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University of Salford’s Arts and Media festival

Friday, 06 June 2014 17:13

Featuring Liam Hopkins (Lazerian), Walk the Plank, Massive Owl, Jo Good (XFM, BBC 6 Music), University of Salford School of Arts & Media students

Festival launch: Thursday 12 June: 5.30pm – 10.00pm

Community Day: Saturday 14 June: 10.00am – 9.00pm

University of Salford MediaCityUK campus and the MediaCityUK Piazza

The University of Salford are hosting a free creative arts and media festival beginning on Thursday 12th and running until Saturday 14th June. This event is taking place at MediaCityUK, both the campus and Piazza, with this three-day event presenting the best music, comedy, theatre, dance, fashion, poetry and journalism.

The festival is being hosted by University of Salford former graduate Jo Good, who is known for her work with XFM and BBC 6 Music.

Create Salford is a collective event put together by both high profile creatives and the University’s final year School of Arts and Media students.

The festival now running for its second year was created by the School of Arts and Media’s in order to creatively join together the people of Salford with professional creative industries, this event being the first of its kind in the North of England.

Create Salford is filled with creative performances, workshops and activities that everyone is able to join in with.

A giant Perspex box, The Create Cube, will run all day built in the centre of MediaCityUK Piazza. It will be the stage to creative performances and exhibitions throughout the whole festival, showcasing the talent of Create Salford.

One exhibition that will be shown within The Create Cube is the work of internationally-renowned designer and maker Liam Hopkins, who is also the creator of Manchester’s creative studio Lazerian. He is planning an interactive artwork based on career advice from the university’s famous alumni. This will then go on to become a permanent fixture within the campus.

Theatre Company, Massive Owl, is set to perform their highly acclaimed show ‘We Used to Wait’ along with a piece produced with final year students called ‘Dirt to Dodge’ that explores the translation of a spaghetti western from screen to stage.

Final year comedy students will also get the chance to show off their talent in Stand up Salford, at the Dock Yard bar.

The award-winning interactive show Billy the Monster and Me, written by and starring the universities alumni will be shown, and is suitable for ages three and up. The show was voted Best Production at Manchester’s 24:7 Theatre Festival.

The finale comes from students and outdoor art experts Walk the Plank. This will feature an effortlessly choreographed performance including out of this world costumes, visuals and props.

Journalism students from the School of Arts and Media will be reporting and broadcasting throughout the festival including behind the scenes filming, interviews, Q&As and this will broadcast via their channels Quays TV and Shock FM.

The Create Salford festival exhibits the huge array of subjects taught at the school, with the relationship between the University and the media industry enabling the future of the creative sector in the North West.

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