Manchester seems to outdo itself during the Abandon Normal Devices festival as a host of locations are treated to a celebration of new cinema, digital culture and art, using unexpected platforms and spaces. Highlights include dystopian cinema in the shadow of One First Street (QPark, also open during the day, times and prices vary) and frank personal advice from teenagers (Sat 1 Sep, Number One First Street, 4.30pm, free), as well as five caravans transformed into art installations (Number One First Street, various times, free) and a rare showcase from new media maverick Jeremy Bailey, whose Master/Slave invigilator system includes free guided tours (pictured, Cornerhouse, 1-4pm, free). There are plenty of thrills available online too. One of our favourites is Happy Mondays, a number of specially commissioned animations by Rafaël Rozendaal, which appear every Monday, and draw on quotes from some of the most successful people of all time. Riffing on Napoleon Hill’s quote, ‘a goal is a dream with a deadline’, this one is particularly soothing.

Wed 29 Aug – Sun 2 Sep, times and prices vary,

Wed 29 Aug - Sun 2 Sep
Connie Witham
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Wed 29 Aug 2012