Three to see this weekend: curly kale, Craig David and cultural awakenings

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The events this weekend will have you flailing your arms in the air to the slick vibes of Craig David, getting into the Spanish fiesta spirit at HOME and sampling all kinds of vegan goodness at Manchester Central. Eclectic weekend indeed. Thankfully all these events take place on Friday and Saturday so you can chill on Sunday – just like good old Craigy D.

Here’s our three to see this weekend in no particular order.

Viva! Festival at HOME

Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2017 returns to Manchester for its 23rd edition with an epic celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across the Spanish-speaking world. This year’s inspiration stems from La Transición – an era of cultural revolution and democratic awakening. There will be a selection of awe-inspiring films on the silver screen from and about the period, including the Pedro Almodóvar epic classic Pepi, Luci, Bom. If you fancy getting cultured, this 18 day festival of dance, theatre, live music and panel talks is the way to do it.

Book tickets here

Craig David at Manchester Arena

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Craig David’s career was on the rocks. He burst onto the UK music scene with his 1999 Artful Dodger collab and the most perfectly groomed facial hair we’ve ever seen, then took a bit of a pasting on Bo’ Selecta! But we all love a bit of Craigy D these days.  He’s back in Manchester this weekend with his biggest UK tour in over 15 years. For all of those feel good RnB vibes, throw on your plastic choker and head down to party it up like it’s 1999. He’s performing this Saturday at Manchester Arena. No doubt he’ll be chilling on Sunday.

Book tickets here

Northern Vegan Festival at Manchester Central

Haven’t you heard? Kale is the new beef. Well, kind of. This weekend’s vegan festival pays homage to kale and all sorts of other plant based good stuff to give you a taste of a meat-free, dairy free, cruelty free lifestyle, albeit only for one day. There will be 200 stalls of all kinds, serving up plant based fare, clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and even an afternoon session of vegan speed dating. Meat-free Prince Charming anyone? There will also be educational talks, cookery demos and a huge seated cafe area to chat it up over a cup of soy milk Joe. Plus points for the fact they’re also hosting a vegan beer, wine and cider festival just 10 minutes walk away at The Thirsty Scholar. Fingers crossed the weather holds out, eh.

www.northernveganfestival.com

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