Festival Programme

Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – A celebration of creativity and wellbeing at MFT

From Wednesday 18th May – Friday 20th May 2022 the Oxford Road Campus Boulevard will become a hub of creative activity, vibrant colour and soothing sounds with our festival pavilion stage providing a venue for a range of unique creative activities and events, hosted by internationally acclaimed guest artists + musicians. The festival will also provide a platform to showcase artworks created by MFT staff, during the 136 workshops delivered by Lime since July 2020.

 

All event are FREE for MFT staff + DROP-IN – NO NEED TO BOOK!!

Find us at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Pavillion Stage, Boulevard, Oxford Road Campus

Create.Connect.Unwind Festival- 30 minute Drop In – Indian dance workshops with Sheetal Maru

Dance

Sheetal Maru is a Liverpool based multi-talented dancer and Senior Associate Artist at leading Indian arts organisation, Milap. During these free 30 minute drop-in workshops, Sheetal will give you an introduction to authentic Indian Dance styles bringing energy and positivity to your day. The sessions will be for ALL LEVELS AND ABILITIES with a mixture...

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – LIVE MUSIC – Drop -In concert with harpist Rebecca Mills

Live Music

Start your morning with the gentle dulcet tones of harpist Rebecca Mills. Rebecca Mills is an internationally renowned soloist, dedicated teacher, orchestral performer and recording artist. She has worked with artists such as opera singer Katherine Jenkins and pop group Blossoms and has been a regular performer at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and for the...

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – drop in embroidery workshop with Dab Hands

Visual Art

Dab Hands is a collaborative art project with artist Lucy Burscough which explores hands and dexterity. Drop into the festival tent to meet the artist and try out some of the embroidery used in the project to create an anatomical sculpture of the human hand! Spend as little as 5 to 10 minutes having a...

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival- LIVE MUSIC – Drop -in concert with Stringboxes

Live Music

Stringboxes (Holly Marland on kora and Michael Cretu on double bass) have performed regularly for LIME’s Lunchtime Concert Series as well as on adult wards at Manchester Royal Infirmary. They are both internationally acclaimed performers and composers, and their scintillating music spans classical, world, folk, and popular music. They have appeared to great critical acclaim...

Pavilion Stage, Boulevard, Oxford Road Campus,

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – drop in embroidery workshop with Dab Hands

Visual Art

Dab Hands is a collaborative art project with artist Lucy Burscough which explores hands and dexterity. Drop into the festival tent to meet the artist and try out some of the embroidery used in the project to create an anatomical sculpture of the human hand! Spend as little as 5 to 10 minutes having a...

Pavilion Stage, Boulevard, Oxford Road Campus,

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival- LIVE MUSIC – Drop -in concert with Manchester Reed Trio

Live Music

Enjoy a live lunchtime performance from this popular trio with material ranging from popular to classical music. Formed in 2007 by Bethan, Rachel and Sarah, Manchester Reed Trio is a dynamic and versatile chamber ensemble, comprised of oboe, clarinet and bassoon.  Since 2015 the Trio has enjoyed performing regularly in the atrium of MREH and...

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – Drop -in printmaking workshop with Colette Whittington

Printmaking

Come and discover the art of letterpress printmaking with printmaker and artist Colette Whittington. She will be demonstrating relief block and letterpress printing in the festival tent using a mixture of vintage wooden letter blocks, and newly carved letter fonts made during recent block carving workshops at Lime's art studio with NHS staff from across the trust....

Pavilion Stage, Boulevard, Oxford Road Campus,

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Breaking the Silence @ Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – Spoken Word Event for MFT staff

Spoken Word

Spoken Word, Poetry and Flash Fiction celebrating connection and creativity in healthcare, featuring music by Mark McKenzie Hosted by MFT’s very own Clinical Educator + Poet Christopher Seymour,  featuring a mixture Flash Fiction created by MFT staff during Lime’s creative writing workshops, and performances from leading UK based spoken word artists including Nathan Parker, Paige...

Pavilion Stage, Boulevard, Oxford Road Campus,

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival – LIVE MUSIC – Drop -in concert with Martin Bickerton

Live Music

Martin is a classical guitarist who has performed at many prestigious venues across the UK including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London. Martin has extensive experience of performing in hospitals having worked to bring live music to both A&E and ICU settings. As part of Creativity & Wellbeing Week...

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival- LIVE MUSIC – Drop-in concert with Holly Marland

Live Music

Holly Marland is internationally acclaimed as a unique and exciting Kora player, combining the authentic rhythms and songs of West Africa with her own compositions and collaborating with a culturally diverse range of outstanding instrumentalists and artists. She is also a qualified music therapist and music for health practitioner/trainer working for a range of organisations...

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Create.Connect.Unwind Festival Closing Event – Music for the Mind+ Soul PLUS Pop-Up Gallery + Exhibition

Live Music

Join us on the final evening of the Create.Connect.Unwind festival to celebrate and come together. Our Pavilion Stage will feature: 4:30-5:30pm  Live music – Milap presents... Music for the Mind + Soul Featuring Akash Parekar (sitar) and Harkiran Singh Sahota (tabla)  Milap presents the classic combination of sitar and tabla with rising star on the...

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