Culture brings people together. It makes cities attractive places to live, work and play. It creates positive environments. And it boosts the wellbeing of its community.
At Bruntwood, we have always believed in creating vibrant and culturally rich places for people to enjoy. As an organisation, we champion the arts and develop strong, partnerships across our cities.
It’s a busy weekend of activity for many of our cultural partners across our cities. Check out what there is to explore…
Manchester International Festival
It’s been another fantastic year for the Festival, and it’s been great to see so many people coming out to enjoy the array of different works that have been commissioned across the city. This weekend is the last weekend of Manchester International Festival, but it’s not one to be missed.
The Whitworth and Whitworth Park will play host to a live art experience, Animals of Manchester. Explore what life might be like if dogs, cows, pigeons, squirrels and other creatures lived alongside us as our peers – our companions.
If you’re looking for more to interact with, there’s also still time to visit Atmospheric Memory. Inspired by computing pioneer Charles Babbage’s 180-year-old proposal that the air is a ‘vast library’ holding every word ever spoken, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer brings Atmospheric Memory to the Science and Industry Museum to allow visitors to experience a place where you can see, hear and even touch the sounds that travel through the atmosphere.
In the final performance of DYSTOPIA987 tonight, Skepta is inviting guests to enter another world through intimate and immersive experiences. And of course, there will be a live set from the man himself.
Check out the Manchester International Festival website for more information about what’s still available to enjoy this weekend.
bluedot is a festival like no other, and this year is set to be even more special as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon. To mark the occasion, bluedot has created ‘Moonbounce’. Using the Dwingeloo Telescope in the Netherlands, bluedot is sending voice messages into space and bouncing it off the Moon. When the echo returns to earth it will be captured by the Mark II Telescope at Jodrell and played back to the audience.
As well as performances from an amazing line-up of artists, including Jarvis Cocker, John Grant, The Go! Team, New Order, and Kraftwerl, there’ll be workshops, comedy, talks, child-friendly rave and even the opportunity to have your DNA read.
Over the weekend, we have some exciting new interactive areas to explore, and we’ll be looking to encourage the love of science, arts and music that makes this festival so inspiring.
Festival of Audacity
Over in Birmingham, we’re also supporting Beatfreeks’ Festival of Audacity for the first year. This multidisciplinary festival of activist art is part of Beatfreeks ongoing programme of events.
Taking art out of its comfort zone, the festival is aiming to change how individuals and societies think, amplify unheard voices, shed light on the unseen, and turn suffering and injustice into hope and power. Most of the programme is free to young people and performances take place in civic spaces, making it as accessible and inclusive as possible.
Find out more about our partnerships and what we’re supporting here.