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Summer in the city

From MIF to wine tasting and post-Wimbledon tennis, Manchester City Council has summer covered...

Published on July 3rd 2009.

Summer in the city

Summer has officially arrived if the recent heatwave is anything to go by. But the clue isn't just in the weather. Manchester City Council has a whole wave of new Summer activities, starting this month...

You'll have the chance to taste a spectacular variety of red, white and rosé wines from Rioja’s most famous vineyards as you make your way around the wine and tapas stalls

The main event of this month is undoubtedly the Manchester International Festival which kicked off this week. Next weekend (Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July) sees The Great Indoors family show at Manchester Town Hall. As part of the Manchester International Festival, this free event will deliver two action-packed days of live events and join-in activities aimed at children (aged 3-11) and families from a host of fabulous international performers.

Those with an interest in art should also attend the opening of The Sting of Passion. Running from Saturday 11 July until Sunday 25 October, the free exhibition is a selection of twelve of Manchester’s Pre-Raphaelite paintings used to inspire 12 pieces of jewellery. The Sting is at Manchester Art Gallery and is a great opportunity to explore an area of jewellery design rarely seen in the UK.

Music and celebration also feature heavily on Manchester City Council's schedule for this month. The annual Caribbean Carnival of Manchester will bring Alexandra Park to life on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July as well as a celebration of South Asian culture by way of the Manchester Summer Mega Mela in Platt Fields Park on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July. There's also the Manchester Jazz Festival in St Ann's Square from Friday 24 July until Saturday 1 August for those wishing to discover world music on their lunch break.

Production-wise, July is a theatrical month with Feelgood Theatre Productions 'Macbeth' in Heaton Park from 15 July until 2 August (visit www.quaytickets.com for all ticket prices) and a live screening of The Royal Opera’s Barber of Seville on the big screen in Exchange Square on Wednesday 15 July at 7.30pm.

If you've ever fancied yourself as a Jilly Goolden type, take advantage of the Tapas Fantasticas Manchester in Albert Square on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July between 12-6pm. This free festival celebrates Spanish tapas and Rioja wine. You'll have the chance to taste a spectacular variety of red, white and rosé wines from Rioja’s most famous vineyards as you make your way around the wine and tapas stalls.

There are plenty of sporting events this month with the Len European Women's Water Polo Trophy at the Aquatics Centre from 6-12 July (visit www.manchester2009.com for tickets) and a post-Wimbledon stop for top tennis players from all over Europe at the Aegon Pro-Series Manchester event at The Northern in Didsbury from 11-19 July. (visit www.thenorthern.co.uk for more information).

For more information on Manchester City Council events, please click here.

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