Friday, 2 September 2011

N4 Festival This Weekend

We will be taking part in this weekends Northern Quarter N4 Loves U festival. Along with some other shops from Afflecks we will have a stall on Thomas/Edge Street from 11am-5pm Sat & Sun.
Come down and show your support for Manchesters' independent businesses.
Here's the info (courtesy of The Natter)

Northern Quarter businesses are hosting a two-day free festival called N4 Loves U Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 3 and 4 from midday until 9pm to support the I Love MCR campaign.

Thousands are expected to attend the festival which is centred around Thomas Street, Tib Street, Edge Street, Copperas Street, High Street and Oak Street. The streets will be closed off to traffic, there will be music stages, four pop-up bars and 30 acts performing across the weekend. Afflecks will also be running a vintage market.
Street party style picnic tables and benches will run along Thomas Street, Tib Street and Edge Street and there will be a range of food concessions available.
Entertainment will be provided through-out the day across thee stages including an acoustic stage, an Indie stage and a DJ stage featuring Mr Scruff who will headline on Sunday.
Entry is free but buckets will be at the gateways collecting money for the I Love MCR designated charities – Forever Manchester and Reclaim.
Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s city centre spokesperson said: “Despite being in the heart of the city centre, the Northern Quarter has a real community vibe. It’s fantastic that the businesses are coming together to put on a free and fun event for all the family and I would urge people to show their support for this important part of the city centre’s economy by coming along and enjoying the show.”
Vaughan Allen, chief executive from CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company said: “The Northern Quarter is a very important part of the city centre retail and entertainment offer, and the festival’s content really reflects this. These businesses have shown great resilience over the past few weeks, and true Mancunian spirit. Delivering a free fundraising event for the local community in such a short time frame is testament to this.”
An organiser of the festival, Northern Quarter spokesperson, Nicky Rybka Goldsmith, proprietor of The Bay Horse public house, Cord bar and Thomas Restaurant said: ”As small independent businesses, we can be the most vulnerable which the local economy is hit in this way. The last few weeks have demonstrated the strength of working together as a community, which has helped us through this difficult time. It’s now time to celebrate and thank local residents and our other regular customers for their loyal support.”
Another organiser of the festival, Gary McClarnan from Sparkle Street Creative Adventures who owns Teacup on Thomas Street said: ”It’s great that Manchester has come together against anti-social behaviour to show the world we are proud and united in our love of the city. The Northern Quarter is very much behind this fantastic campaign and this festival is our way of showing our support.”
Follow @N4lovesU on Twitter for up-dates on the programme of events across the weekend.

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