Weekend Canal Festival just days away

There is less than a week until Stalybridge Gongoozler Fest. Friday 9th September marks the start of three days of events celebrating the canals of Tameside – a heritage that dates back over 200 years.

Although a gongoozler is someone who likes to watch the canal activities, everyone is welcome to come in and enjoy the weekend of activities based on Stalybridge’s status as the cultural city of Greater Manchester and on its unique position as a center of waterways and the arts.

It all starts on Friday with Street Fest, the popular monthly family street food event on and around the Place d’Armentières which offers delicious dishes for all tastes against a backdrop of entertainment (from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

On Saturday September 10, return to Place d’Armentières and the canal side for a day full of fun things to do.

In addition to live music for the full six hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a wide variety of free craft activities ranging from channel art hairstyles to quilt and paper making. You can also fold origami birds and leaves and then float them down the canal.

A variety of street performances will include stilt walkers, storytellers and canal characters. For those interested in dancing, there will be opportunities to join the Milltown Cloggies and Olivia Peers of Born and Bred Dance Company.

There will also be a caving experience and rock climbing wall as well as food stalls outside the Municipal Hall on Trinity Street.

Free kayaking workshops will be available on the canal, and a ‘waterwheel’ tribute to the cotton industry, featuring Fair Isle depictions of mills knitted by Rachael Elwell and the local community, will be on display.

The Gongoozler Fest will culminate on Sunday, September 11 with the Cotton Carnival (2-3pm) during which Global Grooves will recreate its contribution to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee competition held in London in June.

Cllr Sangita Patel, Deputy Executive Member of the Tameside Council for Culture, Heritage and Digital Inclusiveness, said: ‘Gongoozler Fest brings together so much of what Stalybridge is known for – waterways, music and culture – into one super and fun celebration. spectacular.

“It’s something everyone can get involved and enjoy – young people, seniors, businesses and community groups. It promises to be the biggest and best weekend Stalybridge has had in many years. I can’t wait for the countdown to end and the fun to begin.

Gongoozler Fest is organized by Tameside Cultural Services in collaboration with The Bridge Cultural Consortium and other partners.

It is a smoke-free event and visitors are thanked in advance for not smoking at the event so that Tameside is safe for children and families.

For more information, see www.intameside.co.uk

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