The inaugural  Corridor of Light event is set to take over Oxford Road this weekend.

A plethora of brand new visual arts commissions, installations and live entertainment will lighten Manchester city centre’s Oxford Road Corridor from 6-10pm nightly.

The festival will see the world premiere of artist, writer and leader of world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment, Tim Etchells’ new neon work appearing on the bridge high above Booth Street East. Created in dialogue with the unique landscape of the Oxford Road Corridor, Etchells’ work is a playful intervention that asks us to think about language, the city and the present moment.

The event will also offer the rare opportunity to take part in an Algorave a combination of ‘algorithms’ and ‘rave’ – i.e. coding and clubbing, the opportunity to dance to alien rhythms and freaky visuals, all created from code displayed and created before your eyes. Every night during Corridor of Light, watch algorave co-founder Alex McLean and artist Antonio Roberts’ handpicked selection of pre-recorded algoraves from international coding performers, with code being written as it generates the music you hear.

Entirely free to attend, and running from 6pm to 10pm across the three nights – Corridor of Light will bring together artists, writers, students, poets, and performers, to tell their stories of Oxford Road. With a focus on language, music, light and ideas, this special series of events and experiences will bring to life the Corridor’s unique constellation of knowledge and culture, championing the area’s change-makers, both past and present.

Thu 21 Oct - Sat 23 Oct, 6-10pm, Oxford Road Corridor
Brad Lengden
Published on:
Tue 19 Oct 2021