As one of the city’s most diverse and colourful communities, it’s only fitting that Hulme should have its own festival to celebrate its artistic heritage.

So on July 30th, more than 2000 local residents are expected to descend on Hulme Park to join the fun at Hulme Festival; a community and charity spirited, free family event celebrating local music, arts, food and comedy.

Three stages will host live music all day and night, reflecting a diverse mix of sounds from folk and indie to roots and reggae.

There’ll also be a Youth Stage, celebrating Hulme’s new generation of talent, a comedy and spoken word arena, dance workshops, performing arts and theatre, and a chill out tent supported by Manchester charity The Big Life Group, which will offer plenty of relaxing holistic therapies throughout the day.

Hulme Park will be bustling with stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to delicious foods. In fact, with so many rich culinary influences thanks to Hulme’s diverse community, a whole section of the festival called ‘The Kitchen’ will be dedicated to food education and – more importantly – food enjoyment.

There’ll be plenty to for everyone to get involved with too – from textile workshops and craft areas to family friendly activities and a ‘Kid Zone’ adventure playground.

Something that’s definitely not to be missed at Hulme Festival is Arcspace Manchester’s Dance Off, where youth and community groups across the world work together with choreographers and DJs to create a spontaneous International event via video link.

There’ll also be loads going on over the road at the Zion Arts Centre – the beating heart of Hulme’s cultural activity. To celebrate its 100th anniversary – and it’s looking pretty good for its age – Zion is hosting a VE Day style 1940’s street party with plenty of food, drink, community spirit and (we hope), plenty of birthday cake.

It’s going to be a fantastic, family friendly day full of music, fun, food and colour, and an opportunity for Manchester residents to come together, celebrate, and find out more about this diverse and community minded pocket of their city. We can’t wait!

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