Your invitation to Salford Rediscovered: Enjoy live music, fresh street food, performances and much more!
You are invited to attend Salford Rediscovered, a celebratory closing party to mark the end of the Rediscovering Salford project featuring live music, performances, street food and much more!
On Thursday 16 June at 4.00pm-10.00pm at The Crescent, the University of Salford, Salford Culture and Place Partnership, Solid Ground, Salford City Council, Salford Museum and Art Gallery and RHS Garden Bridgewater are hosting an exciting celebration to mark the end of their city-wide project, Rediscovering Salford.
Salford Rediscovered will include music, films, tours, performances and a joy-filled celebration of the Rediscovering Salford exhibition and commissions, including a one-time-only appearance of Madam Mort, as created by drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous.
Rediscovering Salford is a programme of events which highlight and celebrate Salford’s green spaces – inspired by the launch of RHS Bridgewater gardens in May 2021.
Over 2020-2022, Rediscovering Salford animated the city with new commissions, exhibitions, workshops and events. As the project comes to a close, we want to gather to share and celebrate the project with a bang across Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Salford campus and Peel Park.
Rediscovering Salford has created fantastic engagement and original commissions with Islington Mill, Paradise Works, START Creative, The Lowry and Walk the Plank. This programme is generously supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as contributions from all the project partners.
With mouth-watering street food from GRUB, Salford Rediscovered is party for anyone and everyone in Salford to enjoy. Families can enjoy workshops and fun-for-all performances from 4.00pm-6.30pm across The Crescent with receptions, live music and a growing 'party vibe' from 7.00pm onwards.
See below for a full programme of events to look forward to and confirm your attendance today via Eventbrite
Programme of Events
- GRUB MCR Street Food Festival (4.00pm-10.00pm): Tuck into a selection of delicious local street food and drink to complement the live music playing throughout the evening.
- Coalesce Dance Theatre - The Old Green Time Machine family-friendly performance (5.30pm & 7.00pm performances): In a future where all that’s left is plastic, two quirky and intrepid adventurers find themselves on an urgent mission. It’s a shame their carbon-friendly time machine bicycle has seen better days! Combining dance, music, poetry and fun, this interactive show from Coalesce Dance is especially suitable for families, especially with children aged 3-8.
- Community Growing Space Soft Launch with Marta Strzelecka (University of Salford) and Mark Frith (Growing Togetherness) (4.15pm-6.15pm): Join the ‘soft launch’ of a new Community Growing Space on Peel Park campus – come and plant some seeds!
- Creative Workshop with Lizzie King (6.00pm-6.45pm): Take a moment to rest on the Peel Park benches and share your memories on You Belong Here artist Lizzie King’s 'Peel Park postcards'.
- Creative Workshop with Lowri Evans – what do you want to bloom? (5.00pm-7.00pm): In autumn, Lowri sat under trees in Salford as passers-by stopped and wrote what they wanted to let go of on a fallen leaf. It’s summer now and as the exhibition draws to a close, you are invited to breeze in, look forward and write what you want to bloom.
- Crescent Heritage Photo Trail: Take a glimpse into the past on the Heritage Trail through the University Campus and Peel Park. A series of QR codes reveal surprising images from the University of Salford Archives and Salford Local History Library collections, showing just how much our surroundings have changed over the years.
- Degree Show Exhibition Reception and Guided Tours (7.00pm-8.30pm with tours at 7.30pm & 8.00pm): Join a guided tour of the 2022 Degree Show, including imation, Digital Design & Fashion.
- DIY Theatre - Looking Back: Facing Forward (6.30pm performance): This original piece of promenade theatre incorporates live music, props, puppets, music and installations. Join DIY actors on a journey round Peel Park and take time with us to Look Back on Salford’s History and Look Forward to our Futures.
- Green Spaces Stories with Walk the Plank: Led by Walk the Plank and commissioned by UNBOXED festival, Green Space Dark Skies is involving thousands of people from all walks of life will become Lumenators, each carrying a light into the landscape at various outdoor venues across the UK. A critical part of Green Space Dark Skies is a citizen science project called Green Space Stories, collecting thousands of stories about people’s memorable experiences in the landscape. These stories will be gathered in an online archive that anyone will be able to access to understand our connection to the landscape.
- Live music in the Crescent Marquee and New Adelphi Atrium: Enjoy live music and DJ sets in the marquee and the New Adephi Atrium, featuring some of Salford’s fantastic music talent including DJ P-Ro Jones, Honey Bee Jazz, Katie Cheung and Lissy Nicholson.
- Ignition Creative Workshop with Gwen Riley-Jones (4.00pm-5.30pm & 6.30pm-7.30pm): Creatively explore plant-based solutions to climate change by making photographs with spinach. Come along and make your own anthotype using spinach, plants, flowers or images from University of Salford Art Collection. With artist Gwen Riley-Jones, Socially Engaged Photographer in Residence with the University of Salford Art Collection. In partnership with RHS Garden Bridgewater, Ignition and LOOK Festival / Open Eye Gallery.
- Jack Brown and Carole O’Reilly - artist and historian talk & tour (5.00pm): Join You Belong Here artist Jack Brown and parks historian Carole O'Reilly for an informal walk & talk in Peel Park exploring some of the more unusual or hidden stories, spaces and uses of our public parks.
- Local History Library & Salford Digital Archives open evening (4.00pm-6.00pm): Curious about archives and local history? Meet Salford Local History Librarian Duncan McCormick and University of Salford Archivist Alex Mitchell to find out more about their collections and the history of Peel Park, Salford Museums & Art Gallery, and the University campus.
- Multi-media installations and performances at the New Adelphi (7.00pm-8.30pm): Supported by multi-media artist and choreographer Lucie Sykes, enjoy a series of immersive performances and installations created by the University of Salford’s Multi-Media Performance students. From picnics to park benches, enjoy this playful and evocative work exploring Rediscovering Salford’s central themes.
- National Literary Trust Book bench activities and Salford Libraries Storytime (4.00pm-6.30pm, story times at 4.15pm & 5.00pm): Join Storytime Sue for stories, fun and laughter at one of the National Literacy Trust’s fabulous #SalfordBookBenches. Find out more and explore the Salford Literacy Trail this summer! Open to all and most suitable for under 8s.
- Open  exhibition preview at Salford Museum & Art Gallery: Take the opportunity to get a first look at the Open , which will open to the public on Saturday 18 June. The Open exhibition brings together artwork from artists of any age who live, work, study or were born in Salford.
- Our Park- a place of love, life and possibilities (4.00pm-7.00pm): Join residents, staff and students from Salford Loaves and Fishes and the University of Salford to explore their graphic novel, created with Ziggy’s Wish, and journeys of discovery about Peel Park and themselves. Developed with support from the Salford Advantage Fund and ESRC Festival of Social Science.
- RHS Bridgewater – VR design with University of Salford Think Tank: This virtual reality experience, made prior to construction of the gardens, showed the public just what the new gardens will look like when not only constructed, but also when a significant enough time for growing has passed. Explore the vision in virtual reality in the New Adelphi atrium.
- START Creative green woodworking demonstration (4.00pm-6.45pm): Join START Creative’s community leaders for a hands-on demonstration of green woodworking, joining us from their new base at the RHS Garden Bridgewater. Come along and have a go!
- Theirs, Yours, Ours: Exhibition and ‘Meet the Curators’ session at New Adelphi Gallery: Exhibition Theirs, Yours, Ours includes work by four University of Salford alumni artists, who all consider queer and non-binary approaches to identity. Pop into the gallery throughout the event or join an informal ’meet the curators’ at 8.00pm.
- Tour of Energy House Lab and Energy House 2.0 (4.30pm): Tour of Energy House Lab and Energy House 2.0: Meet outside Cockroft Building for a tour of both the original and the new research and testing facilities exploring low carbon solutions for housing. Presented as part of the LOOK Festival; Max 15 people – first come basis.
- The Storm Cone - artist and curator tours (5.00pm & 6.00pm): Join artist Laura Daly and Curator Lindsay Taylor for a guided tour of The Storm Cone digital artwork in Peel Park.
- You Belong Here exhibition - Curator Tours at Salford Museum & Art Gallery (4.30pm & 6.30pm): Join exhibition curator Claire Corrin for a tour of You Belong Here. Shown alongside archive material, photographs and historical artworks, the exhibition showcases work commissioned as part of Rediscovering Salford by Salford-based artists Jack Brown, Cheddar Gorgeous, Hilary Jack and Lizzie King.
- Rediscovering Salford Final Party (8.30pm-10.00pm): With DJ P-Ro Jones keeping the music soulful, Salford Rediscovered ends the evening with a knees-up in the Crescent Lawn marquee. Keep an eye out for special guests!
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