We are right in the middle of the 13th annual Chorlton Arts Festival (CAF). The complete guide for the festival is here .
The festival is a showcase for local and national talent in music, comedy, visual arts, performance and more. It is spread over 30 different venues in Chorlton and goes out with a bang this Bank Holiday with the festival weekender. Here are some of my picks and recommendations for the Bank Holiday Weekender:
Starting on Friday night the festival weekender will kick-off with a range of events, none the least of which is the SoundProof Acoustic Sessions at Proof Bar on Manchester Road. Or alternatively, you have the opportunity to catch a one-off, new and exciting piece of performance created especially for CAF following a week-long intensive performance project at Chorlton High School’s Blue Box Theatre. The organisers promise that the night will be topped off with wine and strawberries.
If Friday hasn’t worn you out Saturday promises to be just as exciting, with Art in the Park in Beech Road Park offering a chance to have fun and be creative with the Friends of Beech Road Park and Community Arts. While later in the afternoon Red Deer Club at the Beagle will offer you the chance to see some music outside on the Beagle’s first ever outdoor stage alongside the Beagle’s very special BBQ. Topping off Friday night is The Jeffery Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band bringing you a brand of twisted garage-indie-folk with support coming from Misty’s Little Adventure all happening at St Clements Church on Edge Lane.
Sunday afternoon features a unique opportunity to see Lyn Fletcher, leader of Manchester’s world-famous Halle Orchestra, perform alongside two of the Halle’s principal players in the intimate set-up at St Werburgh's Church on Sunday afternoon. But if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, and the sun is shining why not get yourself on down to Chorlton Green with picnic blankets and picnic baskets. The Day on the Green will feature Mazazik Dance and Drumming with a troop fresh from Europelia International Folk Dance Festival in Marbella, followed by Jamtan African Drumming and workshops.
The weekender comes to a conclusion with headline act Toy who will be playing at St Clements Church on Edge Lane. Toy are preparing to support The Vaccines on their UK arena tour and have also secured a sought after slot at Manchester’s Parklife Festival. Manchester-based girl band Pins will be supporting Toy with their brand of New-York punk.