Macbeth

A country scarred by war, traumatised by a complete breakdown of law and order. Into this chaos steps a military hero, spurred on by his ambitious wife, and a dangerous fascination with witchcraft. Transforming the Union Mill building in Bolton, Read more…


Conflicts of Interest

Whose side are you on? Would you fight for your country? Your religion? Your playstation? New poetry & music about culture clash as Speakeasy People take an audience hostage from 9pm till 2am. 5 hours of soulpoetry, hiphop, nusoul, R&B;, Read more…


National Poetry Day at the Library Theatre

We celebrate National Poetry Day with returning favourite Val Bloom. Val was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and came to England in 1979. A consummate poet, Val has performed widely in Britain and the Caribbean including the Edinburgh, WOMAD and Hay Read more…


Kamau Brathwaite

Litfest is proud to present a giant of world literature in a rare UK performance – a unique opportunity to connect with one of Caribbean poetry’s most inspired sons. Kamau Brathwaite will be in discussion with SuAndi obe lead artist Read more…


Sam Mangwana and the African Allstars

Sam Mangwana is one of the superstars of African music. Born in Congo to Angolan parents, his music epitomized the Pan -African ideals of post-colonial Africa. Never one to stand still, he has embraced a whole mix of musical styles Read more…


El Anatsui: Gawu

Gawu is a striking exhibition featuring large-scale works, including giant wall cloths, made from discarded metal objects such as bottle tops, aluminium plates and copper wire. El Anatsui is one of Africa’s most powerful contemporary artists. Originally from Ghana, he Read more…


Gawu Education Project

During the Gawu exhibition local students and their tutors are working with textile artist Elaine Brett. The artwork that they create,inspired by El Anatsui’s work, will be on display in the gallery foyer. Elaine and the students will adapt El Read more…


Manchester’s Black History Made Sample: an exhibition curated by Dominique Tessier

What do the following have in common: Shirley Bassey, Louis Armstrong, Paul Robeson, the first Black professional footballer, and Othello? Answer: Manchester. Dominique has been researching Black history resources in Central Library and has found fascinating stories of how the Read more…


Something for the Weekend Sir!

Straight out of the North, inspired by the work of, Jean Baptist Mondino, David Bailey Bufalo in The Face, ID and other lifestyle magazines, Wayne Simmons was bought a camera as a child and it all started from thereā€¦ Wayne Read more…