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Join Sky for the uk’s biggest free entertainment festival!

The biggest free entertainment event Manchester has ever seen hits the city soon! Sky Festival will be taking place in Manchester from 11th to 13th August with 31 channels hosting 36 exciting events in the heart of the city centre.

Published on July 21st 2006.

Join Sky for the uk’s biggest free entertainment festival!

Go online now for information on the biggest free entertainment event Manchester has ever seen! Sky Festival will be taking place in Manchester from 11th to 13th August with 31 channels hosting 36 exciting events in the heart of the city centre. Join in with the action and click on Sky Festival’s website www.skyfestival.co.uk.

All events for Sky Festival are free but for about a third of the events you will need to make sure you have a ticket as there are limited seats available due to venue restrictions. Simply go online to www.skyfestival.co.uk and click on the event you would like a ticket for, follow the easy step by step instructions and the tickets will be delivered to your doorstep. Alternatively you can collect your tickets from the Sky Festival information point which will be constructed in Albert Square one week before Sky Festival.

Culture, Food & News
Join Sky News for the chance to read the headlines at Piccadilly Station. Stroll to Sky Travel’s Caribbean beach café at Albert Square where you can enjoy a soothing head massage, or absorb yourself in all things French with TV5 Monde at the Alliance FranVaise de Manchester. UKTV Food is in Piccadilly Gardens, where Brian Turner will create some tasty nosh from Manchester’s farmers market. Budding singers, actors and dancers make your way to the Lowry where Artsworld will be hosting workshops by English National Opera, English National Ballet, and The Chicken Shed Theatre Company, along with a performance by English National Opera’s Young Singers and English National Ballet. And finally, Star Plus presents a South Asian spectacular at The Bridgewater Hall, with the finest in Star artists, dance and performances.

Ticketed events:

  • Artsworld – All singing, all dancing and all acting workshops with English National Opera, English National Ballet and Chicken Shed Theatre Company
  • Artsworld – A special performance by English National Ballet and English National Opera’s Young Singers
  • Star Plus – Celebration – dance workshops & celebration performances

If you are just as mad about films as we are, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen at Sky Festival. Sky Movies is at the AMC Cinema in the Great Northern Centre celebrating the magic of movies with free screenings of a selection of their favourite films and a special opening night reception set to bring movie magic to life. To celebrate TCM's Summer Under the Stars Season, airing on the channel this August, TCM presents classic films voted for by the people of Manchester in the stylish surroundings of Deansgate's Revolution bar. There will also be a film memorabilia and poster show and you can win some film-fantastic goodies in the TCM film quiz.
Ticketed events:

  • Sky Movies – Free film

Come and join Cartoon Network, Playhouse Disney and Nick Jr. for a fun packed weekend of activities. Join in with Nick Jr. and treat the kids to a great family day out in Cathedral Gardens with a fantastic interactive show featuring LazyTown. Cartoon Network will be hosting a toon party in Piccadilly Gardens where you can hang out with all your favourite stars including Scooby-Doo and Mac and Bloo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Come along to the Trafford Centre and enchant your kids with the chance to meet characters from Playhouse Disney and to listen to one of the Disney Princesses reading their story in the magic Disney Playhouse garden.

Ticketed events:

  • Nick Jr’s Day Out starring LazyTown

Do the science your teachers are too scared to show you as Sky One’s award-winning Brainiac presents the weird and wonderful at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, including Jon Tickle attempting to walk on custard. Walk into another world with National Geographic Channel at the Arndale Centre as you journey through the air, water and tomb zones, and have the chance to meet live animals in the jungle zone. Discover how to unlock the real stories within your home, in association with the great new History Channel show, ‘Hidden House History’ . Celebrate great British engineering icons from Discovery Channel's new series Industrial Revelations at the Trafford Centre. Fancy making a film about Manchester? Come to the International Media Centre and hear Community Channel tell you how to shoot a great documentary that could be screened on the channel, plus at Cathedral Gardens learn how to get involved with your local community in Manchester. Plus, mystery and murder come to life with Crime & Investigation Network at the Midland Hotel – turn super sleuth and see if you can crack the crime

Ticketed events:

  • Community Channel – calling all filmmakers
  • Crime Investigation Network – Murder Mystery evening

Sport & activity
Be inspired by The Sky Sports Trophy Room in the Town Hall with a collection of some of the world’s top sporting trophies, bowl yourself over to Castlefield Arena as Sky Sports brings you the NatWest Cricket Roadshow. Enjoy the thrills of the casino and bid in Vegas auctions with Sky Vegas at Hotel Rossetti. Living for Sport presents Dame Kelly Holmes and a street dance spectacular, and for the true footy nut, join the ESPN Classic penalty shoot-out at the Sports Café or head for Old Trafford with MUTV and Man Utd Soccer Schools to sharpen your overall footie skills. Inspired by the Tour de France, Manchester will be hosting a “Tour de Manchester” – a fab cycle ride round the city with Eurosport. It’s thrills and spills all the way with FX and their Sharp Shooting event at Trafford Centre . Finally, taste the adrenalin rush as Sky Sports brings A1 Grand Prix to the city where you can tour a racing paddock and be a part of the A1 Grand Prix parade as the cars come to the streets of Manchester.

Ticketed events:

  • British Eurosport – Tour de Manchester
  • ESPN – Legends Q&A Session and Dead Good Sports Quiz
  • FX – Sharp shooter
  • Sky Sports – Trophy room
  • Sky Vegas- Vegas Night

Style, music & variety
Re-visit the 80s with a Bullseye revival brought to you by Challenge TV, at The Fat Cat café bar. Glam-up Hollywood style at Triangle Shopping Centre with E! Entertainment’s Red Carpet Experience. Hosted by Lisa Snowdon, LIVINGtv invite you to strut your stuff on the catwalk and if our talent scouts think you've got what it takes, a modelling contract could be yours. If you’ve got the gift of the gab, try out Paramount Comedy’s creative comic workshop and you can win a stand-up slot in the Frog and Bucket alongside some of the world’s top comedians. If you love music join Tim Westwood at MTV’s Pimp My Ride Party for a great night out, plus Vh1 presents the most exclusive, intimate live gig with the name of the act being kept secret until just a few weeks before the festival- one not to be missed. For a more out-of-this-world experience, venture on a simulator ride through space with the SCI FI Channel in Great Northern Square. If you just want to relax, lavish yourself with The Biography Channel’s Celebrity Sanctuary at the Manchester’s Central College of Health and Beauty.

Ticketed events:

  • Challenge – Bullseye, it’s super, smashing, great
  • MTV – Pimp My Ride Party
  • The Biography Channel – Your Very Own Celebrity Sanctuary
  • Paramount Comedy – The World Stands Up
  • VH1 Live – Artist to be Announced

Those events that are not ticketed, people are free to turn up on the day to and just join in!

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