The 9th Eurocultured Street Festival returns to Manchester City Centre for another adrenaline shot of culture from the continent.Some of Europe’s finest visual artists, dancers, performers, musicians and bands will perform live for 2 days on 3 outdoor stages, in car parks, railway tunnels over 3 streets and in 7 on site venues underneath Oxford Road train station. The event is commended for its special atmosphere and its low entry fee making it one of the best value boutique festivals in the UK and beyond.
Highlights for the music line up for 2012 include: Caravan Palace (France), Death in Vegas, Birdy Nam Nam (France), The Japanese Popstars (Ireland), The Correspondents, The Amazing (Sweden), Errors, Jez Kerr (ex ACR), Von D (France), Prosumer (Germany), Zun Zun Egui, Zakopower (Poland), Ashley Beedle and Cherrystones.
Throughout the streets and in nooks and crannies of venues an array of street artists, graffiti artists, illustrators, fine artists and tattoo artists that will transform surfaces into new worlds. Highlights include Frau Isa (Austria), Low Bros (Germany), Matt Sewell and loads more that will be announced in due course. 2 key slots on the festival site will be filled by emerging artists from the region as we search for the next big thing in association with Eastpak.
Dance and performance also has its fair share of airtime with the Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble ‘Orlyk’, there will also be an international 2 vs 2 breakdance competition with live band Floor Rippers providing the beats in this new format that is taking the b boy world by storm. The Hooping Harlots will be showcasing their hula hoop skills throughout the site and welcome return of The Whim Wham Club, who presents ‘Sideshow Sensations’: be amazed by conjurers, contortionists and cabaret acts. There is also the not to be missed European Soul Weekender that takes over venues throughout the site with top DJs from Germany Ralf Mehnert and Marc Forrest playing alongside some of the UK’s finest selectors and collectors.
A further 100 band and DJs will play over the 2 days including Nymfo (Holland), Synkro, Indigo, Silverclub, Gypsy Hill, From the Kites of San Quentin, Skittles, Fallacy, Mark XTC, Dub Phizix, Chimpo, Fox, Broke’n’£nglish, T-Man, Chunky, Tonn Piper, The Feud, Lottery Winners, Blind Atlas, Lovely Rita (Austria), Vieka, Bwani Junction, The Slow Show, Matt Triggs, Martin Brew, Cheap Cuts, Golden Glow, Hot Beat Repeat, Mount Fabric, Hawker Reunion, City Reign, Metrodome (Jasper Rhodonite), Rich Reason, Linkwood and many many more that will be announced very soon.
The entry fee will be £20 for a 2 day ticket and £15 per day in advance. Tickets are available online via Skiddle.