The Fête of Britain - Sunday 25 February

A group of people seated in the Social at Aviva Studios

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Enjoy a different kind of Sunday sermon, belt out a new national anthem and learn the tricks of folk dancing? All in a day's work at The Fête of Britain

The Commoners Choir, She Choir and Open Voices are inviting you to help write a new anthem for Britain that answers the question ‘How do we want to live?’ You can contribute across the weekend but make sure you stop by Aviva Studios on Sunday if you want your voice heard in its debut performance at the Fête’s closing ceremony!

Need to let loose? Dust off your dancing shoes for Folk Dance Remixed – as traditional and hip hop dance and music collide. You’ll be guided through the moves so don’t worry if you have two left feet – it's all the fun of the Fête. You can even get hands-on and make a contribution to our giant marble run or try your hand at some of our fête games!

Sunday also sees a range of different talks exploring the future of democracy and looking back on what we’ve learned over a weekend full of conversations, new ideas and connections.

Plus you can still explore a sound and visual installation from artist and musician Brian Eno and think about what you’d do as Prime Minister for a day with the help of art collective Manchester Street Poem.

Explore our bookable workshops and full schedule below!

Image: Priti Shikotra

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.


When? 10am–5pm

Where? The Social

What? Grab the mic! The People Speak are hosting an interactive talk-show where participants decide on the direction of conversation.

Why Folk Music? A Workshop with Jenn Reid

When? 12.15–1.45pm

Where? The Social

What? Chat with traditional musician and provocateur Jennifer Reid and learn about their research into Manchester and Lancashire songs.

Folk Dance Remixed

When? 1.15–2pm

Where? The Social

What? Enjoy a fresh, quirky and colourful collision of folk and street dance like you've never seen before.

Join The Noise

When? 2–5pm

Where? The Social

What? Come and hear performers from across the UK including Geoff Winde, Anwar Akhtar of Samosa Media and clogger/singer Jennifer Reid in this relaxed, open mic style end to The Fête of Britain.

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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