Next month, THIS VIBRANT THING, takes over three of Manchester’s libraries with a dazzling array of creative experiences: festival style.

Watch, listen, take-part and enjoy as creativity transforms libraries throughout March. Creative Changemakers, Platform Mcr, are behind the event, and here we catch up with their inspiring Co-Founder and Director, Tunde Adekoya, to find out exactly what to expect from this spring’s highlight at Manchester’s libraries.

Tunde Adekoya
Tunde Adekoya

What can people expect from THIS VIBRANT THING?
There will be all sorts! From live music, yoga, spoken word, art exhibitions and workshops, dancers, installations and food. Expect to see your libraries like you’ve never seen them before – full of energy and a diversity of people and art forms all under one roof.

Why should people come?
Because we believe in representation and representation means turning up and being present. And why not, when there will be a lot to engage in for all groups; whether young or older – it’s about being seen and heard.

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Where did the idea for THIS VIBRANT THING come from?
It came from the understanding that our local communities have the most talent and the most creativity. And of course, this creativity needs a platform to showcase itself and its vibrancy. It’s a thing, and it’s vibrant. I suppose the name and the idea is fitting.

What are the top three highlights not to miss in the line-up?
In my opinion, all of it – but I’m really looking forward to 8 Gold Rings performing alongside some of most talented individuals Manchester has to offer including Abnormal Sleepz, HMD and Mica Millar. I’m also looking forward to a spot of yoga at Longsight library, attending art workshops at Wythenshawe Forum and watching steel pans players at North City. But then there’s so much to choose from including the exhibitions and installations at all libraries…it will all be a highlight!

Who is the festival for?
For all who have a passion for the idea of community, the arts and creativity. We would love everyone to take part, and be part of the transformations happening in this city’s libraries, as we celebrate libraries as creative spaces…#MCRCreativeSpaces

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What are you looking forward to most about the event?
Seeing the libraries busy with all age groups and cultures which represent the communities that they serve. Also, the ideas that may come out of the event: we really want people to feedback about their experiences and what other events and projects that they would like to see taking place in libraries.

Describe THIS VIBRANT THING in three words?
Haven’t you said it already????

Event information

Sat 3 March 2018, 12-5pm, Longsight Library
Sat 17 March 2018, 12-5pm, Wythenshawe Forum Library
Sat 24 March 2018, 12-5pm, North City Library
Free event, no need to book just come along.
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THIS VIBRANT THING is part of Creative Spaces, which celebrates Manchester’s libraries as places to have fun through arts and culture. From dance and music to visual art and storytelling, libraries offer all sorts of creative opportunities on your doorstep to enjoy. Be part of your local library and enjoy new experiences local to you.

THIS VIBRANT THING is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery, The Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Granada Foundation, AGMA, Greater Manchester Arts