Ladyfest Manchester 2016

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Image courtesy of Ladyfest Manchester.

Ladyfest Manchester 2016 at Castle Hotel, Manchester 7 — 9 October 2016 Tickets from £0.00 — Book now

Ladyfest Manchester returns 7-9 October this year, bringing an eclectic lineup of live music, film, performance, art and ideas with it. Celebrating music and art created by women, this year’s festival takes place across eight venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, is mostly free and open to all genders. Ladyfest Manchester is all about fostering discussion about gender, empowering workshops and straightforward fun in the name of feminism.

Our highlights include Rise in the East, an evening of all-female DJs at Eastern Bloc, an afternoon of Feminist Workshops (including debates about women, race and resistance) and a Women in Tech event that aims to raise the visibility of women in technology during Manchester’s year as European City of Science. Practical workshops at the latter take in sound engineering, film editing, game design and coding – these sold out last year, so get booking.

Finally, Ladyfest Live is this year’s main event, with 10 acts performing across Gullivers and The Castle Hotel, showcasing some on 2016’s best female-fronted post-punk, indie pop, rock ‘n’ roll and electronic acts from Manchester and beyond. Lush.

Ladyfest Manchester 2016 at Castle Hotel, Manchester 7 — 9 October 2016 Tickets from £0.00 Book now

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Head north on Oldham Street and you’ll come across Gullivers, a ‘no gimmicks and no pretensions’ pub and gig venue.

City Centre
Blockbusters NQ

A quirky bar, paying homage to the unfortunately deceased Blockbusters video rental stores, with aptly named cocktails and a great atmosphere.

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Behind Closed Doors

A hidden den of debauchery and indulgence. A fresh take on a basement cocktail bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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Soup Kitchen is a superb communal cafe by day and an excellent live music venue by night. The perfect choice for lunch or a great night out.

Bags of Flavour

Bags of Flavour is the Northern Quarter’s answer to high end vintage with high quality exclusive garments and accessories.

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