Three to see this weekend: something for your mind, Transylvania time and a bit of grime

Whether you want to cool down from World Cup Fever or just want to escape it altogether, there are plenty of unique events this weekend in Manchester. From a great value performance from one of the UK’s hotly-tipped grime artists to an urban mindfulness adventure and even a Transylvanian-style celebration, it highlights the diversity out there.

Also worth a mention is Casa Campo Viejo, a three-night foodie experience taking place at The Loft Venue (13 Quay Street) from 21st until 23rd June. Guests can dive into the vibrant lifestyle of Spain through mouth-watering food, wine and stimulating conversation, thanks to Michelin-trained chef Xabi Bonilla who has worked in renowned restaurants in San Sebastian and Barcelona. Tickets can be purchased online at EatWith.

And there’s plenty more to get your teeth into, too.

Street Wisdom: The Great Get Together

See Manchester’s streets in a whole new way, just by using the power of your mind. Hosted by Street Wisdom, the seasoned experts in this urban approach to mindfulness, local volunteers will take over 100 participants on The Great Mindfulness Walk from the Etihad Stadium to The Grange Community Centre. This will be followed by a get-together, complete with conversation – and cake! These events will form part of The Great Get Together, a dedicated weekend to mark the birthday of murdered MP Jo Cox. Set to be a three-hour unforgettable experience, Street Wisdom helps to train and heighten the senses, allowing participants to perceive new things in the world around them using a combination of mindful thinking, psychology and cognitive science. Saturday 23rd June, 10am-1pm, Etihad Stadium. Tickets are free but booking is required.


Góbéfest Transylvanian festival

The UK’s only Transylvanian festival of arts and culture, Góbéfest returns to the city centre this weekend. It is a free event, including a larger outdoor stage than last year, a wider celebration of the culture of other Eastern European countries and plenty of street food stalls. There’s also a bar selling pálinka, a traditional spirit drink from the Carpathian Basin region that can be anything up to 86% proof. If that’s not enough to bowl you over, then the range of events might be – with highlights including Harghita National Székler Folk Ensemble, a 38-strong folk dance group from the eastern Transylvanian region of Romania, Hungarian pop superstar Ildikó Keresztes, and Manchester Camerata as Friday night headliners with an array of Austro-Hungarian music. With activities every afternoon and  into the evening each day, this is an experience you don’t want to miss. Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th June, Albert Square. Free.


Bugzy Malone at Gorilla

The chance to see one of Manchester’s own wordsmiths Bugzy Malone, one of the country’s hotly-tipped grime artists, take to the stage at Gorilla for just £5. Tickets recently went on sale for this exclusive home gig on Saturday, with proceeds going to the award-winning non-profit Lonely Whale Foundation. Bugzy Malone will host the show as part of a new nationwide BACARDÍ music campaign called Do What Moves You, with support on the night from rising MC Hardy Caprio, BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Semtex, and Manchester rappers Lady Ice and Stef Smith. Saturday 23rd June, 7pm, Gorilla. Tickets £5.



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