The first-ever Corridor of Light illuminates Oxford Road

Corridor of Light is a three-night celebration of the Oxford Road Corridor through language, light and ideas.

From Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 October, Manchester Oxford Road will be adorned with a plethora of brand new visual arts commissions, installations, and live entertainment.

The 3-day event is an opportunity to discover and celebrate the new ideas, innovation and creativity of the Oxford Road Corridor. The Corridor is a partnership comprising the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester City Council, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Bruntwood, Manchester Science Partnerships, HOME, Royal Northern College of Music and representation from many of Manchester’s leading cultural institutions.

The Corridor of Light event, entirely free to attend, promises a wide variety of entertainment and showcases embodying the innovation and international spirit of Manchester. Some notable highlights include:

  • A new commission by Tim Etchells: a neon artwork on the bridge over Booth Street East, showcasing the link between two University of Manchester buildings (3 days, 6-10pm). Tim will also be joined by Sabina Sabolovic for an online conversation about the feature and how art-text can impact an urban landscape (23 October, 4-5pm. Festival of Ideas: Tim Etchells & Sabina Sabolović (oxfordroadcorridor.com))
  • ‘Move Fast and Brake Things,’ by Antonio Roberts: a vast canvas for a new video will decorate University Place, inspired by the first computer to run and store a programme, built at the University of Manchester (3 days, 6-10pm). Antonio will also join Alex McLean and others for a live, online discussion about all things algorave (21 October, 4-5pm. Festival of Ideas: Tim Etchells & Sabina Sabolović (oxfordroadcorridor.com))
  • Alight on Lemn Sissay’s poetry: BAFTA-nominated and international prize-winning writer, broadcaster and poet, Lemn Sissay OBE, will read four of his most-loved poems, with audio encounters to be discovered across the Corridor of Light. Hear Lemn read ‘It’s Time to Stellify’ and ‘Rain’ at University Place, then two untitled works in the window of Takk at Hatch (3 days, 6-10pm).

The University of Manchester President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nancy Rothwell, chairs the Oxford Road Corridor board and the University’s Director of Estates, Diana Hampson, chairs the Executive.

Diana said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in this unique collaboration with our Oxford Road Corridor partners. We hope staff, students, and visitors will take the opportunity to see our landmarks, in particular those on campus, in a new light this autumn.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase this area of Manchester and I’d like to thank all of those involved in making this festival happen.”

The full programme is available to view on the Corridor of Light website. 

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