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VIP Festival launch marks village's centenary

Levenshulme Festival celebrates village's 100th anniversary

Levenshulme village celebrated their first centenary of joining the city of Manchester in 1909, by staging a massive two week community festival.

The VIP launch party on Friday 23 October at m19 bar featured an array of award winning musicians, dancers and authors and was broadcast LIVE by the areas own cutting edge radio station – ALLFM radio.

Local MP Sir Gerald Kaufman and local Levenshulme councillor, John Commons officially launched the two week celebration which is set to attract 10,000 visitors to the area. The two week party continues until Sunday 8 November.

Before Levenshulme joined the city of Manchester, it was governed by its own council and had its very own Town Hall, which is still in existence, but is now a thriving Antique village. The suburb which is halfway between Manchester and Stockport still retains a strong sense of independence which is reflected in its annual multi cultural festival which is now in its eleventh year.

The festival has marked its centenary by staging100 events in and around the village, it is now seen as one of the biggest community celebrations in Europe.

Local councillor John Commons said “The annual festival is a major highlight for the whole community and an ideal way of getting to know your neighbour and experiencing a bit of their culture. It attracts visitors from all over the UK and beyond, who come to experience the uniqueness of the festival and its thriving community spirit.”

Lawrence Hennigan the president of the Levenshulme Festival said “We are very grateful to the city council for their continued support through a cas:h grant and the hard work of our local councillors in the Levenshulme and Gorton South ward together with our ward coordinators who have helped us secure this much needed funding. Without their support and that of the local traders, this festival would not be able to continue.”

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