Be counted in for the Cutting Room Experiment

Cutting room experiment

Have you ever wanted to see 200 people all singing along to Manfred
Mann or watch a massive Space Hopper race on the same day as a group of
people all dress up as characters from the postmodern novel
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Well this could be your chance.

The Cutting Room Experiment is an attempt
to create the world’s biggest user-generated event in the world, right
here in Manchester. The website is a hive of activity with people coming up with all kinds of weird and wonderful ideas and voting for their favourites to make them actually happen on Saturday, June 20.

The whole concept of this day is not only to get the audience deciding what will happen, but to get them involved in every event. This is not a day of watching mediocre bands play set after set, this is about coming down with your friends or family and being a part of the experiment and being a part of this new square’s history.

For this whole bold concept was conceived to launch a new public space for Ancoats. Altogether (including future work) the NWDA has pumped a massive £72m into Ancoats and completely transformed it from a forgotten inner city district to a thriving area with new developments, infrastructure and indeed transformed the community.

As an adopted Mancunian, I’ve always loved reading about the history of Manchester, but the history of Ancoats is particularly interesting. It is recognised as the first industrial suburb, which rose from the Industrial Revolution and workers flocking to the city. Ancoats also used to be known as Little Italy from the amount of Italian immigrants who moved there and brought with them their delicious tradition of ice-cream making, some of which are still there today.

I’ve been down to check out this new square, which is overlooked by the renovated and deconsecrated St Peter’s Church. It’s a great space, overlooked by new apartments, and will have some really exciting art work unveiled by artist-in-resident Dan Dubowitz.

Anyone has been following me on Twitter knows I’ve been lucky enough to
be involved in promoting in this event, which I’m loving -
whether I’m getting really excited trying to explain the whole idea
on the phone to someone or laughing at the latest madcap suggestions on
the website. So get involved and make sure you are ‘counted in’ to vote
for an event.

All ideas need to be submitted and voted for by Friday, May 29. The line up of activities will be announced on Thursday, June 4.

Name: Cutting Room Experiment
Date: Saturday, June 20
Time: 12-8pm
Location: Cutting Room (new public square), between Blossom Street and Hood Street, off Great Ancoats Street, Manchester.

Twitter : @cuttingroomexp
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  • Katie
    May 26, 2009 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Love the idea of this event, have checked out the website and its full of really interesting and fun ideas..

  • John
    May 27, 2009 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    Am really looking forward to this event, thanks for letting me know how to get involved!

  • Sara
    May 27, 2009 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    Am definately going to get involved! Its cool that the we decide what events happen by voting for our favourite ideas. I’ve voted for the silent disco, clothes swap and ball pit, should be fun! :)

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