Students take over MediaCityUK and the Quays with free festival of creativity

Friday 24 May 2013

The University of Salford is inviting the local community to experience amazing exhibitions and exciting performances as students bring a free festival of creativity to MediaCityUK and Salford Quays.

Open to the public over the weekend of 15-16 June, the Create at Salford Festival will showcase the talents of 800 final year arts and media students, with a huge range of attractions on offer, combining the best in student art and design, performing arts, music, computer gaming, animation, TV news broadcasting and much more.

At IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, on Saturday 15 June, follow the stories of three real GI brides brought to life by performance students, enjoy a 1940s-style swing band and jive, or enter ‘The Bunker’, where visitors will be challenged to help save humanity from the end of the world. The following day the museum will host war-themed electro-acoustic concerts by music students.

At the University’s MediaCityUK campus, on the Saturday and Sunday children and adults alike can try their hand at being a newsreader using broadcast-standard technology in the student-run Quays TV News studio, and record a special Father’s Day message to be broadcast on the big screen in the ground floor foyer. The public can also enjoy a tour of the building’s cutting-edge facilities through playful, unexpected ‘pop-up’ student performances, and a range of live music gigs from the Egg Foyer stage.

On Sunday 16 June the University’s state-of-the-art Digital Performance Lab will host a fairy tale play with a Salford spin. The Very, Very, Very Sleepy Princess is a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty written, produced and performed by the Scallywags Children’s Theatre Company, a group of second year performance students.

Throughout the weekend a range of demonstrations will be open, including the chance to play student-created computer games and try out Wallace & Gromit-style stop motion animation, while visitors can experience a range of exhibitions showing some of the best work from art and design students, covering visual arts, photography, fashion, graphic and interior design among many other courses.

The MediaCityUK Open Centre will be the venue for further live music shows by students, and open-air performances are also planned in the MediaCityUK piazza and gardens.

Professor Allan Walker, Head of the School of Arts & Media, said: “This festival represents a significant investment by the University and provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the exceptional talents of the students who are graduating from the School this year.

“This event is the highlight of our academic calendar and its innovative format over five days at the Media City Campus means that we will be presenting an exciting range of specially commissioned pieces, live music and one-off performances alongside the static exhibition work.

“It promises to be a spectacular few days and we look forward to welcoming the public over the weekend of 15-16 June.”

The Create at Salford Festival is open to the public on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, and takes place at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2HE; IWM North, Trafford Wharf Road, The Quays, Manchester, M17 1TZ; and the Open Centre, MediaCityUK, Salford.

For further information, and the latest news on Festival events, visit the Create at Salford Festival website at, follow @CreateatSalford on Twitter (hashtag #UoSCreate) or check out the Create at Salford Facebook page.