What’s on in Manchester: 29 August – 4 September

By James Briscoe & Emma Arnold

As an eventful weekend of Manchester Pride comes to an end, many of you might be stuck for exciting things to do this week.

Well look no further because MM have it covered, and will do every week from now on, with our What’s On Guide in Manchester.

HIV Candlelit Vigil @ Sackville Gardens, Monday 29 August, 21:00

As a poignant tribute to those lost to the HIV virus, the gardens will be bathed in candle light for a minute’s silence. It is set to be a truly magical and moving atmosphere. Manchester Pride: “The Vigil is the spiritual heart of the Manchester Pride festival.”

CSS @ Manchester Club Academy, Tuesday 30 August, 19:30

After three years away, Brazilian electro-pop group CSS (Cansei der Ser Sexy) have a new album coming out and they’ll be performing at Manchester Uni’s Club Academy. Great to see the glitteringly charismatic Lady Lovefoxxx back in town.  Get your sequinned spandex at the ready.

Conan the Barbarian @ all good Manchester cinemas, released Wednesday 24 August

Conan The Barbarian: “I live. I love. I slay. I am content.”

If the trailer is anything to go by, this remake could be something special. However the reviews of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s replacement, Jason Momoa, have been far from kind. Plenty of shouting, fighting, blood and guts; one for the boys maybe.

Arcade Fire @ MEN Arena Wednesday 31st August

This seven-piece Canadian indie rock band hit Manchester this week with loyal fans flocking to the arena to hear their two number one albums and award winning songs. If you’ve never seen them live, you should definitely try and make it. They really are an amazing band to see. Great atmosphere, great music and a great sound.

Moroccan Berber Market @ St Ann’s Square, September 1 – 4

The Berber market is here for the first time giving Mancunians the chance to purchase handmade Moroccan goodies; like ceramics, tagines, grass baskets, traditional lanterns, slippers, rugs and spices.

Feel Good Festival @ The Butts, Rochdale, September 2 – 3

This FREE festival is back again and, according to its organisers, it’ll be better than ever. The line-up is strong with Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Badly Drawn Boy and Ainsley Harriott appearing. Plenty of treats for the eyes, ears and tastebuds.

N4 Loves You @ Northern Quarter, September 3 – 4

After the riots hit the streets of Manchester, the people of the city came together and fought back to show how much we all love it here. This free street party in the Northern Quarter aims to celebrate just that.

With three music stages showcasing over 30 acts, a vintage market run by Affleck’s and four pop-up bars to appear in the streets; the trendy neighbourhood will be a sea of Mancunians, all there to show their love.

WestFest 2011 @ Burton Road, West Didsbury, September 3 – 4

A two-day festival to support and celebrate everything that’s unique about West Didsbury, where local independent businesses can show off what they do best. This year, WestFest will create a beach, a seafood BBQ, a Great British Picnic, a vintage clothing fair, a TEA festival and a beautiful bridal event, to name just a few.

The Proposal @ The Lowry Theatre September 1 – 3

After his success with his previous play, Territory, Reuben Johnson reveals his new creation The Proposal – described as ‘not to be missed’ – to Mancunians this week.

As Pete prepares to propose to his girlfriend Julia, he expects today to be the happiest day of his life – however, not everything is as it seems.  With twists and turns unveiling a web of lies, deceit and misunderstanding, each character is gradually revealed for who they really are.

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