An evening celebrating Frida Kahlo in the historic Stretford Public Hall: a screening of Julie Taymor's iconic film with an introduction from a Frieda expert, Mexican food, drink and music.
Biopic of the bold and controversial life of artist Frida Kahlo. Set in Mexico City, this visually evocative film traces her lifelong, tempestuous relationship with her mentor, along with her illicit affairs with Trotsky and various women. Her forward-thinking artistic, political and sexual attitudes are explored as we witness a hard-drinking, passionate woman of the early 1900s, which earned an Oscar nomination for Salma Hayek.
Frida © 2002 Miramax
Hot food ,snacks and drinks will be on sale- bringing your own will not be permitted.
Money raised through this screening goes towards running further activities at the hall
£5 Advance - Available here
£7 On the Door - Subject to availability
Join us for an afternoon of family friendly music and activities with a line up of four different acts.
Snacks and drinks will be available to buy on the bar.
Olly Flavell is an innovative singer-songwriter whose originality captivates with ease. In combining influences from the realms of Pop and Rock Olly creates an unseen contemporary sound with nuances of classic melodies and traditional lyricism.
Granfalloon make a hybrid of lo-fi folk, experimental music, and electronica - weaving oddball elements, such as Omnichords and vintage drum machines, into dreamy cinematic soundscapes.
Natalie McCool is a singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and visceral front woman. She has picked up a fast growing support base of fans and critics alike with her truly innovative and beautiful take on pop music. Latest album 'The Great Unknown' was self-written and is without doubt McCool’s finest and most accomplished set of songs to date with 1st single 'Dig It Out' described as “a mesmerising lilt pop gem” in The Sunday Times, and 2nd single 'Cardiac Arrest' being immediately playlisted on BBC Radio 1.
Known for effortlessly blending acoustic folk and hip hop, Gideon Conn has a unique performance style which make audiences very happy.
Gideon’s first single ‘I want you around’ a 10″ vinyl released on Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s label Mannequin Records. It was Xfm playlisted, and breakfast single of the week on Shaun Keaveney’s 6 music show. This was followed by a BBC Maida Vale session with Huw Stephens. UK Support tours with Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Jason Mraz followed along with appearances at Glastonbury, Bestival, Latitude and several other festivals. ‘Trademark’ featured on Rob Da Bank’s Bestival A-Z compilation.
Gideon has released three albums New Bop Sounds, Take It All, and Hip-Hop Original. His fourth album is slated for release this year.
Money raised from this event will go back into planning further activities at the Hall
Advance £6/£4 Available here
On the Door: £7/£5
Non-walking infants: Free
We are really excited to announce our forthcoming Herstories Festival, which will take place from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th May 2019 here at Stretford Public Hall.
The weekend-long festival of cultural activity will feature film screenings, workshops and a range of arts, all celebrating the history of women and social change in Manchester. Generously funded by Film Hub North and delivered in partnership with the North West Film Archive (NWFA), MACFEST, the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival, and the Stretford Arts Collective (SAC32).
Join us on Friday night, as we kick off proceedings with a screening of Born a Rebel, a short documentary charting the history of women in protest across the North of England since the start of women’s suffrage 100 years ago. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and accompanied by a fascinating and varied selection of short films and archive footage, featuring Delia Derbyshire, Roxy Music, and a riot of awesome women activists.
On Saturday day, the Hall will be a hive of activity, as we celebrate the women who make Manchester great. Stretford Arts Collective will be printing, stitching and sticking a live art installation downstairs and there’ll be Arabic calligraphy drop-in sessions, henna painting and a chance to learn more about the different Muslim cultures of Manchester.
In the cinema room, we’ll be presenting a specially-curated selection of local history films, showing Stretford over the years, as well as a chance to see the documentary ‘Invisible Women’, telling the story of Manchester’s LBGTQ pioneers Angela Cooper and Luchia Fitzgerald.
Free Entrance, drop in between 11am and 4pm
On Saturday night, we’ve a special cinema screening of Made in Dagenham, accompanied by rare archive footage of Manchester women at work – from workers leaving Rylands Mills in 1902, to a fascinating glimpse into Stretford’s Job Centre in the 1970s.
On Sunday morning, Stretford WI will be setting up a community cafe with tea and cakes available.
SAC32 Artists Lisa and Bridget will be hosting a family friendly life drawing session where children and adults alike are invited to learn figure drawing. Each session will be 45 minutes long, with quick sketching exercises.
On Sunday afternoon, as football clubs around the country prepare for their last games of the season, we’ll be celebrating women’s football, with an early afternoon screening of Bend it Like Beckham and a chance to learn more about the Dick Kerr Ladies team of the 1920s.
As if all this wasn’t enough, John Rylands Library have kindly lent us some of their recent ‘The Women who shaped Manchester’ exhibition, which will be on display all weekend, throughout the Hall.