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Manchester Camerata celebrates its new 24/25 Season at a public party for all on Friday June 21st when it joins forces with Cloudwater Brewery for the very first time to launch their unique collaborative brew – “Support Your Local Orchestra”. United in their mutual love for innovation, community and music, and their equally relentless pursuit of elevating quality – both Manchester Camerata and Cloudwater make the perfect team, coming together to create this unique mouth-watering beer, launching Camerata’s new Season.

Cloudwater and Manchester Camerata invite members of the public to grab their free entry tickets to this exciting Season and Beer launch at Cloudwater Brewery in Piccadilly, Manchester for an evening of music, mirth and of course beer. Whilst sampling this brand-new pale ale, Manchester Camerata CEO Bob Riley will launch the orchestra’s equally exciting and tasty 24/25 season. The evening will also feature performances from a Camerata ensemble, as well as from their latest cohort of Camerata 360° Ruth Sutton Fellows.

Each can of “Support Your Local Orchestra” will be adorned with images of Manchester Camerata musicians mid-performance. Accompanying text will explain the reason behind this exciting new collaboration - born out of the shared desire to spread the word that orchestras are a vital part of our cultural heritage, providing entertainment and community support to countless people nationwide. Where better to spread this message, than on a much-loved drink produced by one of the UK’s leading craft-beer brewers. Following this joint launch in June, cans will be available to purchase at around 200 bars, shops, pubs and venues across the UK.

Clara Marshall Cawley, Head of Artistic Planning at Manchester Camerata comments: “This project was born out of a conversation with Cloudwater after their Director Paul Jones attended our Music for 18 Musicians and Space Afrika show. They are a fantastic brewery at the forefront of the UK’s craft beer scene. Their openness and willingness to collaborate with other forward-thinking organisations across Manchester is incredible and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with them on this project. As this beer collaboration will have a national release, going into around 200 venues, pubs and shops up and down the country, we thought it was a great opportunity to draw attention to the fantastic work that all Orchestras do across the UK, not just

here in Manchester. Manchester Camerata believes that everybody's lives should be elevated and enhanced by exceptional music. Shining a light on what we do, both on and off the stage, on the back of a beer can to a national audience, is such wonderful and super exciting opportunity for us. “

Cloudwater CEO Paul Jones comments: “Manchester Camerata is a phenomenal organisation, relentlessly pushing forward what it means to be modern world class orchestra. Cloudwater has always been a culturally aware and active organisation, supporting many organisations across the cultural sector. Collaborating with one of the City's finest ensembles is a total dream. Their progressive and open attitude is a perfect fit for us here, and we're delighted to highlight the fantastic work they are doing alongside countless other orchestras across the UK.”

A free event

Party starts at 7, performances from 7:30.

Programme - Sets from Camerata Musicians + our Camerata 360° Ruth Sutton Fellows

Camerata DJ’s



MUBI FEST at Aviva Studios - A weekend of contemporary culture, with great cinema at the heart of it.

Preview by Steve Cooke

MUBI FEST at Aviva Studios will be a weekend of contemporary culture, with great cinema at the heart of it.

A great opportunity to discover incredible art, food, and games. Meet good people. Hear interesting talks. Dance to DJs till late. And watch the best movies.

MUBI is a streaming platform and distributor that hand-picks and shares the very best movies with people in innovative new ways.

Book now for MUBI FEST Hall screenings with director Q&As.


12 JUL 2024

Experience the opening night of MUBI FEST with a preview of the award-winning Crossing, followed by a Q&A with director Levan Akin (And Then We Danced).

Crossing is a moving and tender tale of identity, acceptance and unlikely connection that transcends borders and generations. Lia, a retired school teacher living in Georgia, crosses the border to Turkey to reconnect with her estranged niece Tekla, who left Georgia after transitioning. Accompanied by a young neighbour Achi, the unlikely pair explore the hidden depths of Istanbul with the help of trans lawyer and activist Evrim.

Crossing premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Teddy Award, the top prize for an LGBT film, and received its UK premiere at BFI Flare 2024. The film releases in cinemas nationwide from July 19.

For ticketing and box office related enquiries, please contact or call 0333 322 8679 (phone lines are open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm).

The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JG

Standard and Earlybird: £8

Suitable for ages 15+

Running time: Film: 1h 39 mins + Q&A: 30 mins

Accessibility features available for this event: Captioning Wheelchair Access


13 JUL 2024

As part of MUBI FEST, a special screening of the joyous cinematic road trip Gasoline Rainbow, followed by a Q&A with directors Ross Brothers (Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets), flying in from New Orleans.

A wild and true coming-of-age story, Gasoline Rainbow centres on five teenagers from inland Oregon, who pile into a van, on a mission to reach the Pacific coast five hundred miles away. Through desert wilderness, industrial backwaters and city streets, they find community and discover their lives will be determined by the trails they blaze themselves.

The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JG


Standard and Earlybird: £8

Suitable for ages 15+

Running time: Film: 1h 40 mins + Q&A: 30 mins

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access


13 JUL 2024

A preview of the playful and poignant In Camera, followed by a Q&A from the film’s writer-director, Manchester’s own Naqqash Khalid.

Shot in Manchester, In Camera stars Nabhaan Rizwan as Aden, a British-Asian twenty-something with dreams of becoming a successful actor. But the nightmarish grind of the audition process and an industry rife with prejudice and hypocrisy begins to take its toll. Aden’s flatmate, junior doctor Bo (Rory Fleck Byrne) is also stressed to the point of burnout. But when confident newcomer Conrad (Amir El-Masry) moves in, his unusual world view inspires Aden to find a new part to play.

Candid and acidly funny, with an unsettling eye for the warped and bizarre, this striking debut satirises not just showbiz but also the absurdities of modern British life, with a supple central performance from rising star Rizwan, and music by Clark.

This is the debut feature from Manchester’s own Naqqash Khalid, who was a Factory International Creative Fellow 2019 and a Screen Star of Tomorrow 2020.

The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JG


Standard and Earlybird: £8

Suitable for ages 15+

Running time: Film: 1h 36 mins + Q&A: 30 mins

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

To book access tickets and personal assistant tickets please call 0161 817 4531 (Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm) or email

Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ




Saturday 22 June 2024

Little Glastonboro 2024

A music festival based in the village of Littleborough, featuring up-and-coming artists, top tribute acts, local bands and community groups.

The festival has 2 stages meaning you can enjoy a constant supply of top-class music!

This year there is a special guest from the dance music scene headlining the festival that will have you moving and grooving. Ultrabeat!


Stax of Soul

The Madchester Experience

Kings of Rock by Thunder Hammer

Jackson Kay Band

Girlz World (tribute to Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry & Lady Gaga)

The kid's zone will include, magic & kids comedy shows with Steve Royle, Sublime Science and Emma's Crazy Creatures. There will be bouncy castles, face painting and much more!

There will also be a food village which will consist of top local food vendors keeping all the hungry festival-goers happy throughout the day: Bombay Brew, El Fuego, Tortas De Pingino, Phow, Qurik Catering Van, Tony's Ice Cream Van and Benjamin's Italian.

Adult ticket, £30.00

Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children), £70

Child's ticket (age 6-15), £10

Children 5 and under go free

All ticket prices include a booking fee.

1pm - 10pm

Littleborough Cricket Club, Denhurst Road, Littleborough OL15 9LD


Saturday 22 June 2024

Carnaby Street

Carnaby School of Dance are back with one of their ever-popular Shows,

This year with dances to hits from the 60’s and 70’s.

With a plethora of Group Dances and Solos/Duets/Trios to tracks that were popular in the swinging 60’s and 70’s, the Carnaby Dancers are back for their annual Show and as ever… out in full force!

£16pp (No Concessions)

Phone: Laura Carnaby 07793 555859

2.30pm & 6.30pm

Middleton Arena, Lance Corporal Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton, Manchester M24 1AG


Wednesday 26 June 2024

Rochdale Photographic Society

Tonight's session - landscape competition.

We meet every Wednesday at Rochdale Unitarian Church, starting at 7.30pm prompt (doors open from 7.15pm). The door is kept locked so please ring the bell on arrival.

If you would like to see the club for yourself and meet our members, you are welcome to attend as our guest for up to 3 weeks before committing to membership. Annual subscription is £36 for single or £46 for joint membership.

A weekly room fee of £2.50 is also payable on arrival at the meeting. Refreshments are 50p.

Doors open 7.15pm, 7.30pm start

Rochdale Unitarian Church, Clover Street, Rochdale OL12 6TP


Wednesday 26 June 2024

Toad Lane Concerts - Rochdale's Weekly Music at Lunchtime

This week we have The Silja Trio George Bloomfield violin, Cillian Hennessey cello & Hanna Csermely piano (all RNCM)

The concert series has been held at St Mary’s since 2001 and was granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020… during the pandemic!

Running every Wednesday, Music at Lunchtime is a weekly live classical music concert series that has been going since the 1960s. The sessions were initially run at the old Rochdale Art Gallery by the local authority, but since May 2001 have been run by volunteer-enthusiasts and artistic director, Dr Joe Dawson.


Phone: Dr Joe Dawson 01706 648872

Doors open 12noon, concert starts 12.30pm - 1.30pm

St Mary in the Baum, Toad Lane/St Mary's Gate, Rochdale OL16 1DZ




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