Culture on tap
three to see in the next seven days
Friday 13 October 1995
The key to getting the most out of the festival, which boasts theatre, music, comedy, television, poetry and more, is undoubtedly to pace yourself. For example, this weekend's opening line-up is, at first sight, a tad daunting. Tonight, Reeves and Mortimer clash with Perrier Award-winner, Jenny Eclair, while festival-goers tomorrow must choose between Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-winning poet, and Runway fashion show's catwalk of international design names. To round off the weekend on Sunday, Manchester's leading nightclubs will join together for a benefit in aid of the homeless. Just one ticket will secure entry to each of the 25 participating clubs.
A strong international contingent includes Japanese drumming, in the shape of the Wadaiko Ichiro Drummers (left), the Naxi musicians from Lijiang Yunnan in China and Lokyo, a Russian gypsy band based in Dublin.
The success of the annual jamboree (this is the fourth year) is undoubtedly linked to the big-name stars, but also significant is the organisers' determination to interact with local groups. With this in mind, a number of video diaries have been commissioned to celebrate life on the streets.
As part of the festival's desire to reach the parts others can only dream of, even the city's transport system is taking centre stage: 4More is a public art event in which four artists, including Helen Chadwick no less, will daub images on the hoardings of the city's trams.
Boddingtons Manchester Festival, venues around the city, to 29 Oct. Festival hotline 0161-242 2572
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- 2 Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
- 3 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 Saudi Arabia executes 19 in one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings'
- 5 Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
YouTube video posted by Isis militants shows 'execution of 250 Syrian soldiers'
Keira Knightley topless: Usually conservative actress does own take on #Freethenipple campaign for Interview Magazine
Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
George Galloway left with severe bruising after attack in Notting Hill by man 'shouting about the Holocaust'
Brother and sister, Christopher Buckner and Timothy Savoy, arrested for 'committing incest after watching 'The Notebook''
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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