levenshulme festival 2006

The Levenshulme Community Festival 2006

Friday 20th October to Wednesday 1st November


Award winning BBC station launch this years Levenshulme Festival

BBC Radio Manchester, the recent winner of ‘Local BBC radio station of the Year’ will help launch this years Levenshulme Festival on Friday 20 October at m19 bar, on Stockport Road in Levenshulme.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor David Sandiford

Managing Editor of BBC Radio Manchester, John Ryan, says 'We are fiercely proud of our city which is why we'redelighted to once again support the Levenshulme Festival. It's an important event in the city and the radio stations diary'.

The station’s drivetime presenter Heather Scott will be broadcasting her show live from 5.30pm.

The newly elected Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor David Sandiford will officially launch the festival in what will be one of his first official appointments as the new Lord Mayor.

The Manchester School of Samba along with Levenshulme’s ‘Mahabat Egyyptian Dance Group’ and ‘Refresh Street Theatre’ group will be providing the entertainment to get everyone ready to party.

Drivetime Presenter Heather Scott says 'Really excited to be involved in the Festival although rumours I'll be belly dancing are completely untrue!'

The event is a ticket only event because of the limited capacity of the venue, they are available from the festival office in advance by emailing info@levenshulmefestival.co.uk


bbc presenters bbc radio manchester


After the official launch M19 bar will be hosting an Acousticfest in aid of Oxfam’s national music campaign called ‘Oxjam’. The evening of Acoustic music will be hosted by the delectable Gail Sullivan from the nightime ‘Phil & Gail show’. Gail will be broadcasting part of her show live from the venue, talking to the performers and sampling some of their songs live on the radio and on the web. Artists performing on the night include one of the UK’s hottest female singer songwriter’s - ‘October’, who has already appeared on Radio 1 and all the major outdoor festivals. Other artists on the bill include Adam Kelly, Amida, Tony Reid, Dave Green, Karl Eland, Pendula, Jason Dunkerley, Redwood Thinkers and Native State.

Tickets for the ‘Oxjam’ event are a £3 donation to Oxfam and are available from m19bar or by contacting the festival office on 0161 257 2484.

Other BBC events include an outside broadcast by its new Irish community programme called ‘Irish Night’. This will be the programme’s first outside broadcast and it takes place on Monday 23 October at the Pac Music venue on Stockport Road. The evening starts at 6pm, with the live broadcast at 6.30pm. Entertainment comes from the Tara O’Carolan branch of traditional Irish musicians, Irish dancing from the Keegan Kennedy School of Irish Dancing and a whole host of special guests. Alan Keegan will host the event which also features the launch of Young, Gifted & Green’s 10th anniversary DVD. Admission is free to this event.

Talat Awan from BBC Radio Manchester’s Asian show ‘Indus’ will be interviewing people at the special ‘East meets West’ Family Fun day on Sunday 29 October at the Arcadia Sports centre. The special family focussed day features an Asian food festival, Irish music and dancing plus Eqyptian and Street dancing displays in what will be a real meeting of different cultures.

Tony Hennigan the chairperson of the festival said “We are delighted to have the BBC involved again in this years festival, which is our eight annual event. It seems to continue to grow and this year we have put together a week of ‘Half term fun for all’. The festival has over 120 Art, Dance, Food, Music, Sport & Theatre events taking place in the heart of Manchester's Creative Corridor and is one of Europe’s largest community events. The Festival kicks off on Friday 20 October and ends with a spectacular fireworks display on Wednesday 1 November.

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For more information please contact Joyce at the festival office on 0161 257 2484 or email info@levenshulmefestival.co.uk