Three to see this weekend: minds, bodies and spirits

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If you fancy doing something a little different this weekend, learn more about mindfulness from the experts, see some critically acclaimed dance in a library, and enjoy a festival of folk horror.

If you’re wondering what the Elvis impersonator is doing in the main image, on Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th February, independent Scottish brewer BrewDog is celebrating last week’s trademark victory over the Elvis Presley Estate by giving away a free schooner of BrewDog Elvis Juice to anyone visiting any of its UK bars dressed as Elvis Presley. Yes, that includes the one on Peter Street.

BrewDog Elvis Juice, a grapefruit-infused IPA, launched in 2015, but was soon hit with a lawsuit from the Rock & Roll singer’s estate alleging it infringed on its trademark and requesting BrewDog change the name.

Mindful Living Show

Regular practice of mindfulness, the art of focusing the mind on the current moment without judgement, has many proven health and mental health benefits. Meet others and learn more with access to more than 50 seminars, workshops and activities, and leading experts including James Baraz (live from Spirit Rock), Vidyamala Burch (founder of Breathworks), Richard Burnett (director of Mindfulness in Schools Project), Annabelle Apsion (founder of The Rosen Method), David Pearl (Street Wisdom), Thomas Moore, and Ed Halliwell. Manchester Central, 2nd-3rd February.

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Illuminate at Wythenshawe Forum Library

Following its critically acclaimed, sell-out performance at Central Library in November,  Company Chameleon’s Illuminate is touring smaller, local spaces to entertain new audiences. Inspired by classic story-telling and the seven themes that have underpinned literature since the beginning of time, Illuminate’s choreography brings to life the stories and characters which live in the pages of library books, providing an extraordinary experience between the bookshelves and showcasing just what exciting and creative​ ​spaces libraries can be. Wythenshawe Forum Library, Friday 2nd February at 7pm. Free. Booking essential.

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Manchester Folk Horror Festival

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Folk horror fans can enjoy a combination of creepy culture, freaky film, folklore and mystery in the form of a festival in the Northern Quarter this weekend. Inspired by the current folk horror revival in British cinema and wider trend of re-discovery and re-enchantment this promises to be an unforgettable programme of music, film and workshops. Highlights include Bethlehem Casuals, a Manchester 7 piece DIY world music collective; The Moss Troopers, a roving trio of storytellers, historians, educators; and a 10 minute acoustic-zombie musical-poem called Pea Soup Of The Dead. Expect an array of genres and instruments – you certainly won’t be bored. Performances start at 2pm and film screenings from 6.30pm. Tickets are £7 plus booking fee and limited to 130 places, so book early to avoid disappointment. The Peer Hat, Faraday Street, Saturday 3rd February.

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