A brand new festival dedicated to the joy of free time is coming to Salford this year, offering an eclectic programme that spans sports, music, comedy, theatre, dance, workshops, talks, food, wellness and more.

We Invented the Weekend will take place on Sat 10 Sep & Sun 11 Sep, and will be completely free to attend. From water sports on the canal, community feasts and dance performances, to planting workshops and vintage markets, there’ll be something to cater for all tastes and hobbies.

Visitors will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partake in a large-scale performance led by the BBC Philharmonic that will celebrate the illustrious history of MediaCity and Salford Quays.

The piece will be composed by, Artistic Director of The Sunday Boys – Manchester’s LBTQ+ low voice choir, Michael Betteridge, and performed alongside the BBC Philharmonic in the MediaCity Piazza during the festival and will form one of key parts of the festival programme.

There is a maximum number of places and if more entries are received than can be accommodated, places will be allocated by a random draw on 1st August 2022, and successful participants will be notified by 8th August, 2022.

To take part, you must be available to rehearse from 10am – 12pm on the day of the performance (Saturday 10th and/or Sunday 11th September) with the live performance taking place from 12.30 – 1pm. The performance will be recorded and may be broadcast.

To apply to take part in The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic, click here and select whether you will be playing an instrument or singing and whether you’re available to take part in the Saturday or Sunday performance, or both.

Sat 10 Sep - Sun 11 Sep,
MediaCityUK, Salford Quays
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 1 Jul 2022