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Friday 19th July 2002
Spirit of Friendship Festival reaching climax

Crowd celebrating

With the 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.

Highlights include:

Festival Live (Click here for programme)

Festival 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

Presented by 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.


The biggest 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.

Children’s 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.

Manchester Mega Mela 2002

A unique weekend-long festival of traditional and modern Asian culture including fashion shows, music and community events.

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