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Festival Pavilion stays on

The Albert Square Pavilion to continue in Albert Square for tapas and Rioja celebration

Published on July 18th 2009.

Festival Pavilion stays on

Here’s some good news from the City Council.

The Manchester International Festival Pavilion is going to stick around in Albert Square for the summer holidays. It will keep the live music coming along with food, booze and events to add to the mix. Maybe TV programmes such as the Culture Show, pictured on our homepage, will bob in.

This is good news. For several reasons.

At the same time, Albert Square and the Pavilion will host the Tapas Fantasticas. This will showcase the variety of the classic Spanish snack.

The Pavilion animates Albert Square for one thing. Without a market or event the Square can look desolate; the present arrangement with tents, cabins and those jolly deckchairs and painted benches gives it pretty life. The result of this for the Festival, as we’ve already written, is that the Pavilion has become a natural meeting point and rendezvous - and a much more comfortable one than the German Christmas market’s main tent. The Pavilion’s peak even complements the spires of the Town Hall and the Albert Memorial. It’s all been very relaxed.

With this decision we’ll have the Pavilion until at least 2 August. Its stay should then be extended further until the kids are back at school. That would make sense: and also ensure a comfortable recreation area for visiting tourists and Mancunians.

It’ll also enhance the appeal of two up-coming festivals: Manchester Jazz Festival ( 24 July – 1 August) and the Rioja region’s promotion Tapas Fantasticas (25–26 July).

The Manchester Jazz Festival is a homegrown celebration of Manchester people and music bringing good contemporary jazz to the city centre mainly at the temporary stage set up in St Ann’s Square.

At the same time, Albert Square and the Pavilion will host the Tapas Fantasticas. This will showcase the variety of the classic Spanish snack: illustrate that there's a world beyond patatas bravas.

It seems that the Pavilion area and Albert Square will remain laid-back central for at least another three weeks.

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