Stretching for one square mile south of Manchester Central Library in St Peter’s Square – the Oxford Road Corridor is Manchester’s innovation district and home to a diverse and international community.
Steeped in academic, literary, musical, and political history, it is a destination with a unique concentration of knowledge, business and cultural assets. It embodies the innovative and international spirit of Manchester as the home of many of its most significant arts and educational institutions.
This inaugural three-day event has been created in partnership with the Corridor’s many venues and institutions and will shed a spotlight on all their great talent, achievements and future possibilities. Featuring a programme of specially-commissioned new work from acclaimed UK and international artists alongside Manchester-based talent, Corridor of Light is a celebration of the people who live, study and work in this unique geographic location. It will champion the transformative and powerful role arts and culture can play to support communities and it will inspire people to envision better futures as we re-emerge from challenging times as a city.
Entirely free to attend, and running from 6pm to 10pm across the three nights – Corridor of Light will bring together artists, writers, students, poets, and performers, to tell their stories of Oxford Road. With a focus on language, music, light and ideas, this special series of events and experiences will bring to life the Corridor’s unique constellation of knowledge and culture, championing the area’s change-makers, both past and present.
Recovery Poems, a 3m high light poem by artists Deanna Rodger and Robert Montgomery, travelling to a dozen different locations along the Oxford Road Corridor.
Outdoor art pioneers Walk the Plank transforming the former site of Homeground into an otherworldly Fire Garden, in collaboration with HOME
Manchester’s newest neighbourhood, Circle Square, which will be bathed in the spectacle of thousands of spots of light, emanating from Studio Vertigo’s giant, heart-shaped mirror ball installation, Our Beating Heart.
Award-winning artist collective Squidsoup presenting Where There Is Light, at the Holy Name Church, an immersive sound and light installation co-commissioned by ArtReach for Journeys Festival International 2021.
The curved surface of University Place becoming a vast canvas for a new video inspired by the first computer to store and run a programme. Move Fast and Brake Things is a dynamic, fast-paced projection created by artist Antonio Roberts.
Acclaimed poets Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Reshma Ruia and Andrew McMillanhave written new works for Corridor of Light, inspired by Oxford Road.
The RNCM revealing Studio 8, a brand-new digital studio and the first Meyer Constellation system in higher education, with two new site-specific installations, one of which will be created by May Wild Studio alongside RNCM’s international students.