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.

Sponsored by Manchester Life.

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

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’.

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

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

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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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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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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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Candlelight Open Air: Movie Soundtracks at Hope Fest!

Enjoy some of the greatest film soundtracks like never before! Surrounded by the gentle glow of candlelight, you’ll listen to musical masterpieces created by the brilliant minds of Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, James Horner and John Williams, among others. No doubt these tracks will sound familiar, as they give life to films such as Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and Star Wars. Still, with this concert’s sublime performance and stunning atmosphere, you’ll feel as if you’re listening to them for the first time.

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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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Socially distanced & totally fetch!

Grab your girls and join the gang for a night out at Hope Fest! We’re making it happen for the huns with music, comedy, cabaret, quizzes and cocktails.

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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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For over a year, Manchester’s LGBTQ+ choir The Sunday Boys have been keeping you entertained with their digital offerings, including videos of Queen’s ‘I want to break free’, Joni Mitchell’s ‘Urge for Going’, and ‘Distant Dream’, a special collaboration with composer Finn Anderson and The Lowry.

After all this time locked down, the choir is delighted to genuinely break free and be singing live again. Expect to be taken on an eclectic choral journey from the choir’s back catalogue – with arrangements from the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Joni Mitchell and A-ha, as well as some folk and contemporary classical, plus the first live performance of Finn Anderson’s ‘Distant Dream’.

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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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Manchester ADP relaunches their ‘Scripts Aloud’ events as part of Hope Mill Theatre’s Outdoor Festival.

Reviving successful short plays from their years of play sharing, this promises to be an evening of fun, vibrant, high quality local theatre, bought to life by local creatives.

Manchester ADP share new writing by local playwrights, seeking audience feedback and development opportunities.

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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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