start of the Commonwealth Games less than a week away, the Spirit
of Friendship Festival is building a party atmosphere with a series
of exciting events in Greater Manchester.
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Live will see the squares of Manchester city centre come alive with
street entertainment, big screens showing all the sporting action
and a carnival atmosphere.
Pulse - International
Festival of Rhythm
the Bridgewater Hall, Pulse celebrates the rhythm of life by rejoicing
in the rhythms of the world. Running until 26 July, it includes
performances, workshops, story telling and free events. Hosted by
percussionist Evelyn Glennie and organist Wayne Marshall, Pulse
promises an array of stars from across the globe performing jazz,
orchestral and world music. The highlight of Pulse is the Spirit
of Friendship Royal Gala on 26 July when Manchester’s Halle orchestra
will be joined by soprano superstar Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to perform
pieces by Elgar, Gershwin and Puccini.
gathering of boats ever in Manchester. Aquafest is a summer of celebration
on the city’s waterways including Waterfire on 11 August, a spectacular
day of entertainment and fireworks by the canalside at Piccadilly
Basin, and a pro-celebrity fishing gala.
Tapestry of Hope
Created by 37,000
children from nursery, primary and special schools, this will be
the first time that the entire tapestry can be seen in one place.
Over 1,000 metres of individually designed squares will produce
a dazzling display of creativity on display at the Manchester University
Refectory on Oxford Road from 25 July to 4 August.
Mega Mela 2002
A unique weekend-long
festival of traditional and modern Asian culture including fashion
shows, music and community events.