• Beth

Rhythmshawe Festival!

Updated: Apr 23

Creative City partnered with Reform Radio, Manchester International Festival and Manchester Libraries to support a group of young people to run Rhythmshawe at Wythenshawe Forum Library, a day of free interactive activities and performances.

Hundreds of people attended this fantastic audio-themed festival! The day comprised of different stages and activities with a jam packed schedule.

The youth takeover celebrated libraries as places to enjoy the arts and get creative for free, setting out the young people's vision of what the future of libraries should be, using sound.

Rhythmshawe invited library goers to try songwriting, beat-making and DJing, to enjoy live music performances, amongst the books, dancing, and a live radio broadcast on featuring a panel discussion about getting into music and radio industries.

Young workshop goers jumped behind the mic to share their rap songs, and visitors were welcomed on stage to share their favourite music tracks within a special ‘Stories in Sound’ section. People recorded adverts for libraries of the future with Wythenshawe FM. The Sound Picnic helped tots create tunes using instruments and see them recorded using Logic music software.

All this was accompanied by delicious plant-based tacos and brownies, and enlightening entertainment from Cedric the robot!

You can listen again to the brilliant live broadcast from the festival.

It’ll also be shared on Wythenshawe FM on Thursday 27thFeb 2-4pm.

The festival was planned by the young people during weekly workshops at the Library, co-delivered by Reform Radio, MIF and Creative City. The group have been meeting up since October 2019.

The group formed following a project led by Reform Radio at Wythenshawe Forum Library. Reform Radio helps young unemployed adults aged 18-30 gain creative digital skills, confidence and get into employment.

Rhythmshawe festival was brought to Wythenshawe Forum Library by a group of young Mancunians as part of MIF’s Festival in My Neighbourhood series, welcomed by Manchester Libraries as part of their Creative Spaces programme.

Through the Creative Spaces programme so far, Wythenshawe Forum Library has been transformed though music, dance and all sorts of arts and craft activities. Rhythmshawe festival built on this success by inviting residents to experience something new at a unique community-led event in the setting of the library’s warm and welcoming space. Creative City is Creative Producer for Manchester Libraries’ Creative Spaces Initiative.

Photography credit: Oliver Holliday-Smith