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Chorlton Festival returns

The 2011 Chorlton Arts Festival gets support from Community and Arts radio station

Published on May 12th 2011.

Chorlton Festival returns

Chorlton FM, available on 87.7FM across South Manchester, launches at 9am Monday 16 May. Broadcasting from their studio in Chorlton Precinct, the station will provide coverage of the 2011 Chorlton Arts Festival (CAF) until Sunday 29 May. 

2011 will see the busiest ever CAF presenting more than 200 events. 

Another first for the festival will see Chorlton FM host a Chorlton wide Pub Quiz. Teams in pubs and bars in the area will compete against each other to win the prize of Chorlton’s brainiest bar. 

As well as continuing to support local artists and creative thinkers in Chorlton, the festival also provides intimate settings for performers from the UK and abroad to present their work. 

Philip Hannaway, Festival Director, says ‘performers and artists from Australia and America, some of them performing in the UK for the very first time, alongside a wealth of local and regional talent’ are involved in the project.

This year CAF are working with more young people, spreading out into communities in Whalley Range, Moss Side and Hulme, and for the first time partnering with Hulme’s Zion Arts Centre. 

Another first for the festival will see Chorlton FM host a Chorlton wide Pub Quiz. Teams in pubs and bars in the area will compete against each other to win the prize of Chorlton’s brainiest bar. 

Quiz master Giles Bastow said: “I’m excited to be involved in broadcasting live to each pub in Chorlton. I’ll be asking the questions from the studio so everyone in the pub and at home can play along at the same time.”  

The quiz will take place on Sunday 29 May at 7pm and organisers already have 10 bars signed up. Plus, there’s still time for others to get involved in the giant battle of knowledge. 

The team will also bring you a mix of music and live performance created by local community groups, schools and individuals from across the area. 

Project Manager Dave Murat said: “This year’s broadcast will see the return of the best bits from last year including the live play at 1pm each weekday, and we’re delighted to have Manley Park infants and junior schools involved presenting their own shows.” 

Flashmob.jpgPoets can also get involved as Chorlton FM hosts its first Open Mic Poetry show - where anyone can come along and read their own creations or their favourite poems live on air.

Murat said: "It's a great opportunity for the local community to get involved in the Arts Festival and Chorlton's own radio station." 

Chorlton FM, which will be launched by Jonathan Darwin, can be heard from Urmston in the west to Levenshulme in the east, the City Centre in the north and Wythenshawe in the south as well as online at www.chorltonfm.com 

To get involved call 0161 408 5256 or email info@chorltonfm.com

You can follow both Chorlton Arts festival and Chorlton FM on twitter at twitter.com/chorltonarts and twitter.com/chorltonfm.


Some Festival hightlights

Wednesday 25 May, 7.30pm, St Clement's Church (£9/£6 concs)
Amazing Manchester-based jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall, back for a second year. He gets airplay on various national networks on Radio 2.

Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm, Dulcimer (free)
Flash Mob Literary Salon - the culmination of the festival's first-ever flash (and incredibly popular) fiction writing competition, with readings of the twelve shortlisted entries and a fun-filled awards ceremony. Pictured above.

Saturday 28 May, 7.30pm, St Clement's Church (£9/£6 concs)
Australian Music Prize (the equivalent of the Mercury) winners, Cloud Control, main picture here,are another headliner, with support from popular pirate-folk band The Moulettes.

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