Home, Manchester’s huge arts, theatre and cinema venue has announced the opening of Homeground this summer, a brand-new temporary outdoor venue offering live entertainment, cocktails and food.
The space will include a 400-seat socially distanced outdoor theatre, and a second stage with free live performances.
The temporary outdoor space will be located on a 80,000ft2 future development site on First Street, just behind HOME at the back of First Street. A specially designed outdoor theatre space, made especially to be Covid-safe will be the main feature.
The venue will open on Friday 28th May, and run throughout the summer.
There will be also takeovers from the likes of local comedy club Frog & Bucket and Contact Theatre.
HOME’s press release via Visit Manchester said “The project will create 450 new employment opportunities for freelance artists and creative practitioners, supporting the freelance economy which has been so badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to generous support from partners, tickets for the two HOME productions will be just £10 for adults and £5 for children. HOME will also be offering free performances for school groups.”
Dave Moutrey, HOME’s Director and CEO, said: “As we start to emerge from the strangest year many of us have ever experienced, arts and culture play a vital role in the recovery of the country. We all want to bring a sense of hope and joy back to our communities, and to provide more opportunities for an artistic freelance sector decimated by the pandemic. And we want accessibility for all to be at the heart of this project, which is why there is a low-cost or free programme, as well as free performances for schools. People in our city, especially young people, have been deprived of live theatre for the past year – we want this to be a celebration of Manchester’s creativity and resilience.
“I’m delighted to announce Homeground, which will be a safe and enjoyable space for the people of Manchester to have fun, reconnect and celebrate the city’s artistic talent in all its forms.”
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 20 April, with early booking available for HOME Friends and members.
Alongside the main performance programme, there will be a free stage in the food and drink terrace. The Manchester Stage will have a different curator from the city every week, including Manchester Folk Festival, Contact, and DJ slots curated by DJ Paulette.
There will also be food and drink from stallholders including Black Market Espresso, Brazilico pizza, Wolf to the Door cocktails and Tibetan Kitchen.
For more information, visit www.homemcr.org/homeground.