Our annual Community Festival returns with a series of exciting digital events

For this year’s Community Festival, we’ve teamed up with Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, John Rylands Library and staff and students from across the University to create a series of fun and exciting digital events, aimed at families, schools and local communities. These will be running online from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 June 2021.

Whether you are young or old, interested in science or art, want to gets hands-on or just share some fascinating stories, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a small taster of some of the activities on offer:

Let’s Dance: A dance programme for Museum Movers of all abilities

Join Manchester Museum and Dance Practitioner and Culture Champion Hazel Roy for this ‘Let’s Dance’ taster session.

Suitable for: All ages.

Art for Inventions

Learn how to use art as a tool for innovation and escapism, drawing inspiration from pieces found in the Whitworth’s collection.

Suitable for: Families/children ages 5+.

PLAY Live Baby

Take part in some sensory play with your baby, helping to aid their development, bonding and attachment.

Suitable for: For babies and their grown-ups.

Legend Stories behind the most celebrated Chinese Festivals

Watch the story of Qu Yuan to find out about the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary schools; Families with children ages 8+; Language learners of Mandarin Chinese.

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.

Suitable for: Ages 11+.

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 medicine through sight, sound and stories past, present and future.

Suitable for: Families/children ages 7+.

And many more!

To see the full programme of activities, along with dates and times, see our Community Festival web page.

The Community Festival is a great way to find out exactly what goes on at our University, to see behind our doors and engage with our staff, students and partners. As we move to a digital setting, we’re hoping to welcome an even bigger audience, helping everyone discover the variety of things we do here at the University of Manchester. So, wherever you are, come join us for three days of exploration, interaction and conversation.

For more information about the Festival please go to the Community Festival webpages and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (#communityfestUoM) to see updates as new events are added to the programme.