No Place Like HOME – Danny Boyle opens Manchester’s new arts centre

A truly Mancunian celebration.

Danny Boyle has launched the funfair-themed HOMEwarming celebrations for Manchester’s new centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film.

‘…a truly Mancunian

Crowds gathered outside of HOME for a Funfair Fanfare of music and performance from carnival arts troupe Juba de Leao, a welcome from Olympics opening ceremony supremo and HOME patron Danny Boyle and a climatic volley of percussive, smoking ‘mascletà’ pyrotechnics.

Juba de Leao and Los Galavantes continued to build the party atmosphere whilst the gallery doors were opened for the first preview of opening group exhibition The heart is deceitful above all things, and HOME celebrated the opening night of theatre production The Funfair.

The funfair-themed celebration continues this weekend with interactive film screenings, chatshow-style discussions, live musical performances and events to light up the Bank Holiday weekend, mixing family-friendly activities, musical performances and entertainment with internationally-significant commissions in a truly Mancunian celebration.

Highlights of this weekend’s celebrations include:

  • the UK premiere of Slow West, John Maclean’s ‘European Western’ starring Michael Fassbender
  • World premiere of The Funfair by Simon Stephens, HOME‘s inaugural theatre production in its new 450-seat main theatre
  • Heartbreak and the dark side of the funfair explored in HOME’s opening group exhibition in its new gallery, The heart is deceitful above all things
  • Music & Film commissions with live performances of original film scores by leading Manchester musicians Josephine and Dutch Uncles songwriter and bassist Robin Richards with the Royal Northern College of Music
  • Storytelling, performance and interactive family film screenings to welcome all to Manchester’s newest city centre district
  • A chance to get behind the scenes and the screens with free talks, tours and a look backstage
  • A celebration of the best of the UK’s most vibrant city with screenings of great Mancunian films, plus a season of funfair inspired classic titles, previews and major new releases

Contact & location

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN


Pictures credit: Chris Payne


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