The Fête of Britain - Saturday 24 February

The Social at Aviva Studios during a DJ set

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

Let it all out with a Saturday night line-up of music curated by LOWD Soundsystem after a day full of inspiring talks, art and more

Put your weekend to good use with a mix of inspiring talks and workshops on day three of The Fête of Britain.

Have something to say about the things that matter to you or your community? Drop into a speech-writing workshop and sharpen your public speaking skills – then get ready to deliver the goods to an audience at Aviva Studios!

Come sundown, LOWD (Love Overcomes World Destruction) Sound System are taking over with a bass-heavy party vibe mixing legendary Manchester DJs MCs and live acts and incredible visuals–all while championing social and ecological causes. Full line-up is coming soon–keep your eyes peeled for how to get tickets.

If music is your thing, why not experience a sound and visual installation from artist and musician Brian Eno while you’re here?

There’s plenty more on all day long at Aviva Studios – including pop-ups from Manchester Street Poem.

Explore our bookable workshops and full schedule below!

Image: Chris Payne

What's on

FRUITS: A Social Design Lab From Alternative Infrastructure

When? 10am–5pm

Where? City Square

What? Create a new type of neighbourhood based around ‘Trustfrastructure’ with multitalented queer designers Christopher Gerhardt and Corbin Lamont.

Curators of Change: Over A Brew

When? 10–1.30pm

Where? Upper Hall Foyer

What? Curators of Change invite you to grab a brew for a discussion on mental health services and and learning from lived experiences.

Content warning: This event includes stories that deal with suicide and general trauma.

The Common Census

When? 12–6pm

Where? The Social

What? Cast your votes in this highly researched and deeply statistical study of our shores. Come along, grab some stickers and help us to paint a true picture of our country in 2024. 

The Great Imagining with Deborah Curtis

When? 12.30–2pm and 3.30–5pm

Where? The Social

What? Journey to a greener, fairer and wiser future through astronomy, film, learning and drawing with the team from The Great Imagining.

UNIBOSI talk: Marble Awareness Roadshow

When? 1.10–1.30pm

Where? The Social

What? Hear from Mr Silly (yes, you read that right!) from the Bureau of Silly Ideas about The Fête of Britain marble run

Thomas Paine vs. The Fundamentalists

When? 2.30–3.45pm

Where? The Social

What? Join Manchester graphic novelist Polyp for an illustrated talk on the challenges faced by historical hero Thomas Paine.

Speech! Speech!

When? 4–4.30pm

Where? The Social

What? Come and hear from a dozen people who have worked all day with Dash Arts and political theorist Alan Finlayson writing new political speeches.

The Fête of Britain

A Union Jack flag made of purples, blues and greens – instead of the usual colours
A four-day celebration of collaboration and imagination in the face of the great challenges of our time.
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