title and date
25 Jul - 4 Aug
- various locations
to Manchester city centre can celebrate the Games at Festival
Live, a festival of free entertainment in the city. For
a full programme of events click
Sri Lanka - Crafty Thoughts
8 Jul - 14 Sep
University of Liverpool Art Gallery
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.
Waterways Boat Arrivals
6 July - 25 July
Piccadilly Basin, Salford Keys
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.
- Piccadilly Canal Basin
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.
- Silver Ornaments of India
20 Jul - 14 Sep
- Brewery Arts Centre
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,
Young Peoples University
22 Jul-9 Aug
themes to include science and technology/ performing arts/sports-ages
9 to 1314-15 ages one day tour of facilities+up to 5 days
spent over the campus.
26 Jul - 4 Aug
- Fordton Leisure Centre
ICT Learning Centre will be available for competitors
from Barbados for a web cam link up with family and friends.
In The Park
27 -28 July & 3 -4 Aug
- Various Locations
for the local community at local parks. Activities include
sports, food and celebration.
the Commonwealth Challenge
11 Mar - 10 Aug
with Darwen - Pools in the area
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 Men Who Knew Too Much
1 May - 31 Aug
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.
25 May - 31 Aug
- Museum, Art Gallery & Aquarium
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.
18 Jun - 20 Aug
- Cube, Young Person's Gallery
of children's sculpture, drawings and paintings of imaginary
cities displayed at a gallery of international reputation.
Dunham Massey Maize Maze
13 Jul - 15 Sep
- Dunham Massey
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. After closure
grain will be harvested and fed to local farm animals.
of Power - West African Textiles
23 Feb - 20 Oct
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.
Queen's Golden Jubilee Family Festival
- Stanley Park
family festival celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee.
The festival will include the Howard Haigh and Sounds
18-piece orchestra playing in the bandstand. There will
also be street-theatre, local bands (performing in a marquee),
participatory music workshops and taster sessions, horticultural
show, displays, activities etc.
11 Mar - 31 Dec
buildings along the river Thames in London will take part.
They will be specially lit and opened for public viewings
with some offering special Jubilee activities such as
Identity and Cricket
Apr - End of Aug
Cricket Club, Birmingham
how cricket has unified and integrated different areas
of the Commonwealth. Leading to a book and touring exhibition.
Photographer in residence Ravi Deepres