A fairy-tale panto with a Salfordian twist, the chance to film a Father’s Day message in a real TV news studio and footage of the first film appearance by comedy and singing legend George Formby are just a few of the free attractions at the University of Salford’s Create at Salford Festival this weekend (Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 June).
The Festival will showcase the talents of more than 800 final year arts and media students, with a huge range of performances and exhibitions, combining the best in student art and design, performing arts, music, computer gaming, animation, TV news broadcasting and much more.
Throughout the weekend at the University’s MediaCityUK campus, children and adults alike can record a special Father’s Day message using broadcast-standard technology which will then be shown 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 theatre performances, and a range of live music gigs in the Egg Foyer stage and outdoor Piazza
On Sunday 16 June the University’s state-of-the-art Digital Performance Lab will host a fairy-tale play with a distinctive Salford flavour. 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.
Over the weekend visitors can also watch a special presentation made by film studies students featuring archive footage from the Mancunian Film Company, which gave birth to the whole concept of Northern comedy. The Mancunian Film Fun compilation includes a scene from the first motion picture appearance by George Formby, starring alongside his wife Beryl in 1933’s Boots! Boots!; a clip of Jimmy James and Norman Evans from 1950 (cited by Les Dawson as two of his greatest influences); and a sequence from a wartime comedy starring Frank Randle, once Britain’s highest-paid comedian.
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 graduates.
Throughout the weekend a range of live demonstrations will also be open, including the chance to try out student-created computer games and 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: “We’ve turned our usual final year degree show into a fantastic free festival of the creative arts and everyone is invited.
“We’re really proud of the amazing work our students have produced and we hope as many people as possible come down to MediaCityUK and The Quays to enjoy great performances and exhibitions created by some of the best creative talent you’ll find at any university in the UK.”
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 the latest news on the Festival events, including a full programme of events, visit the Create at Salford Festival website at www.salford.ac.uk/create, follow @CreateatSalford on Twitter (hashtag #UoSCreate) or check out the Create at Salford Facebook page.