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FEAST! Picnic by the Lake Fri 5 June 7.30 - 11.00pm; Sat 6 June 2.00
- 11.00pm; Sun 7 June 1.00 - 6.00pm Platt Fields Park. Free.
Everybody is invited - all ages, all cultures, all weekend!

Manchester International Arts and Streets Ahead Events present the
final FEAST!, three days of free performance from Britain and abroad
around the picturesque lake in Platt Fields Park, Manchester. The
international programme features companies from Germany, Belgium,
France, India and Egypt as well as leading acts from the UK with a
number of world premieres. This years highlights include Indian
circus, Egyptian music and Eastern European rhythms, French comedy,
fire-blazing tango, spectacular acrobatics and dreamy evening

Giant, distinctive and exotic, FEAST! is a popular event. Each yearly
festival boasts its own unique moments with picnickers revelling in
the surroundings, pitching up around the lake, on the hills and banks
and under trees. As evening draws in, candles and nightlights appear
amongst the banners, flags and decorations. Games, workshops and
activities are on offer for all ages to delve into, and Friday and
Saturday evening will culminate with a special and dazzling finale.
Take the adventurous option and catch all of the spectacular shows
across the weekend, drop by for a bite, a chill out, or try a bit of
boating on the lake. Extraordinary and atmospheric FEAST! Picnic by
the Lake invites everybody in to celebrate the summer.

After 21 years of presenting some of the most extraordinary and well-
loved festivals and special events, FEAST! 2009 brings the Streets
Ahead programme in Manchester to an end for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to bring top class international acts to the region
- keep in touch with our projects via our website and newsletter and
have a look at the Lakes Alive programme planned for the next four


Ballet Boyz
The Next Generation, Sat 6 June 2.30, 4.00, 8.45pm; Sun 7 June 2.00,
3.30, 5.00pm
The first outdoor dance piece by this celebrated company, which has
thrilled audiences and dance critics alike with its exhilarating mix
of award winning repertoire, performance style and high artistic
standards. Co commissioned by Without Walls and Greenwich + Docklands
International Festival.

Bilbobasso (France)
A Fuego Lento, Fri 5 June 10.00pm; Sat 6 June 10.00pm
A love story of destiny or co-incidence told through the art of
playing with fire, and movement of a passionate Argentinian tango.
It's a story of a man and a woman, a story of a meeting and from this
encounter fire is born; it appears like a sparkle, grows, flows,
flies off, spreads and bursts out like the image of passion consuming
the heart of our two characters. This is a show of love, Tango and fire.

The House That Jack Built, Sat 6 June 3.45, 5.45, 8.15pm; Sun 7 June
1.45, 3.15, 4.45pm
I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down…..
The House That Jack Built is a quirky dance theatre work in which
three characters create a world made from straw.

Dream Engine
Diamond, Sat 6 June 10.30pm
A show with a big surprise! The Diamond blooms like a giant semi-
transparent orchid as it inflates to a full height of 11m with an
aerialist inside. Using lights and a specially created soundscape,
the show combines a huge sculptural presence with the beauty of solo
aerial dance.

Fittings Multi Media
Sputnik, Sat 6 June 2.45, 4.45, 7.30pm; Sun 7 June 1.30, 3.45pm
A young woman seeks to live away from the earth. With a watchmaker/
mechanic she creates a structure that fuses her body and spirit with
a machine. The journey begins. This is the first outdoor show by
leading disabled company Fittings featuring Award Winning dancer
Claire Cunningham. Commissioned by Without Walls.

Beingfrank Youth
Raging Skulls, Fri 5 June 8.15, 9.45pm; Sat 6 June 2.30, 4.15, 5.30pm
Centred around a metal structure four young men struggle with keeping
a guilty secret. As they avoid each other, performing gymnastic
manoeuvres and movements from breakdance and parkour.

How to find FEAST: Platt Fields Park (M14 6LA) is located on
Wilmslow Road, 2 miles from Manchester City centre. It is well served
by buses 40 – 49, 157, 53. There will be a staffed carpark all
weekend, entrance beside Holy Trinity church on Platt Lane M14 5NF.
Price £3 per car, disabled parking free.

IMAGES AND FILM AVAILABLE. For Press information please contact
Rachel Bartholomew 07768 614865

MIA is the leading promoter of international performing arts in the
North West, celebrating its 21st anniversary year. The organisation
remains driven to bring the best international work and local
community arts to the widest possible public audience. MIA festivals
and events have an all important goal - to create an exciting,
energising atmosphere in a town or city centre that maximises its
existing potential, (shops, cafes, restaurants, open spaces and
squares), by the addition of carefully chosen special events. These
are all free or nearly free, with an inclusive family friendly
atmosphere and an appeal to people from many different cultures.

Almost all of MIA's work is outdoors and branded as Streets Ahead
Events. Some of the pioneering festivals to date include the month
long Festival of Catalan Arts and the famous Streets Ahead Festival
which, in 2000, covered all 10 districts of Greater Manchester to
become the largest free outdoor street arts festival in England. In
2002 Festival Live was the official international street festival for
the Commonwealth Games at the stadium, in the Athlete’s Village and
in the city centre. The Garden of Delights (2003 – 2005) attracted
50,000 people in its final year and Enchanted Evenings included a
series of special international events in 2006 and 2007. Other
significant projects have included unique living installations such
as the Carbosse Firegarden and the transformation of the city's
prestigious Albert Square into a French Farmyard. 2008's Carpet of
Flowers saw several hundred volunteers placing an elaborate ‘damask-
style’ design of a carpet in flowers in Albert Square. Artist Jo
Vickers created the design involving specially scented and colourful
flowers to make a visually stunning and fragrant installation in
Manchester's most prominent square.

The Streets Ahead Festival for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture
took place last year alongside Nicole & Martin Circus (Switzerland).
Successful partner events included Lakes Alive, a summer season of
outdoor performances in Cumbria; Mintfest, international street
festival in Kendal and the Urban Moves International Dance Festival,
a unique blend of open air dance and spectacle in the most unexpected
of spaces across Manchester city centre.

FEAST! Picnic by the Lake 2009 is part of Manchester City Council's
annual programme of 'Events to Listen Out For...' in 2009. For the
full programme, please go to . Councillor Mike
Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City
Council said: "We've got a fantastic programme of events planned
right across Manchester this summer and I would encourage as many
people as possible to come along and enjoy the attractions and
activities that are on offer right on the doorstep."

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