Top Events Northwest 16-23 Oct | Open Circuit Festival, Best of BE Festival + Carefully Planned

Zap by Simon Jay Catling | 16 Oct 2014
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Top Events Northwest 16-23 Oct | Open Circuit Festival, Best of BE Festival + Carefully Planned


1. Open Circuit Festival

Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool. Sat 18-Fri 24 Oct, times vary, free


A week before Liverpool Music Week, Open Circuit Festival host their own run of free events at the VG and M's Leggate Theatre and Waterhouse Cafe. Among a startlingly well-curated lineup of forward-thinking composers and producers is glitch electronica pioneer and Oval founder Markus Popp, who discusses his 20+ year career before performing solo on Tue 21 Oct. Tri-Angle Records' Vessel will be joined by local ensemble IMMIX for a special version of the Syndrome Sessions, on Wed 22 Oct; but the unheralded highlight could be Jonny Greenwood collaborator and London Contemporary Orchestra member Oliver Coates (pictured). The cellist will be performing solo renditions of his thrillingly abrasive string arrangements on the opening night. Full listings here.



2. Best of BE Festival

Number One First Street, Manchester. Fri 17-Sat 18 Oct, 7.30pm, £15 (£13) here


HOME continues to tease us, as it puts the finishing touches to its new arts hub on First Street. The new home of the Cornerhouse has already put on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet at Victoria Baths and the Royal Exchange respectively; now it's opening up part of First Street itself, in the form of a makeshift 120-capacity theatre. Over two nights, the space will house the highlights of this year's BE Festival. The Birmingham-born showcase features some of European theatre's most anticipated works, including Waiting (pictured), Iraq-born director Mokhallad Rasem's choreographed meditations on the reasons we find ourselves lingering.


3. A Carefully Planned Festival

Various venues, Manchester. Sat 18-Sun 19 Oct, times vary, £10 (£15 weekend) here


Now in its fourth year, A Carefully Planned Festival has grown to take over most of the Northern Quarter's more prominent venues with no other agenda than to share the organisers' favourite independently minded artists in a public setting. This year, that means the likes of country-influenced songwriter Jo Rose (pictured), just back in Manchester from a tour with First Aid Kit; while other names to keep an eye out for include Finders Keepers' chameleonic Jane Weaver, the harsh minimalism of guitar four-piece Housewives from Brighton, and the energetic instrumental noise rock of Yorkshire stalwarts That Fucking Tank. Full listings here.


4. Citizenfour

FACT, Liverpool. Fri 17 Oct, 8pm, prices vary here


In January 2013 filmmaker Laura Poitras started receiving encrypted e­mails from someone identifying himself as 'citizenfour'. What followed was, of course, Ed Snowden's world-pausing revelations around the lengths that the US Government was going to in order to keep watch over its citizens. Citizenfour captures the pivotal events of last year, its shooting coinciding with Snowden's encounters with Poitras herself. The screening runs in tandem with the UK premiere in London, and will also feature a streamed Q&A session with Poitras herself from the 58th London Film Festival. 


5. Fatima

24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool. Fri 17 Oct, 8pm, £10 (£8) here


The latest Hot Plate clubnight sees Eglo Records' Fatima drop in for a headlining set. With her roots in soul and R'n'B, Fatima's more song-based approach to writing makes her a good fit for Eglo, which, founded by Floating Points, has sought to take a more direct route to people's ears with its burgeoning roster. She'll be joined by The Eglo Live Band as well as label co-head Alexander Nut for the latest in 24 Kitchen Street's impressive schedule of parties.


The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Snow North comes to Manchester

The world's finest ski resorts are set to descend on The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show North at the end of October, with free lift passes and show-only deals on offer, as well as hundreds of stands from which to get expert advice, and chances to meet Olympic athletes!

The winter weekender also features spectacular demos from the Animal Bike Tour, as well as an après party to remember on Sat 25 Oct, hosted by Snowbombing. Tickets for this are only £4!

The perfect start to the winter season takes place from 24-26 Oct in EventCity, Manchester. Save £2 off adult tickets by quoting 'Skinny' when booking tickets. Terms and conditions apply.


6. Manchester Artists' Book Fair

The Holden Gallery, Manchester. Fri 17-Sat 18 Oct, 11am, free


Run in association with the Manchester School of Art, Hot Bed Press' Manchester Artists' Book Fair has become one of the most renowned hubs for book arts in the UK. This year, the two-day event promises more than 40 stalls featuring a dizzying array of interpretations and re-configurations of the book form, with everything from leatherbound books and 'zines to posters, letterpress and wooden type and handprinted paper, all for sale from some of the finest book artists nationwide.


7. Jerusalem in My Heart

The Kazimier, Liverpool. Mon 20 Oct, 7.30pm. £6.50 here


The project of Lebanon-via-Canada producer and musician Radwan Ghazi, Jerusalem in My Heart is an improvised piece of work that has never been performed live the same way twice. Ghazi does draw on a constant core of influences, his sets often circling around Arabian folk and psychedelia – however, the idea beyond that is that each performance takes inspiration from its immediate surroundings, so it'll be fascinating to witness what he makes of the setting of the Kazimier


8. Everything Must Go

Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester. Thu 16 Oct, 6pm, free


Before they split between Manchester and San Francisco, art collective OWT are hosting a final exhibition at Twenty Twenty Two, using the event as an excuse to invite all their pals and past collaborators to come down and flaunt their wares. The open show features prints and designs by some of the region's most talented artists and illustrators, with names set to appear including Dutch Uncles and Tri-Angle Records sleeve designers DR.ME (pictured) and sci-fi obsessed freelance illustrator himHallows, whose most prominent work is perhaps the mural design covering the front of Soup Kitchen.


9. Screen Stockport

The Plaza, Stockport. Thu 16 Oct, 10.30am, £6.50 (£5) here


First running in 2011, Screen Stockport has become a valuable part of the regional film community's calendar, offering a platform for independent filmmakers via a host of awards, with international, national, regional, college and school categories all available to enter. It also allows these rising talents to mix with more established names who've progressed from the Northwest scene. Dreams of a Life maker Carol Morley is this year's guest speaker, while the headlining film is Frank, in-part inspired by the late Frank Sidebottom and starring Michael Fassbender.  


10. Off the Page

Various venues, Liverpool. Sat 18 Oct, 11am, free


Taking over a variety of venues for the day, Off the Page offers a series of activities aimed at showcasing the literary talent currently blooming in Merseyside. Horatio Clare (pictured) is among the published writers who will be on hand to provide expertise, give readings of their work and offer feedback to young writers on their material. The award-winning Clare will be reading from his book Ships, while Andrew McMillan is among a host of poets performing during the day. The full schedule can be found here.

Video of the Week: Vashyti Bunyan


The Godmother of Freak Folk, Vashti Bunyan invited us into her Edinburgh home to talk a little about the songs and story behind her new and, apparently, final album, Heartleap. In the first of a short series of sessions with Vashti, here she plays us the title track.


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