Festival programme

Community Festival Programme 2021

There's loads to do at our Community Festival. Whether you are young or old, interested in science or art, want to gets hands-on and have fun or just listen to some fascinating stories, take a look at our programme of exciting digital events from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 June 2021.

And to keep up to date with all the online action, follow us on Twitter @SocialResponUoM#communityfestUoM

Scheduled Online Events

Friday 18 June 2021

11:00 – 11:45: PLAY Live Baby

These sessions are designed specifically for those who have had a baby in the last year during the Covid-19 restrictions. Using sensory play these sessions will provide much needed interaction and connection for you and your baby. We will suggest and model play ideas which can be used again and again with your baby to aid their development, bonding and attachment.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-live-baby-tickets-154673696189

Suitable for: For babies and their grown-ups.

Keywords: Creative

11:00 – 11:45: Hearing health stories: Manchester health and history

Join the Museum of Medicine and Health as we explore the history of audiology and hearing health inequalities. Dr Katherine Conroy and Dr Dalia Tsimpida will host an online conversation with Q&A, giving you the chance to learn first-hand about deaf communities in Manchester, past and present.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hearing-journeys-health-and-history-in-manchesters-ddeaf-communities-tickets-152965424703

Suitable for: Families Ages 11+ (May be of particular interest to KS4 Science (Biology) & History)

Keywords: Science, History, Health

12:00 – 12:45: Meet the…

Take part in the online Twitter conversation as we take a behind-the-scenes look at the University. Our Meet the… films feature staff, students and partners sharing their perspectives of what it means to be connected to the University and how they make a difference both on campus and beyond.

Join us on Twitter: @SocialResponUoM (https://twitter.com/SocialResponUoM)

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Community

13:00 – 13:45: Community Mapping: A little of your time to make a big difference

Help us map the way for prosthetic and orthopaedic surgeons to reach those in need of healthcare and prosthetic limbs in Northern Uganda. Join our online workshop and let’s come together as a global community to help make a difference in one big volunteering effort. Together we have a chance to change the lives of thousands of people in Northern Uganda suffering from limb loss following a 20 year conflict. All it takes is a few moments of everyone’s time to help us draw a map.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-mapping-day-tickets-154230843605

Suitable for: Families Ages 11+ (May be of particular interest to KS3 & KS4 Geography)

Keywords: Community, Geography, Health

14:00 – 14:45: Let’s Dance: A dance programme for Museum Movers of all abilities

We believe that there is no ‘right’ way to dance and that everyone can enjoy and benefit from dance. Dance at any age is a great way to tune up the body in a creative and fun filled way. It also helps to build stamina and to increase joint flexibility. Join Manchester Museum and Dance Practitioner and Culture Champion Hazel Roy for this ‘Let’s Dance’ taster session. Part of our Age Friendly programming.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-dance-tickets-155600022857?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Suitable for: Ages 50+

Keywords: Creative, Wellbeing

14:30 – 15:00: Chocaholics Guide to the World and Secrets of Biomaterials

Join our scientists in a virtual demonstration investigating the internal structure of chocolate bars to understand more about delicious materials. We’ll also create 'hydrogels', materials that can be placed into your body to help prevent damage or even slow the ageing process in places like your spinal cord.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/155778560869

Suitable for: Families Ages 12+

Keywords: Science

Saturday 19 June 2021

11:00 – 11:45: Play Live

We invite you to play along with us in these workshops specially designed for under 5s and their grown-ups. These sessions are 45 minutes long and are led by an Early Years play specialist who will guide you through playful activities demonstrating and modelling how simple materials you will have to hand can be used playfully at home. Activities will be suggested and adapted for different ages so older siblings and babies are welcome too.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/play-live-tickets-154685192575

Suitable for: For under 5s and their grown-ups.

Keywords: Creative

12:00 – 12:45: Art for Inventions

In this session we'll be exercising our creative brains, using art tools found around the house to create new and exciting inventions. We'll be looking at objects from history and our predictions for future technologies to invent something for use right now! We'll be learning how to use art as a tool for innovation and escapism, drawing inspiration from pieces found in the Whitworth’s collection.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-for-inventions-tickets-154743380617

Suitable for: Families Ages 5+

Keywords: Creative, Culture

13:00 – 13:45: Memories of Manchester: Secrets of Student Life

Join us on Twitter for an exclusive look into life as a student at Manchester across almost 200 years of history, showcasing never-before-seen objects that shine a light on student life in the city. Stick around for a Q&A session with our University Heritage curatorial team, and share with us your own memories of the University.

Join us on Twitter: @UoMHeritage (https://twitter.com/UoMHeritage )

Suitable for: Ages 13+ (students/alumni, as well as anyone with an interest in university life)

Keywords: History

14:00 – 14:45: The Multilingual Museum

Did you know that Manchester Museum has over 4.5 million objects from around the world in its collection? They can tell different stories through different voices. Join the Multilingual Museum for a virtual adventure where you will navigate the museum’s collection as a resource for celebrating language diversity and take part in interactive activities where you can share your language skills with others.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-multilingual-museum-tickets-155613920425?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Culture, Languages

14:30 – 15:00: Chocaholics Guide to the World and Secrets of Biomaterials

Join our scientists in a virtual demonstration investigating the internal structure of chocolate bars to understand more about delicious materials. We’ll also create 'hydrogels', materials that can be placed into your body to help prevent damage or even slow the ageing process in places like your spinal cord.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/156091195969

Suitable for: Families Ages 12+

Keywords: Science

Sunday 20 June 2021

11:00 – 11:45: Frogs & Friends - Manchester Museum Made to Measure taster

Ever wondered how many species of frogs there are in the world? What do they eat? How many frogs does Manchester Museum have living in our Vivarium? Discover all of this and more. Join Manchester Museums Live Animals team for a virtual visit to Manchester Museum’s Vivarium (live animals gallery) and get all your frog questions answered. You can send your questions in advance or on the day.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frogs-friends-manchester-museum-made-to-measure-taster-tickets-155607868323?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Science, Culture

12:00 – 12:45: Playing with Sculpture

In this creative workshop, we will be looking at the Whitworth’s sculpture collection to create our own sculptures inspired by the artworks. We will be taking shapes, colours and forms from each of the artworks in the Sculpture Park and bringing these together to make our own 3D pieces. We’ll be using materials found around the house in this session, exploring what we can do with everyday materials around us.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/playing-with-sculpture-tickets-154740393683

Suitable for: Families Ages 5+

Keywords: Creative, Culture

Dip-Into-At-Any-Time Online Events

But that’s not all! We’ve got a host of online activities that you can dip into at any time during the Festival.

Micropoetry competition

Budding poets, tweet a #Space-themed poem with the hashtag #Micropoem21 to win £500 and have your words read and judged by poet and Chancellor, Lemn Sissay. Our micropoetry competition, celebrates the Geological Society’s ‘Year of Space’ and is presented by Creative Manchester in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and the Geological Society of London.

Link: Find out more (https://www.creative.manchester.ac.uk/our-projects/poetry-competition/) #Micropoem21

Suitable for: Ages 13+

Keywords: Creative

Martin Harris Centre: Music Online

Immerse yourself in the joy of live music online with Martin Harris Centre: Music Online, available via YouTube. Appreciate new musical performances from across the genres from your home. Presented by the Martin Harris Centre and The University of Manchester's Department of Music.

Link: Watch the Music Playlist (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjhMyLHjagc&list=PLuanMPsrGRl9SM711IpPleeMAEJQHoAma

Suitable for: All ages (music lovers)

Keywords: Creative, Wellbeing

Science from Home: Waves and sound

What can a balloon tell us about sound and vibration? What happens when you drop a suspended slinky? Can you make sprinkles dance using sound? Using everyday household objects you can follow along with our online demonstrations to explore waves and sound.

Link: Demonstrations and Activities (https://www.mwmresearchgroup.org/community-festival-waves-and-sound.html

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Science

Science from Home: Volcanoes

Use our volcano activities to get thinking about how volcanoes work and what they are. From lava flow races to explosive eruptions, using foods and household items you can follow along with our online demonstrations to discover more about volcanoes.

Link: Demonstrations and Activities (https://earthandsolarsystem.wordpress.com/educational-resources/)

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Science

Virtual tour of the animal lab unit

Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside an animal research unit? Why not pay a visit to our virtual tour, where you can move around in 3D and see mice, rats, fish and sheep. You’ll learn about how our animals are helping scientists find ways to fight disease.

Link: Join the Tour (https://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/environment/governance/ethics/animals/virtual-tour/)

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Science

Read All About It! The Manchester Guardian

Discover more about the intriguing history of the Guardian newspaper born in Manchester 200 years ago this year. Join us as we delve into the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s historical archives to reveal some fascinating stories and the people behind them.

Link: Watch here

Suitable for: Ages 14+

Keywords: History

Sensing Danger

We’re developing cutting edge metal detection technology for humanitarian organisations to help them clear minefields more quickly and help communities impacted by landmines to lead safer lives, plant crops and build infrastructure on previously unusable land. But can you tell the difference between a bottle-top and a landmine? We challenge you to take part in our interactive game, where you take control of a de-miner attempting to detect landmines as you move across a minefield.

Link: Play the game

Suitable for: Ages 14+

Keywords: Science

Chinese Yoga: The 8 Brocades of Qigong

Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Qigong is a series of movements to calm and heal body, mind and spirit. Join Dr Amelie Wang Guenier in this easy to follow tutorial brought you by the Manchester Confucius Institute.

Link: Watch the Tutorials (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8izb8e1NL8&list=PLTghUZEWyGtwK-xfFq1FWx2HXumIMTl-J )

Suitable for: All ages

Keywords: Wellbeing

Legend Stories behind the most celebrated Chinese Festivals

The 14 June marks the day of the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. Have you ever wondered why people in China race dragon boats during this time of the year? And why sticky rice balls are traditionally enjoyed during the festival? Watch the story of the patriotic poet Qu Yuan to find out! The story is told by Emma, one of the Confucius Institute teachers, complemented by local children from Huaxia Chinese School, who are performing one of Qu Yuan poem ‘Ode to the Orange Tree’.

Link: The Story of Qu Yuan’ by Emma

Link: Ode to the Orange Tree’ by Huaxia Chinese School

Suitable for: Families Ages 8+; Language learners of Mandarin Chinese, Primary and Secondary schools

Keywords: History, Culture, Languages

Sights, sounds and stories: Manchester’s Medical Histories

Join the Museum of Medicine and Health to delve into the wonderful world of eye and ear health through sight, sound and stories past and present. Discover how one woman established Manchester’s first hospital for babies, explore collections, films, podcasts and quizzes all around our own eyes and ears and how to look after them.

Link: Stories and resources

Suitable for: Families Ages 7+

Keywords: Science, History, Health

Music, Health and Wellbeing

Tune in to this recorded workshop bringing together distinguished speakers and panellists with specialisms ranging from music therapy to dementia care to social prescribing. Learn about the physiological and psychological benefits of singing. Hear personal accounts of music enriching health and wellbeing. Listen to a beautiful recording of Manchester Camerata performing works by Joseph Haydn and Richard Strauss.

Link: Watch the event (link to https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/university-hosts-music-health-and-wellbeing-workshop/ )

Suitable for: Families Ages 12+

Keywords: Creative, Wellbeing

To keep up-to-date and receive regular updates on all our activities, keep an eye on this webpage, see our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @SocialResponUoM #communityfestUoM