Manchester Waterside Festival

Posted by admin on August 19 in Festivals & events, Things to do | Leave a comment

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, 11.00am – 4.00pm


Come and join us in the Centre of Manchester, along the Rochdale Canal for a weekend of waterside entertainment.

Discover art, music and creative technology on the canal during this new 2-day fun filled, explorative and innovative festival. Build an underwater robot*, create floating digital artwork*, participate in a giant canal game*. Enjoy the canal by boat or explore below the surface with virtual reality headsets and write a zine about the canal.

At Lock 87 (End of Canal Street) & Lock 89 (Tib Lock) & Pioneer Quay off Deansgate to Lock 92 (Dukes)

*Booking is essential for workshops, where indicated at:

Hurry, limited places available!

Rough Fish
Sat 10 & Sun 11, Lock 87 (Canal St) to Lock 92, Induction 11.00am and 1.30pm
Rough Fish is a giant game that is played along canals, in which players score points by fishing rubbish out of the canal and tweeting about it. Different types of rubbish will score different points throughout the day. So keep an eye on the online rubbish stock market and the league table, to see if you can be Rough Fish Manchester Champion 2016!

Please book on eventbrite and attend an induction session to collect your kit.

Underwater life of the Canal – Creative underwater robot workshops with Dark Water
Sat 10 & Sun 11, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm: Pioneer Quay off Deansgate

Learn how to assemble a remote control underwater robot using electronic components and Lego. Then send it underwater to film the world beneath the surface.

Learn how to assemble a simple underwater robot. Once each participant has created their basic ROV (Remotely operated Vessel) and customised it with their creativity of using extra Lego blocks. They will attach an underwater camera and go through the basics of piloting before letting them take control and explore the canal. So see what lurks underneath our waterways.

ShrimpCraft: Make a Floating Digital Artwork.
Sunday 11 September, 11.30am, 2.00pm: Lock 89 (Tib Lock)

How to make a piece of digital art that can float on the water!
Ross Dalziel will guide participants through this unique two hour workshop. You will be shown how to use foam and other floating materials to make your own creative interesting looking raft. You will then learn how to connect simple electronic parts, and program it to sense water temperature which flash different coloured light depending on how warm or cold the water is.

After you have made your floating digital artwork, you will be able to place it in the Canal and see your own vessel in action. Where will yours sail and what will it find?

This is a fabulous and engaging activity. There is also an opportunity to try a pilot a kayak that will be fitted with a 360 degree camera, which will stream images to virtual headsets. This activity is a drop in session, running at the same time as the workshop.

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