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Thousands flock to first ever Festival of Manchester

For one day only the brand new festival brought together more than sixty different community groups, with each of them showing off their own culture and traditions in a fantastic carnival of culture, colour, and creativity.

An action packed programme of free family-friendly cultural activities and performances had the crowds buzzing from midday until well after sunset.

In true festival style the park was full to bursting with an eclectic mix of the ever so slightly weird and the downright wonderful.

With bee hives full of bees as you’ve never seen them before, an allotment full of carefully tended beds of fruit and vegetable ‘babies’, pop-up chat with over the garden fence gossip, rickshaw rides, and a ‘hat’s off’ parade – the festival was a feast for the eyes at every turn.

Stunning music and dance performances from community groups representing cultures from around the globe kept the carnival atmosphere going under blue skies and the warm late summer sun.

Jet Black Dance, Colibri Mexican Folkdance, Lithuanian folk dance, Bhangrasize and plenty more kept festival-goers on their toes, trying out the moves and dancing along with them.

Music lovers were also spoilt for choice as different sounds spilled out from across the festival site. With African drummers from Amani Creative, Manchester School of Samba, Soul Beats, Backchat Brass, Baked A La Ska, and Manchester Malayalee Association’s drum ensemble the Chenda Melam demonstrating their very own unique traditional art of drumming Keralan style, the festival didn’t miss a beat.

Sports fans were well catered for too, with everything from jaw-dropping displays in BMX and Taekwondo, to try out sessions in American football, rugby, dodgeball, cricket, netball, tennis, and skateboarding.