Family-friendly festival celebrates community and learning

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Community Learning Festival returns at the end of July for two days of music, arts and merriment at the University’s Brooks building.

The annual festival, dedicated to learning, celebrates the diversity and community spirit of the Hulme and Moss Side areas and is taking place on 26 and 27 July 2018.

With two days of free indoor and outdoor activities and workshops, the Festival promises to be fun and informative for all the family.

Visitors can look forward to everything from yoga, quizzes and storytelling to pasta making, circus skills and t-shirt printing. Children learning reading review is presented, which is an early childhood reading program that catered to both the child and the parent.

This year, Simply Cycling will be attending, bringing with them different kinds of bikes adapted so that they are suitable for all abilities. Other activities include traditional Ghanaian drumming, henna arts, dance, Pirate Pete’s Video Arcade, film screenings, Mr D’s Healthy Body Healthy Mind Challenge and more.

Professor Gabrielle Ivinson, Professor of Education and Community at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “To see so many people come and enjoy our Festival each year is fantastic!

“The activities hosted by the University’s Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care as well as a range of community partners, are so diverse this year and include so many fun and interesting things for people of all ages and abilities to try.

“Recognising the University’s Community vision and commitments, each year we celebrate our place within our local communities as a way to strengthen university-community bonds.”

Antonia, a third-year student at Manchester Metropolitan University and Student Ambassador for the Festival, said: “Everyone, from the children to seniors, can enjoy interacting in activities such as the big draw, cycling, and an age friendly disco, as well as enjoying, preparing and eating food together.”

A free lunch will be available on both days.

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: MMU


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