Levenshulme’s Jumble Trail is returning on Sunday 10th of September for another mammoth jumblefest stretching the entire Levenshulme circumference again. For all the details of how to join in or come and look around, go here
Carly Ralph (aka Carly Warly) is the official jumble champion for Levenshulme, coordinating the event and make sure it’s bigger and better than before. She adds:
“Each event keeps getting bigger and better with stalls outside houses and in local spaces across Levenshulme selling all kinds of wonderful treats and treasures!
It’s a fantastic day for all the family to de-clutter, get out, make some money, meet the neighbours, bag some bargains and make new friends!”
With over a fortnight to go, there are already 57 stalls confirmed, from West Point Garden’s 5 pitches and The Klondyke’s too, acting as anchor spots for the rest of the trek. Coffee Crank’s will be pitched up selling refreshments and this year we have word that the sandwich kings of Levenshulme – Pastrami Now will be pitching up outside their home to keep us from fainting of hunger and Panther & Elephanthave got some ice cold beers on tap at their pitch too!
We predict it’s going to reach 100 stalls, whether they are serving cakes, doing it for charity or getting rid of weird and wonderful household things you never knew you needed so much.
We recommend you get your comfiest shoes on and your granny shoppers at the ready!
Along with the might of the Jumble Trail itself, another, equally exciting venture is taking place at The Klondyke on Sunday between 2pm and 4pm when you’re all shopped out with the kids.
Familie Rave in Levenshulme
Familie is a new family friendly, cool as a disco cucumber rave for kids and their parents, set up by two wonderful Levy woman, Rebecca Rodgers and Anne Robinson…an idea conceived on a boozy and dancy night out in Levenshulme no less.
It promises to be a celebration of music and dance for all the family and even has a top local DJ, playing soul, funk, latin and disco in AGENT J aka Jamie Groovement.
The rules are, all children must accompanied by an adult and it’s aimed at babies from 0 up to kids as old as 8.
Also, 10% of your ticket price will be given to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to help with the amazing work they do, so you can dance in the knowledge you’re doing good!
Rebecca Rogers, one of the organisers says:
“The idea was bring family’s and friends together in Levenshulme through their love of dance and music. Food and drink will available to purchase at the venue on the day. So get your glow stick ready and bring your best dancing moves it should be a great family day out! “
Entry £2.00 per child and £3.00 per Adult – Family Tickets available as well. Rave On!
Levenshulme Pride as a concept has been milling about for some years. There’s a contented and long established community of LGBT+ people who have been part of the wider community of business owners, allotment tenders and market goers that reside happily in Levenshulme. It was the disturbance of two of those residents happily walking down the ‘GAY6’ holding hands, being called ‘faggots’ by some random which prompted a big swell of support for them on social media and a desire to do something positive.
It was only a matter of time before an idea became a meeting and a meeting became a committee and a committee became a force to be reckoned with and just like that (months and months of hard work by all…) the first Levenshulme Pride has emerged for us all to enjoy on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August. We can’t wait to enjoy all the hard work.
Who’s Behind Levenshulme Pride?
Sparked off by local resident Robert Fleming who arranged the initial meetings at the always gay friendlyKlondyke (also Levenshulme Pride HQ for the event) and pulled together the core team of organisers. Levenshulme Community Association chair Jeremy Hoad has played a supporting role as chair of Levenshulme Pride along with other community groups and local businesses rallying around to help.
It really has been all grassroots, with life long residents like Sharlene Decourcey pulling together bits n bobs, helping with a bumper raffle prize selection and spreading the word with her local knowledge, Lisa Effberg who helped arrange the Pie n Mash up event and Ali Hanbury, a new resident to Levenshulme who brings with her support and expertise from her work at The Proud Trust.
“I’m excited to be helping organise Levenshulme Pride. I moved here last year knowing how positive and community orientated it is here. Sadly prejudice exists everywhere but the response from residents, businesses and local groups has been brilliant! I can’t wait for the weekend to meet many more people and feel part of something so special.”
There’s been a real push to get the whole high street involved in some way, the shop windows have been plastered with Levenshulme Pride posters, local radio ALL FM have been plugging away and local business sponsors have been key to making the event possible.
Levenshulme Pride Sponsors
It would be churlish not to name drop the key supporters and local good guys who have given their cash and goods to make the event happen. Well done all, here’s a few words from the sponsors:
“We’ve been established for 10 years and have built a solid and reliable reputation covering Levenshulme and the whole of South Manchester and Trafford. From one room to full house decoration and external work M&R offer a reliable, friendly and trustworthy experience and are delighted to be involved with Levenshulme Pride”
“Lawrence has backed our idea from the start, and it’s great to have such huge support. The Union Pub will be their venue of choice for the Pride Weekender and if anyone has noticed….it’s had a little make over today (rainbow flags!) “
“We’re based in the Antiques Village on Stockport Road, our speciality is painted furniture using environmentally friendly Frenchic and we also offer a bespoke upholstery service. I’m a local resident and really proud to be a member of the organisation team too.”
“With ‘The Levenshulme’ being one of our popular public houses in the Manchester area we are very pleased to announce we are proud to be supporting the first ever Levenshulme Pride. The Levenshulme hosts a wide range of artists as we continue the building of the bridge with the LGBTQ Community.”
Shine is a main sponsor of Levenshulme Pride. A well loved local hairdressers with big hearts and bags of community spirit, they are really excited to be part of the event. They’re part of the Inspire to Shine march along the A6 on Saturday and are hosting a Mad Hatters Tea Party 12.00-16.00 on Sunday 13th August. Everyone is welcome.
The wonderful team from Manchester will be attending the first ever Levenshulme Pride. Come down and enjoy the fun, find our team of staff and foster carers and ask anything you can think of about fostering. We look forward to meeting you at The Klondyke
Without further ado, here’s a run down of some of the highlights of the Levenshulme Pride weekender.
FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST
7PM – The Klondyke hosts Pie ‘n’ Mash Up – an evening of pie, performance and prose.
8PM – The Levenshulme hosts Crazy World of Avril Taylor with tributes to Tina Turner and Cher
Saturday 12th August
12pm til 7pm – Pride Alldayer at The Klondyke (Pride HQ)- Awareness stalls, bouncy castle and games, Circus House Workshops, big raffle with amazing prizes, Live music including Canter Semper, DJ Sets, Prosecco bar, Cocktail bar and much much more.
10am til 4pm – Levenshulme Market – The market is getting a Levenshulme Pride makeover, including rainbow bunting commissioned from Betty’s Bunting for the event, a Pride market stall and entertainment from Publik Sektor who describe themselves as Pre-war, post-punk, semi-funk, proto-rap, post-madonna, prima donna beat combo, aboard the transmancunian musicographic co-operatic carnivalesque express!
10am til 5pm – Inspire Fun Day – Summer treats at the Inspire cafe including brunch (10am – 3pm), Information and stalls for all the family (11am – 3pm), Children’s activities, rainbow and glitter face painting (11am – 3pm), LGBTQI Youth Zone (3.30pm – 5pm)
2pm – The Levenshulme – Afternoon Cabaret – 80’s, 90’s and 00’s music, enjoy the beer garden out the back
2pm – Inspire to Shine – A joyful community walk from Inspire community centre to Shine Hair & Beauty along the A6 to celebrate LGBT+ Pride in Levenshulme.
8pm – The Klondyke – Adult Only Cabaret – Including Jackie Hagan, Tuck and the Binders, Queery game show and Charlie Kane.
8pm- The Klondyke – Loose in Levy – Party the night away to some cool tunes courtesy of the Loose DJ’s, expect Soundtrack, soul, disco, electronica, funk, pop etc…
8pm – The Levenshulme – Drag Hostess DJ – Playing all the favourite RnB tunes. Til 1:30am.
Sunday 13th of August
12pm – 4pm – Shine Hair & Beauty – Mad Hatters Tea Party! Go along and enjoy the cakes and tea and fun.
12pm till late – The Klondyke – Prosecco & Chill – Outdoor bar and food including our outdoor prosecco bar and Sunday roast. Bouncy castle, stalls, local live acts and dJ sets and Circus House running workshops 12pm til 2pm.
12pm til late – The Levenshulme – Sunday BBQ and Cabaret – chilled BBQ vibes in the afternoon, followed by the Show Team Cabaret into the evening.
6:30pm – The Klondyke – Loving Her, Loving Him – pay what you feel preview of new political romance play.
7pm – The Klondyke – Loose in Levy – A second chance to have a dance courtesy of the Loose DJ’s, expect more tunes and a Sunday vibe.
Hope that’s enough info to be getting on with, enjoy your weekend and show your support for the first Levenshulme Pride Weekender!
A brand new concept for the Klondyke, situated on Burnage Range a hop, skip and jump away from The Buttery on Albert Road. The Levenshulme Dining Club aka The KlonDine Club is due to launch on the 4th of August.
It’s a series of pop up restaurant weekends, in a newly configured area of The Klondyke. It will be a private dining experience, in the members area of the venue, promising a restaurant feel and restaurant quality dishes, with prices for starters around £6 pounds and mains not exceeding £10 (unless its lobster or a sharing board so we’ve been told)
There will be an anchor trader, Nasi Lemak who will be in situ on the first weekend of the month (initially Friday and Saturday for the first three months) and there’ll be guest restaurants each subsequent weekend.
Jim Khor, owner of Nasi Lemak is keen to keep standards of cooking high. He’s has hand picked the chefs involved with an emphasis on skill and quality ingredients. He says all the guests chefs need to do is:
” Focus on the food, plating up well, good table service and doing their own washing up!”
He also throws the emphasis on raising the standards of quality of food in the area and inviting street food traders to scrap the disposable nature of street food and raise their game:
” If traders want to serve street food, they can stay on the kerb side”
There will be two sittings each night and up to 45 covers in the space. Early doors at 6:15pm and a second at 8:15pm with last orders at 10pm.
There will be table service, linen, crockery, soft lighting and mood music…even some live acoustic acts from time to time to help the chefs set the mood to their dishes.
Who’s behind the new pop- up restaurant concept?
The man that brought you ‘Secret Diner Levy’ is on the loose again. Jim Khor, who we met with at Inspire Cafe for a chat about the new venture, has gone into partnership with Les James at The Klondyke. Expectations are high and they’re both confident the area is going to embrace the new venture.
We’ve been informed there are new wine selections on order and two new beer lines have been put in which will have two types of Shindigger for the discerning beer palate of Levenshulme. That’s on top of the wide selection of premium gins available and fever tree tonics, served in huge goblets!
Will The KlonDine Club stand out from other pop-ups in Manchester?
There’s a few things which set this venture apart. Firstly, there will be some walk ups allowed. This is more like a casual restaurant style than a pre-planned pay in advance pop-up that you tend to find elsewhere. You can also book in for a time you want, rather than a set time, set menu, set cost! It’s inventive and risky. We like it.
Importantly, there is an in-house app which allows the bulk of bookings to run smoothly. You can pick by your availability or by the pop-up restaurant you fancy. Genius.
Next up, the location. The Klondyke is not just a venue, it’s a local institution. It’s a bizarre, eccentric and wonderful mix of members club, snooker hall, function suite, festival space and community bar. At any one time you can have people exhibiting fashion shows, others doing a clothes swap night, goth bands rocking out in the 200 capacity venue, a fun family day in the large green space with ice cream vans in the car park and a darts tournament running. It’s the hippest little secret Levenshulme has to offer and it’s for EVERYONE. You never know what’s on after your meal, gig or reggae dance night but there’s no doubt you can get involved.
Les James, the owner has amazing ideas and has invested a ton of money in the new kitchen and outside area to keep it evolving the new restaurant is an extension of the evolution.
Vegan options on every menu. Jim Khor is keen to be inclusive of plant eaters on his menu and has agreed the vegan ethos with all of the traders . He says ” there will be a vegan offering, forever.” and adds for his own menu, he will make sure you can “eat the same dish, same name with a vegan substitute.”
A Members Club discount. If you really want to make the most of the nights you book into, you should sign up to be a member of The Klondyke. It costs £15 annually and you get 10% off all of your drink purchases.
What’s coming up in the next 3 months?
A full rundown of the the weekends below:
Friday 4th & Saturday 5th August – Nasi Lemak – Malaysian Street Cuisine
Friday 11th & Saturday 12th August – (booked for Levenshulme Pride)
Friday 18th & Saturday 19th August – Qué Delicia – Portugese Street Food
Friday 25th & Saturday 26th August – Meating Room – Home cooked Pakistani Cuisine
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September – Nasi Lemak – Malaysian Street Cuisine
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th September – MC Street Food – Mauritian Dishes
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th September – Veso Kitchen – Indian Food
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd September – La Cantina – Spanish Tapas
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September – I Knead Pizza – Italian Dishes
Friday 6th & Saturday 7th October – Nasi Lemak – Malaysian Street Cuisine
In order for The KlonDine Club to work, customers will be relied upon to book a spot in advance to allow the pop-up restauranteurs to source quality ingredients for their weekend. There will be an allowance of walk-ins for each of the nights but to make sure it is a lasting success prospective diners will need to go to the online booking service to support the indie businesses!
Jim says he expects people to come from neighbouring suburbs like the Heatons, Altrincham and Wilmslow adding that when he ran the Secret Diner in Levy over half of his diners where from other areas. So the advice from us is snap up some spaces before the cheshire set take over!
Everyone is going mad for a bit of Manchester International Festival lately which is understandable given the far reaching advertising banners, posters, TV news bits and copious Guardian articles, its culturally and artistically diverse programme and its existing international profile…
However, if you’re truly down with the kids in Manchester you may know that the launch of Manifest Arts Festivalhappened just last night (Wed 5th July) and that it is well worth making this weekend (6th to the 9th of July) as free as possible to venture into the world of this evolving contemporary visual arts festival.
The festival has been set up by three wonderful local visual artists, Elisa Artesero, Roger Bygott and John Lynch and its aim is to showcase the talent of North West based artists.
The festival will feature over 30 events, exhibitions and workshops across venues in Manchester, Salford and Bolton.
With 15 premieres of new work and exhibitions, 10 open studios, 1 workshop, 3 artist/curator talks, 1 performance, 3 specially extended exhibitions, over 300 artists and even an official tea, this year is set to be even bigger and better than the festival’s pilot in 2015. All but one of the events are free to attend.
What’s happening in Levenshulme?
Levenshulme’s artists are of course involved in Manifest and Bankley locals are hosting a special set of events across Levenshulme as part of the larger programme.
Bankley Gallery our local art gallery and exhibition space based on Bankley Street behind Stockport Road, a hidden gem hosts Echo Chamber, an exhibition curated by the artists based there.
Each studio holder has chosen an object from their studio that holds special significance for them…a personal token, side products of the studio practice that never get shown, objects of inspiration, a certain tool.
The exhibition offers a new insight and a different perspective into the studio practice of these artists, the exhibition also features new documentation and discourse from the artists examining the role of the studio and their practice. Sounds very interesting indeed!
Preview Thurs 6th July 7-9pm, open Saturday 8th 12-4pm
Bankley Open Studios: To coincide with the Echo Chamber exhibition, artists will be opening their studios to the public offering further insight into studio practice. Saturday 8th July 12-4pm In previous years it had been outstanding to see the level of work taking place on the three floors of the Bankley Studios space at their Open Studios, We really encourage you to visit the Levenshulme based artists on your doorstep!
Finally, taking art onto the high street, artist Axel Bottenberg has installed his new work on Stockport Road’s Children’s Society Charity Shop window.
The piece entitled Back to the Charity Shop is inspired by pop art from the 60s onwards and embarks on a journey into hacked objects, toys and figurines sourced from local charity shops. Here, Alex re-presents the resulting artworks in the shops he first found them in. Go and have a look from Thursday 6th July 9am-8pm. Friday to Sunday 9am-5pm
Along with the local stuff, don’t forget to check out thefull programmeof events at this marvellous, homegrown contemporary visual arts festival. To Levenshulme and beyond in the quest for new art!
On the 30th of July 2017, The Ginnel Gathering will take place in and around the back alleys (a network of ginnels if you’re right northern) of Henderson Street in Levenshulme ( and adjoining streets). How big it is depends on a crowdfunding campaign…
What Is it?
Based on the idea on an annual neighbourhood festival in the Exemple district of Barcelona, The Ginnel Gathering is the concept of Geli Berg, local resident and world music promoter with an active interest in the local community.
The concept has since evolved wth the involvement of local neighbours on the streets and the community has taken steps to to re-purpose the alleyways of their homes into exciting, vibrant festival zones for the day, each with their own theme. The idea that each alley will celebrate the diversity of the area with community event spaces for workshops and performances.
Why Is It Happening?
Manchester City Council have stumped up the cash for a portion of the event to take place through a local Neighbourhood Investment Fund.
They see the value of the event as a celebration of local cultures coming together and understand the pro-active approach to solving the issues faced locally with the back alleys in the area which are notorious for fly tipping and poor up-keep. Geli Berg, local organiser adds:
“The Henderson Street neighbourhood consists of a wonderful mix of people from all over the world, together with a high number of freelance creatives; but the only thing which lets the neighbourhood down is the state of the network of ginnels, or alleyways, which interlace the 13 streets of the area.These spaces attract petty crime and fly-tipping and I wanted to do something to make things better”
How Can It Be Bigger AND Better?
In order for the full festivities to run, the organisers need to raise £7,698.This will cover the costs of events in three extra ginnels, event training, project management, marketing and other festival costs.
There is under one week to go and they are currently at 95% of their target…one last push so get supporting the crowdfunding campaign here!
The challenge for the group behind the initiative is to crowdfund for this portion of cash to allow the festival participants to fully embrace the concept and bring 3 additional ‘ginnel takeovers’ with live music and managed events by the actual residents and trained up by local creative professionals.
If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, the instigators of the most popular ideas will be trained in event organisation and awarded £500 each to produce a programme of events in a ginnel around their chosen theme.
Two hundred pounds of the total amount will also be paid to a professional creative from the neighbourhood to help develop their idea, thus also developing the local creative economy.
cover the cost of events in three ginnels, event training, project management, marketing and all other festival costs, 53% of which has been pledged within the three weeks of the five week campaign. These are some of the concepts below!
A children’s ginnel with a programme of activities and games from around the world
A green/wellbeing ginnel
A ginnel celebrating West African arts and culture.
A ginnel celebrating Jamaican culture
A ginnel of Grannies & Grandads, with elderly people sharing memories and advice
A ginnel resembling a Syrian wedding with all the associated traditions
A ginnel showcasing the diverse music of the neighbourhood
How To Get Involved
On Saturday 1st July, The Ginnel Gathering crew will be taking to Levenshulme Market where they will hosting a community stall to help promote the campaignl in its final week along with the future festival generally.
You can learn all about the festival, the programme and how to take part as a performer or a punter. Make sure you pay them a visit and show them your support with the pledge as well!
It’s all kicking off down Levenshulme again, in a good way of course! Yes, there’s more to do than we could possibly fit in to one quick run down but we’ll share a few top tips to keep you occupied this weekend. Here goes!
What’s On Friday 23rd June?
Quiz Night and Fundraising
The excellent, kind and cat crazy crew Rescue Kitties MCR are having a fundraiser and quiz night at Freds Ale House this coming Friday 23rd June at 8pm.
Founded by lovely local ladies, Dawn Robertson and and Hannah Dayea Catahan in June 2016 and helped by a small army of cat lovers in Levenshulme and beyond. These ladies literally scoop up stray and feral cats, scan, nurture, bring back to health, foster and re-home all from the warmth of their big hearts and they’re doing a stellar job of it.
This night is to raise much needed funds for Rescue Kitties Manchester to do more of the same and keep providing practical advice for others locally and feeding all the kitty cats. Do get along to their event, where they’ll be a raffle and homemade cakes and a chance to take part is a bit of competitive quizzing, teams of up to 4 allowed and £1 entry each!
What’s On Saturday 24th June?
Model Making at The Beehive
Next up, we have a Saturday daytime treat at another great community initiative! The Beehive in Cringle Park is hosting a rather splendid craft event for kids as part of Levenshulme Fringe Arts Festival on Saturday morning.
Kids and their parents can get messy and create their own Manchester Bee model in Levenshulme!
Children aged between 2 and 10 will work with artists to build the fun models out of newspaper, glue and paint – taking their creations home at the end. The event is part of a drive to open up the space – a former Sure Start centre which is in the process of being turned into a community interest company and will provide a more diverse range of activities.
Places need to be booked via Eventbrite and organisers are asking for a £2 donation on the day towards materials.
The first session, from 9.30-10.15am is for children aged 6 to 10 years, while the 10.30-11.15am group is for kids aged between 2 and 5 years.
Participants should arrive at least five minutes before the start. The sessions are being run by local artist and workshop facilitator Jennifer Vickers, and photographer and Beehive director Ciara Leeming. The day is being made possible thanks to generous donations from local businesses Gfones, Shine Hair and Beauty, and local councillor Dzidra Noor. The Buttery is also providing a cake. Lovely stuff!
Yes, they did! Dice Loungedid in fact. Superb. They’ve turned their big, sunshiney outside space into the only thing it should be which is a BBQing joint and Rum shack style hangout. Well done guys, great idea.
The Rum Garden launches this Saturday 24th at 3pm and it’s free entry. There’ll be a BBQ on site, serving up complimentary (buy a drink though!) meat and veggie dishes, including halloumi and veg skewers, and jerk chicken, fish and curried goat.
Party the day away in the glorious Manchester sunshine, sipping on some Rum and Ting! Get your boogie on later as they have a massive Old Skool R’n’B, Bashment and Reggae session courtesy of Listen To The Vibe from 9pm til 2am.
If BBQ’s and rum aren’t your thing, or if you fancy a breather from all that jazz (or reggae, whatever!) then get yourself down to The Klondyke for a magical, mystical family picnic with arts, crafts, stalls and workshops.
Bring your own picnic (buy your booze from Les and the team of course!) and enjoy the chilled vibes with others. Starts at 6pm. All donations welcome, supporting the bid to turn Levenshulme Old Libraryinto an Arts Centre!
What’s On Sunday 25th June?
Don’t think you get a rest on Sunday in Levenshulme. You won’t. Another two excellent picks for the Levenshulme Fringe to keep you going!
There’s an art exhibition called A Homely Galleryin a terraced house, on Whalley Avenue in Levenshulme, using the walls as a canvas, with four artists populating those walls. Lead by Alison Erika Forde This is an excellent concept. Really inventive and a must see! On 12pm til 4pm, message Alison via Facebook link above for address.
And finally, there’s a smashing looking FREE PREVIEW of a new theatrical performance showing at The Klondyke on Sunday eveningcalled The Dead, Live.
It’s got supernatural themes and is about a fake psychic. What’s not to love about this premise? 7:30pm start.
Go support the Arts and enjoy Levenshulme to the max this weekend. Phew…over and out.