The 9th FINA World Swimming Championships 2008 will be showcasing a fantastic programme of FREE public entertainment that is shaping up to be…erm… square!
For the five days of the Championships, Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into Championship Square, bringing the fun and excitement out of the competition venue and into the heart of the city for everybody to enjoy.
At Championship Square visitors will find a plethora of free activity, provided by the Championship sponsors, to add an extra dimension of entertainment, making the FINA World Swimming Championships a more special occasion.
Here are just a few of the things visitors can see, do and enjoy in Championship Square.
- Visit the 80 years of Speedo exhibition and see how swimwear has changed over time.
- Listen and watch performances on the Championship Square Stage - a mix of live music, activities and DJs thanks to Century FM and Pure.
- Discover more about Yakult and try its health benefits for themselves.
- Find out how to take the perfect picture with Nikon.
- Gaze up at the world's biggest cereal box and try a bowl of Kellogg's cereal.
- Learn about how UK Sport supports good causes and major sporting events through the National Lottery.
- Buy a special memento of their visit at the Speedo Merchandise Store.
Championship Square will also feature a dazzling array of musicians and bands to celebrate the diversity of Manchester music during the FINA World Swimming Championships, as well as some hilarious, swimming-inspired street theatre.
Musical styles will range from the jazz-related Cuban, Brazilian and funk sounds from bands such as Descarga, John Ellis and the Palm Trio , to the best of Manchester's singer-songwriter scene represented by Lucy and the Caterpillar, Josephine Niyama and Alexis McLean - to bluegrass, steel band and a'capella music. Some of the UK's best street theatre performers will be having a splashing time.
The Van Dunk Brothers , armed with a trunk full of trunks, swimming caps, goggles, armbands and verruca cream, will delight crowds with their award-winning, dry land, synchronized swimming display. Meanwhile, The Fairly Famous Family's Lifeguards with flip-flops and whistles, perched high on their chairs, will attempt to impose the timeless values of the municipal baths on to the FINA World Swimming Championships!
Championship Square is open from: Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 April, 11am to 7pm and Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 April, 10am to 9pm.
And from square to spectacular, don't miss the Opening Ceremony show of the FINA World Swimming Championships on Wednesday 9 April at the MEN Arena. With music, aerial dance and performance, it's a spectacular World Premier celebration, that's been specially commissioned for this event.
This special entertainment comes before the first night of finals and is included in the price of that evening's ticket! Using the MEN Arena at it's dramatic best, this amazing show is themed to showcase swimming as theatre and will bring the FINA World Swimming Championships to life.
The Opening Ceremony starts at 6pm and ticket holders are advised to take their seats by 5.45pm).
Martin Hellewell, tel 0161 234 3729