Festival41 takes a revolutionary approach to community inclusion and accessibility at festivals, to provide an amazing weekend for Manchester based families. Festival41 is about community, music, comedy, arts, dance and so much more. Built on pride for the Urmston area and a long standing experience in the entertainment industry; Festival41’s Director has collated some of the best parts of the larger festivals and revolutionised the approach to accessibility and community engagement at a festival.
Festivals up and down the country regularly fall short in accessibility for disabled people. At Festival41 there are a large amount of plans in place to ensure all the community can enjoy the festival experience. Wheel chair access throughout the site, BSL interpreters, Assistant dog friendly, a sensory zone for autistic people and accessible for visually impaired people. Plus at Festival41 there will be hoisted changing facilities available for those with more complex and additional needs. Festival41 is due to launch their first festival weekend on 30th June – 1st July at Abbotsfield Park in Urmston, and plans to provide a full weekend of family friendly entertainment. The 30th June hosts a full day of comedy featuring comedy favourites for the circuits and some well know TV favourites. Nish Kumar has been announced as the first of many headliners for the comedy day.
The 1st June host a full day of music, headliner announcements include Scouting for Girls and the BBC 2/ BBC 1Xtra DJ Trevor Nelson. The Rainband are another performance announced for this day, they are Urmston based but have already had an impressive career including being the recent support acts for the Kaiser Chiefs and Paulo Nuttini and they can’t wait to perform for their local area. Amongst the announcements are a new band the Mercy Mile. They have a Motown and soul vibe when these open mic favourites take to the stage, despite being unsigned the Mercy Mile are definitely ones to watch during the music day.
As well as a great line up, there will be a children’s area available during their music day (1st July). This is not the usual children’s area experience. There will be contemporary classical dance performances and workshops presented by Urmston based Showcase Dance & Stage. Sublime Science are bringing their impressive shows and a slime workshop. Urmston’s own Stevie Mandini & co are bringing magic shows and workshops for all ages. Comedy Club 4 kids are bringing their workshops to teach children how to become a stand up comedian. Plus there art and music based shows and workshops throughout the day. The children’s area is combining a variety of experiences designed to inspire imaginations and these once in a life time opportunities are all included in the ticket price! Festival41 wants provide value for money and take the pressure off parents worrying about extra costs. Plus, just like the rest of the festival, the children’s area is fully accessible.
Knowing that the festival environment can be overwhelming, Festival41 has developed a pass out system. This is available to everyone. If you need a break from the sensory overloads, prefer privacy to take medications or simply want to take the little ones home to a babysitter; whatever your reasons Festival41 wont force you to stay all day. Subject to security checks you’re welcome to use the pass out system to get the best out of the Festival weekend for you, your family and your friends. Throughout the weekend there will be a luxury VIP area. This includes an exclusive viewing area, exclusive food and drinks, luxury toilets and some special celebrity guests. Plus a few other special treats and surprises.
For more information, see the full line up and where to book your tickets go to their website: www.festival41.co.uk
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