Performers at Festival Square

What we're looking for

The main things we ask are:

- That your work’s of a good performance standard;

- that it’s original;

- that it will inspire audiences;

- and most importantly, create an uplifting environment that celebrates the breadth of talent in Greater Manchester.

Representation is important to us, and we actively encourage applications from people who reflect the diversity of our city.

We want to connect with performers and musicians from all areas of Greater Manchester, those of perceived marginalised communities and the broadest range of lived experiences available.  

For more information on our equal opportunities policy please visit:

How to apply

Applications for Festival Square 2023 are now closed.

Key dates

Application opens: 15 February, 12 noon (BST)

Application closes: 19 March, 12 noon (BST)

Applicants informed of result: Week commencing 3 April


We have a fee of £300 to give to each successful live performance.

They are 30 minutes each.

We’ll have a basic backline that we encourage everyone to use. Due to the nature of the site and the programme there will be a very minimal soundcheck time and so be prepared for this in advance.

All performances take place on a stage no larger than 6m x 5m, so please consider what’s possible – we can work with you on this too, if you have an idea you want to explore.

Select Other and tell us how you would describe yourself.

Unfortunately travel costs are not covered, so need to be considered within the performance fee.  

Everyone will find out whether their application has been successful the week of 3 April.

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