Northern Quarter Street Party
29th April, 12-9pm.
Edge Street, Oak Street and Hare Street,
Taking the fantastic street party opportunity offered by that wedding and offering a distinctly alternative take on it, the Northern Quarter Street Party will celebrate Manchester’s cultural hub and the myriad of independent enterprises that make it the most exciting, dynamic and diverse neighbourhood to work and play in.
April 29th will see Edge Street and part of Oak Street transformed into a 1940s-style street party, with bunting, punch and Victoria sponge in abundance. Local cafes and businesses will set up stalls offering party food, cake, chocolate, vintage delights, arts and crafts and much more. A fabulous, eclectic fashion show will showcase the Northern Quarter’s finest independent designers and outlets, with many of the garments available for sale on stalls afterwards.
A swing dance lesson by the Manchester Lindyhop society is sure to get toes tapping, while a 40s-themed treasure hunt around the Northern Quarter will delight would-be sleuths. A busker’s bandstand will feature a mix of folk bands, magicians and other entertaining eccentrics; local artists will showcase their work in a series of live art performances; rumours abound of an epic sing-off between two rival barbershop choirs, while the ‘Red Arrows’ will be taking to the streets as you’ve never seen them before!
Budding cake-bakers, bunting-crafters and jam-makers are invited to enter their creations into a competition, to be judged by a very special guest. Other party plans include craft workshops, a brass band and string quartet, charity tombola, pass the parcel, black pudding hoopla and much more. As the light fades stunning visual projections will be provided by Littlestar Media and DJs including Xfm’s Gareth Brooks, Murkage Cartel and the stars of the NQ’s finest underground clubnights will keep the party going til 9pm.
“Since putting the word out two weeks ago we’ve had an unbelievable response- almost 2000 facebook fans and over 500 twitter followers and growing every day.”
The NQ Street Party looks set to be a fairly major event for the area, bringing new people to the Northern Quarter as well as getting the locals together, so there’s a great opportunity for businesses to engage with the NQ community- a community of movers, shakers and tastemakers.