Introducing Manchester United Foundation x MIF Talent Showcase

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MANCHESTER UNITED FOUNDATION AND MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PARTNER IN A CELEBRATION OF YOUNG TALENT

Secondary schools from across Greater Manchester are taking part in a talent showcase as part of Manchester International Festival (1-18 July) in a new collaboration between Manchester International Festival (MIF) and Manchester United Foundation.

Judged by former England and Manchester United player and MIF board member Gary Neville and representatives from MIF and Manchester United Foundation, finalists from eight local schools have been selected to perform on Saturday 3 July, live on Festival Square, the hub of MIF in Manchester city centre.

The project has been developed in response to the extraordinary situation many young people have faced over the last year and offers an opportunity for pupils to increase their confidence and wellbeing, alongside providing a platform to develop and showcase young talent across the city.

Below we introduce the performers who have been selected from the Manchester United Foundation partner schools across Greater Manchester. They include dance acts, a rap artist, singers and a band from Great Academy Ashton (Tameside), St Cuthbert’s RC High School (Rochdale), Copley Academy (Tameside), Dean Trust Ardwick (Longsight), Middleton Technology School (Rochdale), Werneth School (Stockport), Waterhead Academy (Oldham), and Loretto High School (Chorlton).

Located in Cathedral Gardens, Festival Square offers food, drink, free entertainment and family activities throughout the Festival from over 100 artists from Manchester and across the UK.

Joining Manchester groups such as KYSO, Chorus of Others and other Greater Manchester performers selected through a public call out earlier this year, the showcase finalists will perform on Festival Square on Saturday 3 July from 12-2pm as part of Our City Our Festival – a free day-long event celebrating the diversity and talent within Greater Manchester communities.

Ardwick

Ashton

Copley

Loretto

Mid Tech

St Cuthbert's

Waterhead

Werneth