Barbirolli Square is a must for all music lovers!
12.15 - 14.30 everyday from 29 July to 4 August

Great Northern Square - Music/Performance - 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 entertaining lunchtime concerts.
12.30 - 14.30 weekdays from 25 July to 4 August

Castlefield - Music - From midday on Saturday 3 August, 60 DJ's and 10 live acts will rock Castlefield. G Percussion, the massive music event will showcase the best in urban and dance music across five stages.
From midday, 3 August.

Cathedral Gardens - Relax/Performance - Cathedral Gardens will host strolling entertainers and the 'BUPA Body, Mind & Soul' marquees with everything from Indian head massage to a gym for the kids.
13.00 - 18.00 everyday from 25 July to 4 August.

St Ann's Square - Relax/Performance - The Manchester Evening News marquee in St Ann's Square will let you take a break, watch the action from the Games and soak up the atmosphere of the street entertainers.
10.00 - 18.00 everyday from 25 July to 4 August.

Pollard St - Stroll/Browse - The main pedestrian walkway from the City to Sport City will be alive with street entertainers and quality craft stalls.
10.00 - 19.00 everyday from 26th July to 3rd August

Festival Live

Other venues include Sportcity, city parks and Athlete's facilities.

Please note: whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information is correct and up to date, you are advised to check exact details in advance. For full Festival Live event details, lo-call 0870 2417374 or see the Manchester Evening News every day during the Games.

For information on access for disabled people please telephone the Visitor Information Line xxxx xxx xxxx

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