HOPE FEST in association with ELECTRIC PARK
16th July – 8th August 2021

We are so excited to launch a three-week festival in Ancoats this summer, HOPE FEST, with a programme of arts and cultural events from 16th July – 8th August.

The festival will take place inside a large theatre tent which will accommodate 250 capacity, based beside New Islington Tram Station (one stop from Piccadilly Station) on the junction between Pollard Street and Great Ancoats Street.

HOPE FEST, in association with Electric Park, has been made possible through collaboration and an ambition to champion the cultural arts post-covid with a unique programme of community-centric events.

The festival line up offers something for everyone including family theatre, comedy, music, plays and musical theatre as well as one off special community events.

The new pop-up summer venue will include an onsite bar and eating area, with BBQ. Offering a range of local beers and spirits and good grub!

Hope Mill Theatre are also launching a special FANCOATS scheme for local residents, offering ticket discounts and an invite to a one-off residents gathering, bringing the local community together.

Jason Manfords Comedy Club will host an evening of some of the region’s most exciting comedians.

MC – Sally-Anne Hayward
Opener – Matt Rees
Middle – James Allen
Closer – Julian Deane

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Matt and Phreds Music Sessions: Matt & Phred’s presents 5 of the outstanding bands who play at their Northern Quarter venue. From Brazilian Jazz and Pop, to Swing, to Live Looping, to full-on Funk/Soul/Hip-Hop party-starters; there’s something for everyone.

The carefully curated line-up has been selected to reflect the vast array of styles of music that Matt & Phred’s regularly and proudly showcases. With each performance boasting superb musicianship and a sound sure to leave audiences in pure admiration of the talent on-stage, these afternoon gigs are the perfect entertainment for audiences of all ages.

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The Other Guys Present: The Four Sea-sons. This award-winning act combines the iconic harmonies andunrivalled showmanship of one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s most prestigious groups, ensuring their legacy continues to live on. featuring a collection of classics such as ‘Sherry’, ‘Walk Like A Man’ and ‘Oh What a Night’.

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Your MCR will host an evening of music and interviews with celeb guests with presenters Belinda Scandal and Michelle Eagelton.

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Dog Fest: in partnership with The Barkside Manchester doggy day care, Betty and Butch doggy food and treat store and dog training company CB Dogs.

This event will be hosted by Hope Mill Theatre Patron Hayley Tamaddon and is open to owners and dogs and includes fancy dress competitions and a doggy Dj.

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Judy & Liza: Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli are back together again thanks to a sensational musical experience, Judy and Liza.

This dazzling production tells the turbulent tale of Hollywoods biggest stars against the backdrop of their infamous 1964 London Palladium concert.

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The Dolly Show: As seen on BBC ONE and voted the U.K’s no 1. Dolly Parton tribute by the Agents Association of Great Britain.

And undeniably one of the BEST Dolly impersonators you will ever see.

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Up Ere Productions: After the success of ‘Who Killed the Lollipop Man?’ UP ‘ERE are back with a brand new interactive murder mystery – this time in person and set during late 19th century Salford.

There has been a murder at Mill and it’s up to you to find out who did it!

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Entr’acte’s and Encore’s: Ever wondered how your favourite movie and theatre characters would be seen through queer eyes? Well look no further!Donna Trump, co-founder of ‘Queeriosity – Manchester’s Curious Cabaret’, presents an evening of movie and theatre icons through interpretations of drag, burlesque and performance.

Come join us for some classic staples, hidden gems and showstoppers in ways that you would never expect them in…..

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Frozen Sing-a-Long

Come and join us for a screening and sing-a-long of the iconic family film FROZEN.

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Yes Queens is interactive theatre at its best, with the audience playing a key role in a night of games, scenes, sketches and songs – all improvised from their suggestions.

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Through the Mill: Hope Mill Theatre’s annual playwriting prize which launched last year and received over 500 submissions will see the finalists come together for an evening.

The 12 finalists will share an excerpt of their pieces in front of an industry panel and mentor Jonathan Harvey, where the winning play will be announced.

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The Hope Fest Comedy Gala in association with Nodding Dog Comedy will host a line-up of comedians from across the UK including Boothby Graffoe, Elf Lyons, Mike Newall and Vince Atta

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There will be a film showing of cult classic movie, Coyote Ugly, which will offer movie goers a cocktail and the opportunity to get on those denim shorts and cowboy boots and dance.

Coyote Ugly is a 2000 American romantic musical comedy-drama film based on Coyote Ugly Saloon. Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar, comes out of her shell.

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Industry Minds Awards and Grad Fest: The previously postponed Industry Minds Awards will team up with Grad Fest to bring together a night celebrating those in the industry over the past year who have gone over and above to support the industry and artists.

Grad Fest will showcase newly graduated performers as part of the awards evening.

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A celebration of Musical Theatre: Hope Mill Theatre produces a new show celebrating the history of Musical Theatre, which will take the audience on a musical journey of song and dance. Directed by Kirk Jameson.

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