No place like HOME’s first birthday celebrations – featuring rooftop festival, music, entertainment and food

Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film, is celebrating its first birthday from Friday night till Sunday night, 20 May to Sunday 22 May 2016, with roving musicians on the outside square, a chilled out Rooftop Festival, a chance to play your own vinyl, and the chance to contribute to a very special birthday work of art
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HOME is celebrating its first anniversary with a weekend of activity across art, theatre and film, presenting installation, performance, theatre productions, film previews, live musical performances, workshops and family-friendly events.

Queer as Yolk: Redux celebrates Richard DeDomenici’s popular Redux Project, attempting to make shot-for-shot remakes of scenes from famous film and TV on a shoestring budget with amateur local crews, in the same locations where the originals were filmed. DeDomenici has now applied his unique set of skills to the ground-breaking Mancunian classic Queer As Folk, in collaboration with performance trio Eggs Collective.

There’s a preview of Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (2015), the final release from the legendary Japanese animation house before its hiatus, by the director of critically acclaimed Arrietty, Hiromasa Yonebayashi. A suitably nostalgic and overwhelmingly moving story, as well as another superb artistic achievement, with all the gentle, highly imaginative, narrative complexity and visual grace that’s made the studio’s reputation.

Late Night Love is an unflinching attempt to untangle expectations of adulthood from the promise of power ballads, inspired by the confessional radio show of the same name and, presented by Manchester-based Eggs Collective in collaboration with Olivier award-winning director Mark Whitelaw.

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Enjoy DJ sets from Greg Thorpe, Mof Gimmers, Andrea Trout, Tim Irving and Manchester’s salsa superstar DJ, Vlad NRG, plus live music from resident artist Najia Bagi, busking star turned recording artist Jon Kenzie, and the Manchester String Quartet, mixing classical with Manchester classics.

There’s lots of fantastic family events including a screening of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, At the End of Everything Else, a theatre production full of puppetry, animation and music, a puppet workshop by Joseph Richardson (puppeteer of the Goose on the War Horse UK Tour), a dance workshop led by acclaimed hip hop dance outfit ZooNation, and The Butterfly’s Adventure, a thrilling adventure behind the scenes at HOME, presented by Scally Wags Theatre Company.

The square outside will be buzzing with the vintage charms of the Gypsies of Bohemia and HOME favourites, Dr Butler’s Hatstand Medicine Band, while upstairs Inna Voice and Young Identity will be shouting their words from the rooftops.

Over the course of the weekend, everyone who visits HOME is being invited to contribute to an exciting collaborative sculpture by artist Nicola Dale that will cascade down the feature staircase at the heart of the building. Join her on Saturday 21 May for a free sculpture workshop to learn about the techniques she’ll use.

On Saturday there’s a Rooftop Festival featuring music, entertainment and great food, plus a specially curated programme of live music performance, DJ appearances and party atmosphere by renowned events promoter Greg Thorpe, the mind behind the incredibly successful line-up for the HOMEwarming weekend

On Sunday night there’s a taxing and titillating pub quiz, followed by ‘Jason’s Vinyl Jukebox’, where artistic director of film Jason Wood will be running a ‘vinyl jukebox’ where you bring that precious 7 and have it spun in the bar just for you!

For full details of HOME’s 1st birthday weekend programme visit homemcr.org.

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