RADIO 1 DJ KATIE THISTLETON AND HACKER THE DOG LAUNCH MEDIACITYUK'S FESTIVE SEASON WITH A VIRTUAL LIGHT SWITCH ON THIS EVENING
MediaCityUK will be launching its festive season this evening at 6.30pm (3rd Dec) with a virtual light switch on event hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Katie Thistleton and CBBC sensation Hacker The Dog, which will be broadcast from the MediaCityUK
This year’s array of magical Christmas lights will transform the MediaCityUK gardens and piazza into a twinkling wonderland and includes the UK’s first digital Christmas tree, the insta worthy shimmer wall and the newly created elf and fairy garden.
The virtual switch-on marks the beginning of a series of safe festive activities including the Winter edition of Box on the Docks, delivered in partnership with Hemingway Design, which brings a striking open-air art gallery and immersive art trail to MediaCityUK opening on Saturday, 5 December.
The uplifting and colourful display of 30 art adorned sheds and greenhouses features Manchester School of Art graduate, Daniel Waggett’s LS Lowry inspired artwork ‘A Crowded Place’, while, graphic artist and illustrator Nick Chaffe has used his signature style combining colourful icon illustrations to construct the ‘Love Chapel’. Salford University student, Helena Worthington, who also features in Channel 4’s Gogglebox, has created a striking mural symbolising what her home city of Salford means to her.
Those unable to visit in person will be able to enjoy a visual online gallery of the Box on the Docks artworks from the comfort of their home: www.boxonthedocks.co.uk
This year, more than ever it’s important to give back and MediaCityUK based Carbon Creative has created a striking Salford Food Bank collection box to support local families in need and visitors are urged to drop in an appropriate food item as they pass-by, such as instant coffee, jarred sauces, jam as well as boil in a bag rice and pasta.
For families looking for festive activity, Blue Peter and CBeebies have both created bespoke boxes and children will love exploring the nearby Elf and Fairy garden, discovering the twinkling lights of their mystical fairy friends. Finally, head to the sparkling shimmer wall to capture a selfie and enter MediaCityUK’s ‘Shimmer til you’re a winner!’ competition for a chance to win a number of prizes.
As well as the public art display and trail, the ambition is to reopen in January as a location for local hospitality to run socially-distanced dining within the comfort and safety of the self-contained sheds and greenhouses. Until then, restaurants and cafes including; Penelope’s Deli, Prezzo, Pret a Manger, Wagamama, Vertigo, Grindsmith and Costa are offering takeaway services.
Over the water at the Quayside shopping mall, visitors can park for free and visit the popular Makers’ Markets which will take place on The Lowry Plaza every weekend from 5 – 20th December.
Josie Cahill, Director of Place for MediaCityUK said:
“Everyone, from the artists to the light installers as well as our special guests Katie Thistleton and Hacker the Dog have pulled together to bring the magic back to MediaCityUK this Christmas.
“Families have the space to safely enjoy everything we have on offer and will also get the opportunity to support our local artists and traders as well as the local community through the Salford Foodbank gift box.”
For further information about Box on the Docks or to explore the virtual gallery of all artworks, please visit https://www.boxonthedocks.co.uk/
Photos: MediaCityUK and Box On The Docks
CrossFit SCL, a new CrossFit gym is coming to Salford Quays. Launching on Monday 4 January, the new facility is located at Ordsall Leisure Centre and will serve the local community.
The gym or ‘Box’ as CrossFitters refer to it, is a new venture from Salford Community Leisure, the city’s leisure trust which also manages and operates other leisure facilities across Salford, including 8 leisure centres and the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre.
It will become the first CrossFit Box operated by a leisure trust in the Greater Manchester region and marks a positive step into this market for Salford Community Leisure, at a time when the industry is still reeling from the financial implications of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The CrossFit market, is a booming sector of the health and fitness industry that is increasingly popular nationally, with more and more people looking to CrossFit for an innovative approach to health and fitness.
CrossFit is a form of high intensity training, strength and conditioning made up of functional movements, with a constantly varying programming. Workouts include Olympic lifts, gymnastics and sport principles.
The ethos behind CrossFit also focuses on the importance of lifestyle and community alongside the workouts. Each CrossFit ‘box’ represents a community of members who work together to encourage each other to achieve their goals, whether they are beginners or have been training for years.
The box, which features a lion, taken from the city’s crest as part of its identity, officially roars into action from 4 January, with open days on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January. Open to members of all ages, including children aged 11+ it will offer a range of sessions throughout the week as well as nutritional help and advice.Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety said:
Chris Smith, CrossFit SCL Head Coach said:
For more information visit salfordcommunitylesiure.co.uk/crossfit
CHRISTMAS CALAMITY AS BORIS PLUNGES PARTS OF THE SOUTH INTO TIER 4 AND REDUCES 5 DAYS OF FESTIVITIES TO JUST 1 FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRYBy KARL
Plans to relax the Covid-19 rules for 5 days over the Christmas period have been scrapped for much of the South of the country and limited to Christmas Day in the rest of England as London, Kent, Essex and Bedfordshire are all plunged into a new Tier 4 from midnight.
Those within Tier 4 can not mix with anyone outside of their household with stay at home orders issued except for those travelling to work or education. The restrictions will be reviewed on the 30th December.
This follows from announcement made earlier in the week that suggests that a new strain of the Coronavirus which is more easily transmissible is spreading rapidly through the country.
Prof Chris Whitty said that there had been a "dramatic increase" in the proportion of cases that come from the new variant in certain areas, blaming the new variant for the increase in hospitalisations in parts of the country - a 36% increase in eastern England, 34% in London, and 28% in south-eastern England.
In the North West, North East, and Yorkshire, Witty says, there has been no increase in the hospitalisation rate - and that matches lower rates of the new variant.
However, there is a very real chance that the Northwest will be plunged into Tier 4 should that change.
In Yorkshire and the Humber, he says, the new variant amounts to just 5% of cases.
The new variant seems to be more dominant in London but is increasingly starting to spread into other parts of the UK.
Johnson said during the press conference that Christmas can not go ahead as planned, promising that things will be radically different by Easter.
As the pandemic drags on, more people are starting to tire of what they are increasingly seeing as incompetent handling of the crisis by the government.
As another in a long line of beacons of hope, the prime minister announced 350,000 people had been vaccinated so far in the first two weeks of the programme and that in the coming weeks that number should increase six-fold, but even with an increase it will still take many months to inoculate those who are most at risk and there are valid concerns about the country having enough of the vaccine to go around.
Speaking to those who will be affected by the new rules, Mr Johnson said that the government will do everything it can to look after jobs, businesses and livelihoods.
Meanwhile, the whole of Wales has announced it is going into lockdown from midnight.
All of Wales will be placed into the highest level of lockdown - Level 4 - with all but essential shops closed, and people being told to "stay home" to save lives.
The Lowry are looking for young people aged 13-17 living in Greater Manchester to be part of a new creative youth leadership programme.
You will work with artists, activists and other professionals to address the issues that matter to you. You will work together, develop leadership skills and find ways to be heard, take action and make change by developing your own social action projects.
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