10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic • 10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic •
10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic • 10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic •

Up until the 19th century, everyone in the UK worked a 6 day week. Then in 1843, right here in Greater Manchester, workers’ rights activists launched a campaign to finish early on Saturdays. They won, and in doing so, invented the weekend – a gift to workers the world over.

We’re marking this enormous achievement with a new and imaginative free festival from Salford. One massive, colourful, exciting weekend of music, theatre, sport, workshops, dancing, laughs, and more to celebrate the joy of free time.

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10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic • 10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic •
10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic • 10th & 11th September 2022 • MediaCity & Salford Quays • The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic •

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Michael Betteridge and Ríoghnach Connolly playing together

The Weekend Orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic – song and lyrics announced!

The song is based on an original poem by Salfordian Poet, Lynn Walton called ‘The Big Ditch’ and celebrates the history of Salford Docks.

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