SALC brings jazz, language, photography and poetry to 2022 Community Festival

The University of Manchester Community Festival (25 June 2022)  is a rare opportunity for the entire organisation to share, celebrate and have fun with each other and the general public, and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is throwing some amazing things at this year’s day out. 


Poetry by local school children will be on display following the success of MA and PhD student-delivered poetry clinics as part of the annual Schools Poetry Competition in partnership with Creative Manchester, the Centre for New Writing and the Great Science Share for Schools. These poems all reflect on the theme of Climate Change and capture a generation’s fears, passions and frustrations using the magic of words. 


The top 30 photos from this year’s International Photography Competition run by the Manchester China Institute in partnership with Creative Manchester and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures will have a satellite exhibition at University Place, where the public will get the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award-winning photo. This year’s theme was ‘The Feeling of Home’ and the 30 shortlisted photos were selected by a panel of expert judges for their composition and storytelling ability. 


Manchester is a city of many languages and dialects and The Linguistic Diversity Collective is inviting Community Festival attendees to explore how they use their own language by contributing to a linguistic snapshot of the city. There will be family-friendly activities for everyone to participate in which will help to paint a linguistic picture of Manchester. 


At 14.15, a jazz quintet will take to the performance area at University Place to treat attendees to some live music. The audience can listen out for some jazz standards and some improvisation from the ensemble, whose influences include Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Ari Hoenig and Jaco Pastorius. 

The Community Festival takes place on Saturday 25 June from 11.00 to 16.00 across campus, with SALC’s activities taking place at University Place (aka the Tin Can) on Oxford Road, Manchester. 

Find out more here.  

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