levenshulme festival 2006

The Levenshulme Community Festival 2006

Friday 20th October to Wednesday 1st November

logos festival launch night

BBC brings Rio’s Carnival Spirit to Levenshulme

manchester school of samba

This years BBC Radio Manchester sponsored Levenshulme Festival was launched on Friday 20 October with the sights and sounds of Brazil’s Rio Carnival outside m19 bar in the center of the village.

Tony Hennigan, the chairperson of the festival, and the newly elected Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor David Sandiford launched the festival live on Heather Stott’s drivetime show on BBC Radio Manchester. Other VIP guests included local MP ‘Sir Gerald Kaufman’

Sir Gerald Kauffman MP

The Manchester School of Samba took over Stockport Road with a exhilarating performance of Brazilian beats, while a Giant Fairy in the form of Alice Robinson from Refresh Theatre company spread a little touch of magic to the proceedings.

Inside the venue entertaining The Mahabat School of Egyptian dancers provided a touch of Middle Eastern culture. Also entertaining the VIP guests was acoustic singer-songwriter Adam Kelly who brought a taste of classic mancunian music to the evening.

During the evening BBC Radio Manchester’s Gail Sullivan hosted a special ‘Acousticfest’ charity concert in aid of ‘Oxfam’ in the VIP suite of M19 bar which was broadcast live. The show featured sets from David Green, October, Adam Kelly, Tony Reid, Mid Blue, Jai James, Bleeding Hands, Native State and The Rossonerri.


While over at the Pac music venue 24rockfest staged a levfest Rock showcase with sets from Reedstone Overboard, Junktion37, Private Universe, Zen Cohen & System Fault.

The night marked the launch of this year’s 12 day community celebration which continues all the way though the half term holiday finishing with a massive fireworks display and outdoor party on Wednesday 1 November.

The annual celebration of village life was launched in 1999 and is now in its eighth year, it has now grown into one of the biggest multicultural community village events in Europe. A whole host of award winning acts will appear at the event which features live Music, Sport, Comedy, Art, Food, Dance and special Children’s and Family orientated events.

Tony Hennigan the chairperson of the festival said "It is a real celebration of the areas multi-cultural community with over 120 events with something for everyone both young to enjoy during the half term holiday. The majority of the events are free and everyone in Greater Manchester and beyond is welcome at the events. A special word of thanks must go to Manchester City council and all of our sponsors who have made this celebration of village life possible."

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

bbc radio manchester