Bluedot Festival celebrates sounds, science and sustainability

Manchester University’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, the site of many scientific discoveries which has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will once again host the award-winning Bluedot Festival of discovery this weekend. Proceedings kick off in spectacular fashion on Thursday 19 July when the Halle Orchestra perform ‘The Blue Planet in Concert’, a special […]

Manchester bands rock German festival in intergalactic style

The long-standing, alternative, anti-capitalist and strongly anti-fascist Fusion Festival was this year graced by storming sets from two of Manchester’s most beloved underground electronic music bands. Held on a former soviet air base in Lärz, North East Germany, Fusion Festival is billed as four days of ‘holiday communism’. With a strong ethos of diversity and inclusion, […]

The Spider’s Web – how Britain helps the wealthy avoid tax globally

‘The Spiders Web: Britain’s Second Empire’ documents Britain’s central role in creating and orchestrating a web of offshore tax havens that help the rich and powerful across the world, avoid their obligations to society, to build up ever greater piles of wealth in companies incorporated in British Crown Dependencies such as Jersey, or Overseas Territories […]

The people of Manchester Day 2018

On Sunday, people from across Manchester saw the city celebrated through a day of art, music, food and fun. Manchester Day 2018 was the perfect picture of the city’s great talent, overwhelming creativity and diverse cultures. Once again Manchester stood together, crowding the city centre streets to get a glance of the loud and colourful parade. […]

Happy Days Review: What’s it all mean? What’s it meant to mean?

Sarah Frankcom directs Samuel Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester   Winnie Maxine Peake plays Winnie, a woman in something of a predicament, but determined not to let it get her down. Winnie is buried in the ground up to her waist, yet for her this is all a perfectly normal aspect of every day. The same […]

Consent To Entertainment: The Newspaper Boy

It probably says a lot about the kind of theatre I’m accustomed to that I was initially disappointed by the lack of soliloquies and arty shouting. After some adjustment, it turns out that well-drawn characters struggling relatably against society’s pettiness and cruelty, speaking from the heart with witty, unpretentious dialogue, against a backdrop of impeccable […]

Kinofilm Festival shorts are expanding the boundaries of cinema

The Meteor has been in attendance for every step of the short films and animation Kinofilm Festival. The films may be short, but they are packed full of quality cinematography, acting, production techniques and exceptionally creative story telling you would struggle to find in the comparatively straight jacketed world of long form cinema. The festival […]

Kinofilm Festival kicks off with a star studded red carpet bash

The Kinofilm Festival opens this Saturday with a star studded opening gala at the Odeon, Great Northern, in Central Manchester. Former Coronation Street stars Denise Welch and Jack Deam (also appeared in Shameless) will be attending, along with Ewen Macintosh who played Keith Bishop in The Office. The red carpet bash, with drinks on arrival, […]

Manchester artist channels the spirit of Duchamp and dada

One hundred years have passed since Marcel Duchamp had his famous urinal ‘Fountain’ refused entry into the Society of Independent Artists exhibition. The society, bound to accept all members submissions, took exception to ‘Fountain’, believing that a piece of sanitary ware associated with human waste could not be a work of art. In May, Manchester […]