Event being held for new public space in east Manchester

Michael Hunt

The event being held to celebrate the completion of the new outdoor public space Cutting Room Square in Ancoats in east Manchester is just over a week away.

Cutting Room Experiment, devised by event organiser Ear to the Ground, will be an afternoon of activities where every event has been created out of an idea from members of the public.

Activities will include:

  • A sing-along with Inspiral Carpets and XFM's Clint Boon
  • A space hopper race
  • Opportunities to become an author of a book
  • Opportunities to play musical statues
  • Opportunities to set off an Alka Seltzer rocket
  • A chance to break a world record with the longest conga line
  • A silent disco

These events will take place on the hour every hour on Saturday 20 June and includes the building of a model city out of cardboard with the European Architecture Students Assembly.

The event organisers are also appealing for men called Eric to come down at 6pm for the largest gathering of people with that name to celebrate Ken Loach's new film, Looking for Eric, some of which was filmed in Ancoats.

The event is being funded by North West Development Agency and New East Manchester, the public sector organisations behind Ancoats' transformation over the past ten years.

The NWDA has invested £72m into the Ancoats area of east Manchester and funded Cutting Room Square, just off Great Ancoats Street and next to St Peter's Church, as part of this investment.

The name of this newly created square in Ancoats comes from the rich heritage of the textile industry in this district in the late 18th and 19th century. The outdoor space was where large swathes of material were cut out.

The Cutting Room Experiment event will start at 12pm and finish at 10pm.

The afternoon's activities will also include the unveiling of art work by artist Dan Dubowitz at 3pm.

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