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The Spirit of Friendship Festival has thousands of activities and events.

Listed on this page are a series of Spirit of Friendship Festival events which are open to members of the public over the next two weeks. Events marked with * are part of the cultureshock programme - visit their web site for more details www.cultureshock2002.com . So choose your events and join in the celebrations with your friends and family.

Please check back here from time to time as the list will be updated every week.


The 1st time that 4 Asian countries have been represented in the North of the UK on such a scale. This groundbreaking and truly culturally diverse programme examines artistic traditions, experiences and processes together in the context of the Spirit of Friendship Festival

Event title Event dates Region Location Event description
Shisha Bangladesh - Shikar o Phool (Roots & Blossom) *8 Jul - 14SepNorth EnglandOldham - Oldham Art GalleryThe first ever opportunity in the UK to see a representative picture of the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary visual arts practices from Bangladesh; it will also highlight how young Bangladeshi artists incorporate contemporary issues and political themes into their work. This exhibition, will present some of the most exciting recent work created by important and emerging artists from this young and fascinating country.
Shisha Sri Lanka - Crafty Thoughts*8 Jul - 14 SepNorth EnglandThe University of Liverpool Art GalleryThe 1st group exhibition in the UK of work by 8 leading contempory Sri Lankan artists. Crafty Thoughts presents a range of works that play off the provocative relationship between high and low art. Ranging from plasercine models and terracotta sculptures to photographs and textile based installations.
Shisha India - Home, Street, Shrine, Bazaar, Museum* *13 Jul - 1 SepNorth EnglandManchester - City Art GalleryThe exhibition attempts to convey something of the overwhelming visual intensity of India and show how art thrives in India's galleries, streets and daily activities of life. It will explore the blurring of visual boundaries between home-street-shrine-bazaar and museum. The toys, trinkets and utensils for sale at the bazaar, the Bollywood style billboard and the roadside photograph will all bve reconsidered as the ingredients for art. Artists whose work straddles the divide between fine and decorative art, traditional and contemporary practice, rural/tribal art and modern urban visual art will all be included.
Shisha Pakistan - Threads, Dreams, Desires *13 Jul - 15 SepNorth EnglandPreston - Harris Museum and Art GalleryRich and elaborate decorated cloth and costume is a defining characteristic of Pakistani culture. Curtains, tents, floor coverings and beddings are intrinsically connected to life cycles of birth, death, rituals and celebrations. The persistence of pattern in textile is part of the persistence of pattern in every aspect of the visual experience, from garlands, henna adornments, spangles and trimmings to laces and arabesques, each carrying meanings and messages appropriate to their function.


The biggest gathering of boats ever in Manchester. Residents, and visitors alike will be able to sample the pleasures of miles of historic and beautiful waterways. Culminating in the spectacular Waterfire finale.

Event title Event dates Region Location Event description
British Waterways Boat Arrivals6 July - 25 JulyNorth EnglandCastlefield, Piccadilly Basin, Salford KeysUp to 300 boats will arrive in the city centre during games time, the biggest gathering Manchester has ever seen on water. Arriving via Ashton, Bridgewater and Leeds/ Liverpool Canals. To celebrate and encourage the use our waterways.
Queens Baton Relay From Castlefield to Ancoats25 JulyNorth EnglandCastleField - ManchesterThe Baton will arrive and the hand over ceremony will take place with live music at Metz Bar. It then proceed along Rochdale Canal from Canal Street to Piccadilly Basin (Ancoats) on board the Community Spirit boat.
Professional, Celebrity, Community Fishing Gala6 - 11 AugNorth EnglandManchesterEast Manchester Community Cavalcade from Phillips Park to Piccadilly Basin. Waterfire finale, major fireworks, ice and water sculpture fiesta, could link volunteers to Thank You Party.
Waterfire11 AugustNorth EnglandManchester - Piccadilly Canal BasinWill attract 6000 people to British Waterways finale to their Aquafest feature to encourage the use of the regenerated inland waterways. Community event featuring performances with commonwealth theme and a firework finale.


International Festival of Rhythm presented by the Bridgewater Hall focusing on Jazz, contempory and world music.

Event title Event dates Region Location Event description
Shadow behind the Iron Sun - Evelyn Glennie *19 JulNorth EnglandManchester - Bridgewater HallSpectacular hi -tech, semi-improvised show with guest stars exploring the range of percussion instruments from around the world. Will include prize-winning instruments made by schools.
Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra/ Marsalis and Wayne Marshall, BBC Philharmonic *23 JulNorth EnglandManchester - Bridgewater HallLincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic - All Rise Gospel Choir - UK premiere, Wyton Marsalis Oratorio.
Spirit of Friendship Royal Gala Royal Gala *26 JulNorth EnglandManchester - Bridgewater HallElgar, Gershwin, Puccini, Psathas, (world premiere) more Puccini, Resphigi. The Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Evelyn Glennie, Wayne Marshall, Phillip Smith. A musical celebration to match the occasion.

English Heritage summer programme

A fun packed programme of medieval sports throughout the country. To celebrate sports from a bygone era.

Event title Event dates Region Location Event description
Grand Medieval Joust27 - 28 JulSouth EnglandSalisbury - Old Sarum CastleGo back to a time of romance, chivalry and knights in shining armour. Be entertained by musicians, fire-eaters, royal falconry and have-a-go activities - including children's junior jousting.
3 - 4 AugSouth EnglandCornwall, Falmouth - Pendennis Castle
6 - 8 Aug and 20 - 22 AugSouth EnglandIsle of Wight - Carisbrooke Castle
20 -22 AugSouth EnglandIsle of Wight - Carisbrooke Castle
Medieval Sports and Pastimes31 Jul - 1 AugSouth EnglandSomerset, Farleigh Hungerford - Farleigh Hungerford CastleJoin medieval duo Heuristics for an entertaining look at games and pastimes through the ages . Try your hand at games like Hoca, Quoits, Merrill's and Tabula, and families can take part in a tournament. Also learn about herbs, quackery and how time has been mearusred over the centuries.
10 - 11 AugNorth EnglandNorth Yorkshire - Byland Abbey
13 - 15 AugNorth EnglandNorth Yorkshire, Middleham - Middleham Castle
31 Aug - 1 SepSouth EnglandShaftesbury - Old Wadour Castle
End of Roman Age Society - The Last Gladiators!17 - 18 AugMiddle EnglandSuffolk, Framlington - Framlington CastleWatch gladiators engage in brutal combat for your entertainment and then see the surgeon go about his grisly work on the survivors. The fate of the vanquished will rest in your hands, or rather, your thumbs!
The Sport of Kings17 -18 AugSouth EnglandDevon, Okehampton - Okehampton CastleSkilled demonstrators, Raphael Falconry present awe-inspiring displays of the medieval art of falconry with magnificent birds of prey flying free. Plus tours of a period tented mews with stories and folklore surrounding the owls, hawks and falcons on display.
27 - 28 AugSouth EnglandDorset, Portland - Portland Castle

Up and coming events

Event title Event dates Region Location Event description
Spirit of Friendship Children's Artwork Competition16 Jul - 4 AugNorth EnglandThe Athletes Village. ManchesterThe children of Manchester were ask what the Commonwealth and the Spirit of Friendship meant to them and produce art work that reflected that. The finished pieces are displayed in the Athletes Village for the duration of the Games. The 2 winners will present a posy to Her Majesty Queen at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Cafe project19 Jul - 5 Aug/24 Jul - 30 JulNorth EnglandVarious but based at University of Manchester Institute of Science and TechnologyCAFE -Commonwealth Award Friendship Exchange. Bringing together young people aged 16 -25 years from 7 different Commonwealth countries. Will be hosted by 7 areas in the North West. Full range of activities planned ranging from , athletics to visits round the North West. Culminating in the Young Peoples Conference on 30 July. 24 Jul Welcome Event at Stockport Town Hall 30 Jul Spirit of Friendship Young Persons Conference in Stockport
Chandrika - Silver Ornaments of India *20 Jul - 14 SepNorth EnglandKendal - Brewery Arts CentreChandrika Silver Ornaments of India brings together for the first time rarely seen silver objects from India. The collection comprises of a stunning array of beautiful silver jewellery and other items from the Chandrika Foundation in Jaipur, India. The collection is displayed in groups based on different parts of the body and includes objects such as torques, armlets, anklets, toe rings and a highly elaborate hookah (water pipe used for smoking tobacco).
8 Ball Pool World Championships 200221 Jul - 2 AugScotlandShetland Lerwick - Clickimin Leisure ComplexOpening and closing ceremonies, event attracts over 1,000 competitors from 22 countries.
Legs on the Wall - Homeland/ Streets Ahead * * 22 -24 JulNorth EnglandManchester - City CentreEuropean Premiere. An extraordinary 40 minute show performed as an aerial ballet on the side of a 25 storey building.
Loud & Visible22 - 24 JulyNorth EnglandManchester - Hulme - Zion Arts CentreYouthArts...shock! Is a government funded initiative aimed at promoting and developing opportunities for young people to get involved in the arts. Over 500 young people aged 11 to 21 are to take part in this high profile North West event.
The Golden Brush Traditional Chinese Art Exhibition22 / 26 JulyNorth EnglandManchester - Central Hall Oldham StreetTraditional Chinese artwork.
Commonwealth Sports for Special Needs Students22 JulyNorth EnglandStockport - Woodbank StadiumSports celebrations to raise awareness of sport throughout the Commonwealth, participate in some of the more unusual Commonwealth sports. The older students will be working on the publicity of the event to give them a broader outlook on modern sport.
Salford Young Peoples University22 Jul-9 AugNorth EnglandUniversity of Salford3 themes to include science and technology/ performing arts/sports-ages 9 to 13 14-15 ages one day tour of facilities+ up to 5 days spent over the campus.
Family History Conference22 Jul - 2 AugNorth EnglandManchester - Clayton HouseMembers Library open to the public. Sessions on Manchester Heraldry and Anglo-Scottish and Irish Ancestry. A chance to trace family history.
Ma Buya24 Jul - 5 AugNorth EnglandLancashire - Clitheroe - Waddow HallSpirit of Friendship Festival Badge- Games Time Guiding Programme, Ma-Buya; Commonwealth Guiding Event including day trips to Liverpool and Chester. Waddow Hall events include canoeing and archery. Visit to Games and exploration of the Lake District.
Junior Golf Open24 - JulNorth EnglandManchester - Fairfield Golf + Sailing ClubOpen Golf tournament for all juniors up to 16 yrs. Representatives of the Commonwealth Games Team England will be present for the event and the presentation of prizes to the winners. The tournament will be aiming to promote golf and sportsmanship on a junior level throughout the Greater Manchester area
Children's Tapestry of Hope25 Jul - 4 AugNorth EnglandManchester University RefectoryThe 1st exhibition anywhere to showcase the entire tapestry. Contributed to by children nationwide.
The Trafford Queens Baton Relay Festival25 JulyNorth EnglandManchester - Trafford - Lancashire County Cricket ClubA sport, art and cultural celebration to welcome QJBR to Trafford. Texture local schools, sports activities and music. open to the public.
St Helens Show Cup Tournament26 JulyNorth EnglandSt Helens - Ruskin Leisure Sports GroundA tournament involving 6 of the Rounders League teams each representing a Commonwealth Country. Finalists will compete for the St Helen's Cup. A fancy dress parade, will immediately precede the competition which is hoping to be a great celebration for the Community. The event will raise the profile of the sport in the area as well as being a part of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games
Hull University of Sport26 Jul - AugustNorth EnglandHull Uni Sport & Fitness Centre5 weeks of summer sports camps for 11-16 yr olds to develop their skills in basketball, rugby union, baseball, cricket, tennis and hockey. Emphasis will be on improvement and sporting participation taking the themes of the Commonwealth Games.
Web Cam Link26 Jul - 4 AugNorth EnglandWarrington - Fordton Leisure CentreThe ICT Learning Centre will be available for competitors from Barbados for a web cam link up with family and friends.
Commonwealth Quiz Night26 JulNorth EnglandLeigh - Derby Room, Leigh LibraryFor a night of fun, the Derby Room is hosting a Commonwealth Quiz Night. On 26th July, teams of four can test their knowledge of all things Commonwealth to the limits. The cost is £4 per team, and the quiz begins at 7.00pm. Call to book your team in advance.
Crop Over26 - 28 JulNorth EnglandWarrington - Park Hall PyramidBased on the largest celebrated festival in Barbados. The festival will take place over three days, each day incorporating a different aspect of Barbadian culture. Visitors to the festival can expect traditional Barbadian food, dance, dress, music and culture. The festival will allow the people of Warrington and other towns to experience a true festival the Bajan way.
Encounter 200227 Jul - 3 AugNorth EnglandLiverpool - Crosby Hall, Crosby Full programme of activities available on internet www.encounter2002.co.uk These include sport/ beach party/ creative/ watersports/ shooting/ abseiling/computing/ religious, physical and mental well being.
Party In The Park27 -28 July & 3 -4 AugNorth EnglandManchester - Various LocationsFunday for the local community at local parks. Activities include sports, food and celebration. In partnership with M2002 Ltd and City Council. Free event should attract 1,000 people. Media coverage ,local newspaper and door to door.
North Commonwealth Games Umpiring Conference27-28 JulNorth EnglandManchester-Belle VueUmpiring Conference to run alongside the Manchester Commonwealth Games to bring together coaches from throughout the UK and the world to discuss, analyse and observe international umpires, their decisions and match experience
Egor Over 40`s Rugby Festival28 JulyNorth EnglandManchester - Eccles Rugby ClubThis event is for rugby playing spectators at the Commonwealth Games to meet and participate in a fun sporting Festival. All Commonwealth countries have been invited, bringing a multi-cultural emphasis to the day.
Real Cobbers30 JulNorth EnglandLeigh - Derby Room, Leigh LibraryReal Cobbers brings together the best of Commonwealth writing with complementing beers and wine on 30th July. Events begin at 7.00pm and tickets cost £2. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Coast - to - Coast Classic Car Run3 - 4 AugNorth EnglandBlackpool - Hilton Hotel / Scarborough - Ox Pasture Hall Hotel10th anniversary of coast to coast run. Around 100 classic cars will leave Hilton Hotel Blackpool and travel 180 miles on non major roads to the Ox Pasture Hotel and George and Dragon Hotel. Return journey on 4th august.
Family Sports Afternoon3 AugustNorth EnglandManchester - Platt FieldsFun family sports day organised by the local church to Celebrate the Commonwealth Games. Open to the general public and to all ages.
Barracudas3 - 4 Aug North EnglandStockton-On-TeesArtistic programme of workshops involving all age groups and sections of the Community, followed by touring Carnival with strong Caribbean influences. 100 workshops in Barrow -in- Furness. All levels and abilities.
Table Tennis Week4 - 11 AugustNationwideVarious locations across the country - Details to followNationwide series of activities to encourage and develop the sport of Table tennis through a range of locations, age groups and communities. Looking towards the Commonwealth Games where Table tennis will be featured as a sport for all with wheelchair Table tennis being included.
Barbados4 - 10 AugNorth EnglandWarrington - Sir Thomas Boteler H.S. and Victoria ParkResidents will be able to sample Bajan cooking, have a go at various crafts, learn about the Barbados environment, compete in sports competitions and round the week off with a fantastic, all singing, all dancing carnival parade. All the costumes, music and choreography created during the week.
Around the World in many ways7/14/21 & 28 AugustNorth EnglandNorthwich - The Salt MuseumCultural activities at the museum including, activity workshops, african stories, Batik writing, shadow puppetry.
Long Journey Home - Exile Displacement and Belonging8 - 10 AugMiddle EnglandNottinghamshireArt forms focusing on cultural heritage from different refugee groups within the region.
Albert Park Spirit of Friendship Festival10 AugNorth EnglandSalford - Higher Broughton - Albert ParkLocal community event to share in a festival to celebrate friendship play and sport. Commonwealth themed day filled with fun, food and festivities.
Mini Soccer Festival10 -11 AugustNorth EnglandManchester - Chorlton - Brantingham RoadThis Mini Soccer Festival will involve up 64 teams encompassing, 768 players plus spectators. Aiming to give young players aged 7 - 10 yrs old an enjoyable experience of laying small sided football where all squad members are given a defined role. Each team will represent a Commonwealth Country introduced at the Opening ceremony / community event on 10 August. Involving music, face painting, food and drink and celebrations of the diversity of the modern Commonwealth
Notting Hill Grand Costume Gala at The Royal Opera House17 AugSouth EnglandLondon - Royal Opera HouseImaginative, individual and colourful costumes from the Carnival to be seen in their entirety before the procession - climaxing at the Royal Opera House
Girls Football Fun Week19 - 23 AugNorth EnglandTBC in 3 areas of DerbyshireAimed @ girls aged 10-14yrs, they will be coached Mon to Thu then meet on Frid @ JJB Soccer Dome for fun competition & visit Derby County FC'S Stadium.
Arrowflight Have-a-go Archery Longbow Competition25 - 26 AugNorth EnglandNorth Yorkshire - Mount Grace PrioryMount Grace Priory/North Yorkshire
Barracudas26 AugSouth EnglandLondon - Notting HillArtistic programme of workshops involving all age groups and sections of the Community, followed by touring Carnival with strong Caribbean influences. 100 workshops in Barrow -in- Furness. All levels and abilities.
Barracudas13 SepNorth EnglandKendalArtistic programme of workshops involving all age groups and sections of the Community, followed by touring Carnival with strong Caribbean influences. 100 workshops in Barrow -in- Furness. All levels and abilities.

Ongoing events

Event title Event dates Region Location Event description
Tales of Power - West African Textiles23 Feb - 20 OctNorth EnglandWhitworth - Whitworth Art GalleryRitual, tradition, spirituality and magic are explored in this display of West African textiles with a difference, offering a radical retelling of Macbeth as a Yorath story of kings, war, and conflict. Tales of Power is a collaborative project between the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Arts Education Festival and The University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Common PeopleMar to AugNorth EnglandManchester, Prestwich - The PlaceInternet link up of young people across 54 nations. To compare and unite with a common community within different environments around the world
Aaron Liddard's Jazz Jam *11 Mar - 22 JulyNorth EnglandManchester - Sofa CentralIn keeping with the Commonwealth traditions of ethnic diversity and cultural richness, Aaron Liddard and his myriad of performers create an exciting blend of world music. Rooted in Black culture, yet encompassing an array of musical influences. In addition, musicians are welcome to bring along their own instruments and join in this celebration of Jazz music.
String of Pearls11 Mar - 31 DecSouth EnglandLondonFrom March to December 2002 buildings and organisations along the Thames will open themselves up to the public both physically and intellectually, mounting hundreds of special events and activities to celebrate their royal associations and explore their place in Britain's social and cultural heritage. www.stringofpearls.org.uk
Swim the Commonwealth Challenge11 Mar - 10 AugNorth EnglandBlackburn with Darwen - Pools in the areaChallenge to swim from any of the Commonwealth Games countries to Manchester before the end of the games. Includes all levels of swimmer to log their distances at pools throughout the region.
Common People *11 Mar - 31 AugNorth EnglandLiverpool - On-line On-line community broadcasting; interactive chat facilities allowing for communication across the globe. The channel goes live with vendors of The Big Issue in March, followed by Asian community groups in Bolton (April). To access and take part in the tennantspin broadcasts, go to www.superchannel.org. Select Tennantspin from the drop-down channel list. Realplayer is required to view the broadcast, and this free software can be downloaded from the site.
Moving Lives*13 Apr - 31 OctNorth EnglandManchester - The People's History MuseumMigration, work and identity in Manchester's Caribbean communities. Moving Lives uses photographs, memorabilia, recordings and films to represent aspects of the life and history of the Caribbean communities in the region. The exhibition covers a variety of topics such as carnival and music, worship, hairstyles and health, food, cooking and popular leisure activities such as dominoes.
Interface: The Men Who Knew Too Much*1 May - 31 AugNorth EnglandZion Arts CentreMelbourne's masters of precision absurdity perform both live and virtually in this bizarre journey through cyberface. The Goons meet Blade Runner and decide the future of theatre in this unorthodox tumble through web-world
Hello and Goodbye by Athol Fugard*24 May - 26 OctNorth EnglandCumbria - Theatre by the LakeIntimate, raw and powerful, Hello and Goodbye is an early work by Athol Fugard, the internationally acclaimed chronicler of South African life and this production marks the year of his 70th birthday.’ ‘57A Valley Road, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Our Commonwealth*25 May - 31 AugNorth EnglandBolton - Museum, Art Gallery & AquariumOn the Elephant's Back' is a research project looking at communities across Bolton and their ancestry and links with the Commonwealth. The stories, photographs and objects illustrate how Bolton is made from a wide diversity of communities, together celebrating Our Commonwealth!
The Wide Map of Poetry: A Commonwealth Celebration*25 May - 19 Sep North EnglandManchester - John Rylands LibraryCelebrates the achievements of a sparkling array of poets drawn from across the Commonwealth. Using unique material from the Ryland’s collection of modern literacy archives, this exhibition tells the remarkable story of how Carcanet Press, a small publishing house in the Northern City of Manchester, has listened to these voices over the past thirty years and given them a permanent life in print.
2002 A Dance Odyssey*1 Jun - 30 JulNorth EnglandBolton Town Centre, LancashireSpanning the Commonwealth cultures through the universal language of movement. 'If movement is everything then everything is dance' Over 6 months Zenithdance, funded by Artists in Schools have led workshops in five different schools studying Commonwealth dance and theatre.
Bushfire1 Jun - 24 JulNorth EnglandNewcastle and othersGiant interactive performance installation allowing exploration followed by performance including fire and water introducing themes of cataclysm and regeneration using the harsh Australian Outback as a representation.
Barracudas4 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 3 - 4 Aug, 26 Aug, 13 SepSouth EnglandLondon -QGJ ParadeArtistic programme of workshops involving all age groups and sections of the community, followed by touring Carnival with strong Caribbean influences. 100 workshops in Barrow -in- Furness. All levels and abilities.
An illustrated guide to the British Isles*14 Jun - 15 SepNorth EnglandManchester - Whitworth GalleryTravelogue focuses our attention on life in selected areas of the British Isles at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Seven artists of Commonwealth origin have been specifically commissioned to produce new work based on their experiences of different locations across the country. The artists all spent a week in their location, researching the area and meeting local people, exploring notions of place, history and identity.
Swim*15 Jun - 30 SepNorth EnglandLancashire - Turton TowerThe culture of swimming in the context of a supporting event for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. Curated by an art historian, the exhibition will treat the subject abstractly using art material to illustrate the idea but with direct reference to the history of swimming in the region via a crossover with social history material. Content: Paintings, including popularly - known iconography material involving costume, pools, the beach. Sculptural material, either idealistic or representative trophies. A certificate. Photographs, including a collection of postcards of lidos’ and pools, including a local, early 20th century video installation involving a swimmer’s movement.
Visible Cities 18 Jun - 20 AugNorth EnglandManchester - Cube, Young Person's GalleryExhibition of children's sculpture, drawings and paintings of imaginary cities displayed at a gallery of international reputation
Carnival Messiah22 Jun - 27 JulNorth EnglandLeeds - West Yorkshire PlayhouseTouring production celebrating black, white and Asian British communities in a landmark development of accessible, artistic, inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary theatre.
Turnpike Gallery - exhibition*22 Jun - 3 AugNorth EnglandZion Arts Centre, ManchesterAlia Syed’s work explores social concerns, issues of representation and fragmented narratives with experimental film printing techniques to make poetic documentaries
Recharge & Refresh Yourself1 July - 31 AugustNorth EnglandManchester - Manchester Central LibraryAll events have a commonwealth theme for stress free living. Including Positive thinking, meditation, Healing.
Understanding Asia1 July-31 AugustNorth EnglandPreston - DeepdaleInteractive game called 'Goalstriker'will be included in the exhibition of pieces from around Asia. Aimed to raise awareness of this culture and encourage groups of young people greater access to the museums resources.
Manchester Healthstart Festival1-19 JulyNorth EnglandManchester-Various PlacesRange of activities to encourage all members of the community to make steps towards a healthy lifestyle. Includes commuter challenges, heritage walk, cycle tours, health fairs and the corporate cup
Sister City Project1 Jul -11 AugMiddle EnglandStratford Upon Avon- The GalleryCelebration of Stratford's 6 sister cities across the World. Stratford in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Caribbean. Artists inc. Jen Southern [British] and Jen Hamiliton[Canada]
Multicultural Manchester6 - 31 JulyNorth EnglandManchester - Platt Fields, Cholton Park, Zion CentreManchester City Council - Economic Initiatives - Multicultural Manchester
Chester Summer Music Festival12- 27 JulyNorth EnglandChester - Five Cheshire Schools/Chester Town Square/Gateway Theatre/Grosvenor ParkTwo week festival celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Will attract 18,000 visitors. Performers include S African singer, concert, drummers, educational workshops in 5 Cheshire schools. Fireworks spectacular with c/w theme.
The Dunham Massey Maize Maze13 Jul - 15 SepNorth EnglandAltrincham - Dunham MasseyBased at redhouse farm next to Dunham Massey. The maze will be sown in the form of a grid and the design will be pegged out in the shape of the three c/w athletes. Will be grown to open in July. After closure grain will be harvested and fed to local farm animals.

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