A quick round-up of four enjoyable shenanigans, in Manchester, in July.
This month: a colour-drenched art exhibition, the chance to get involved in Manchester’s literary feast, an ambitious theatre festival and Olympic swimming in an empty pool…
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6-29 July (free. Preview 5 July 6-9pm), Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, BLANKSPACE, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester, M15 6AW
Manchester-based artist Liz West presents her first major solo exhibition at BLANKSPACE. Chroma comprises three new site-specific works, The Visual Grey, Orange Chamber and Difference Is Important, with which West explores, “the psychological influence of colour and its affect and sensory impact upon the viewer”, by using commonplace objects found and collected from the world around us all.
More about Chroma: http://www.blankmediacollective.org/events/exhibitions/chroma
More about Liz West: http://www.liz-west.com/
2. Manchester Literature Festival volunteer evening
17 July 2012 (free), 6.30pm, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY
Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) returns to the city 8-23 October (with a Zadie Smith trailblazer event in August, thankyouverymuch!). On 17 July, find out about opportunities to get involved in this stellar event in the city’s calendar. This could include directing people to the venue, checking tickets, answering questions about events and handing out evaluation forms at the end of each event. You might also like to think about writing reviews of events for the festival blog site. I blogged last year and can vouch for this being an excellent experience. Plus, of course you get to see some of the cracking events for free.
More on the Manchester Literature Festival website: http://www.manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/
Manchester Literature Festival blog: http://manchesterliterature.blogspot.com/
3. 24:7 Theatre Festival
20-27 July (£8, £6 concessions), start times between 12.30 and 9pm, Three Minute Theatre or New Century House (times and venues different for each play)
Eight days and 10 new plays. 24:7 Theatre Festival is a delightful whirlwind of theatrical activity. With seven chances to see each play, you could – with planning – see all 10. Venues this year are Three Minute Theatre in Afflecks Palace and two stages in The Co-operative’s New Century House. A glance at the 10 PR blurbs reveals that your 24:7 experience will include one or more of the following: a monster in the park, a future in the balance, a lot of fires, turbulent lives, mental health, a chilling fairy tale, one wired teen, a rainy night in Manchester, a fresh start, or two young astronomers.
More 24:7 Theatre Festival information and tickets: http://www.247theatrefestival.co.uk/
4. Olympic Swimming Screening
28 July 2012 (free), 6-9pm, address plus postcode, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE.
What a fab idea: watch the Olympic swimming competition… in a swimming pool. No bikinis or armbands needed, this is at stunning Victoria Baths and the pool is empty. Families are particularly welcome. The free evening, is also an opportunity to explore Victoria Baths and find out about Manchester’s past Swimming Heroes. Refreshments will be available, including a pay bar.
More information on the Victoria Baths screening: http://www.victoriabaths.org.uk/visit/2012/olympic-swimming-screening/