The free festival taking place in Salford this weekend

A daring and imaginative, free and family-friendly festival is taking place in Salford to celebrate the invention of the weekend, a world-changing moment that took place in Greater Manchester in 1843. Aptly named We Invented The Weekend, the festival will take place on September 10 and 11, opening all spaces and venues in MediaCity and Salford Quays, inviting tens of thousands of people to celebrate the joy of free time with a glorious mix of creative activities for all.

Screen printing, painting and poetry, a joint Sunday Roast, boat parties, bands, DJs, musical performances and a community orchestra, voguing, circus acts and Indian dance, fashion design and shopping will be offered. sustainability, sports and games, gardening and greening, as well as shows for your fashion, your vegetables and even your dog.

Festival highlights include:

The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic

Hundreds of local musicians and singers of all abilities and walks of life will join the BBC Philharmonic for a huge, joyful musical feast that will open the main stage on both days of the festival. Michael Betteridge (Artistic Director of The Sunday Boys – LBTQ+ low-voiced choir from Manchester) will conduct the piece and has also written ‘Docks Unlocked’, a special song based on an original poem by Salfordian poet, Lynn Walton, which celebrates the history of Salford Quays.

MediaCity Weekend stage on MediaCity Piazza, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, 12:30 p.m.

Lowry by the Lowry with local Salford artist and Goggleboxer Helena Worthington

Now it’s your turn to draw like Lowry! Join Gogglebox star and Salfordian artist, Helena Worthington, who will guide you through three different workshops centered on creating a self-portrait, painting your pet and finally capturing the local landscape exactly in the style of LS Lowry . Think thick paints, earthy color combinations and lots of fun!

Pier 8 Terrace at The Lowry, Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions by reservation and without appointment available.

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Weekend Woofers dog show

Does your dog have the wagging tail? From puppies to old dogs with new tricks, get stuck with this dog show. Brought to you by Animal Direction, the UK’s pet modeling experts, there are plenty of opportunities for your furry friend to win a prize during the festival weekend.

The Lowry Plaza, Saturday September 10: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Sunday September 11: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free reservation required to participate, no reservation required to watch.

Get Your Docks Off musical boat rides

Come aboard and celebrate the most iconic artists from Manchester’s legendary music scene and beyond! We Invented the Weekend is set to present Get Your Docks Off, a series of fabulous genre-themed canal cruises, navigating you through all of music’s best decades.

Manchester Ship Canal, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, at various times throughout the afternoon. £3 per person, book in advance. Options include: Disco 2000, House Music All Night Long, Disco, Disco, Disco, Northern Soul, Lovers Rock & Reggae, 90s R&B & Hip Hop, Country Cruising, 1980s Love Boat

The Big Sunday Roast with Eat Well MCR

Create your perfect Sunday at We Invented the Weekend. Join 100 diners at what will (temporarily) be Salford’s longest table as chef Mary-Ellen McTague cooks up one of the nation’s favorite dishes – the classic Sunday Roast complemented by stacks of Sunday paper Bloody Marys , a soothing vinyl soundtrack courtesy of Be Avec Records and your favorite Sunday TV. So bring your family, friends and an empty stomach and leave full of delicious food, knowing you’ve supported a fantastic cause. Is there a better way to spend a Sunday?

Upstairs at The Open (dock10 Studios), Sunday September 11, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. £30 per adult/£10 for under 14s (ticket price funds 50 community meals).


Wicked Wicketz, soccer skills and a whole bag full of sports

Do you feel inspired by Freddie Flintoff and his friends? Come see if you can hit the Wicketz with the Lancashire Cricket Foundation Inflatable Bowling Cage. The festival also sees the revival of Quay Culture’s Color Swim – a unique fusion of open water swimming, live samba music and dance. If you want to get out on the water without getting (too) wet, try a katakanu courtesy of the Salford Watersports Centre.

If you’d rather stay on terra firma, join the highly successful Manchester United Foundations Street Reds football sessions or learn some skateboarding skills with Northern Rolling. There will be initiation sessions for the whole family, from parachute games to kettlebells, and whether you are walking, squatting, jumping, running or just want to try something new, the team will will move.

Saturday September 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday September 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions by reservation and walk-in sessions available.

Free Time Parade – the festival finale

Design Art Studio Mikesian will set up for you to make a sign proclaiming what the weekend means to you now, or what you wish it to be in the future – celebrate free time, reclaim work balance- life or take the time to campaign for positive currency. Signs will be displayed in the shop during the festival weekend.

Sunday September 11, from 3 p.m. Plus, sign workshops all weekend at the Open Center.

Check out all the events happening at We Invented The Weekend here.

Christy J. Olson