Thursday, June 21, 2007

Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (28 June - 15 July) fortunately happens to coincide with the latest summer open neck shirt on Friday 13 July - full timings of the day to follow shortly.

Personal highlights of the festival include The Blue Nile, the Festival Futures lectures, The Fall (I know I can't make it Neil) and Damon Albarn and his Monkey - sorry Damon! But there's masses more including the recently announced Festival Pavilion - so get your asses down to Mcr City Centre this summer.

The Festival Pavilion is set to become the hub of the Festival. Located at Manchester Central (formerly G-MEX and the MICC) the Pavilion will be at the epicentre of the Festival itself. It will feature a range of live music, visitors to the Pavilion can use the space to relax between shows, have something to eat or simply soak up the Festival’s ambience and energy....or just get out of the rain.

The Pavilion site will house some unique offerings; from an exclusive screening of unseen Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks footage, to multi-award winning chef Heston Blumenthal’s bespoke Festival culinary creations, to an eclectic programme of international music. Additionally, a programme of Artists in Conversation (Not Piss Artists) will take place in Manchester Central.

The Pavilion has programmed a diverse range of musicians to play lunchtime and rush hour concerts. Spanning jazz, world and classical music, the music programme picked some of the best artists from Manchester. The lunchtime concerts will run from 12.30pm – 2pm; while rush hour concerts will take place from 5pm – 7.30pm.

A wide range (so they say) of food will be available in the Pavilion.
Eyck Zimmer, National and Manchester Chef of The Year 2006, and executive chef at the 5 star Lowry Hotel, will be creating simple, classic northwest fine food, (Steak Pudding, Chips, Peas & Gravy then) in conjunction with the team led by world masterchef, Larry Serra. There will be plenty of wine, beers and spirits on site.

Multi-award winning chef Heston Blumenthal will create three chilled summer treats to be sold exclusively at the Pavilion site. Bringing Blumenthal’s innovative culinary methods to Manchester for the first time, the unique dishes have been created especially for the Festival.

The Festival will screen exclusive footage of two of the most revolutionary bands, at one of their most historic gigs – The Sex Pistols and err The Buzzcocks at The Free Trade Hall on 20th July 1976.

You don't need to be a ticket holder to enjoy the Festival Pavilion. It’s open from early until late, between Friday 29 June and Sunday 15 July. See you there....

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