THE BREATH OF BABIES… Factory International is due to officially open next June for the Manchester International Festival. Later in 2023, an immersive Matrix-themed extravaganza directed by Danny Boyle called Free Your Mind will launch at the £210m arts centre. But before all that good stuff, artist Luke Jerram has something special planned for the New Year. First Breath is a light display that will see powerful beams of light shot through the clouds – think Tribute in Light in New York. The lights, which will be on every evening from January 1 to 29 between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m., are a celebration of new life and will gently vibrate to represent the first breaths of babies born that day in Greater Manchester, according to Jerram. You may already know his work. He was the artist behind Floating Earth, which was seen by thousands at Media City in Salford late last year.
A WARM WELCOME… The ugly jumble of fences and cones and the deafening din of pneumatic drills outside Liverpool Lime Street station have been stubborn mainstays for what seems like an eternity. Fortunately, those days are over and the environment that awaits travelers is now far less chaotic and far more befitting of a city of Liverpool’s stature.
FRESH LOOK… Last week Cheshire West and Chester approved a 162-bed hotel investment manager Cervidae and development manager AXIS-RE. This week we have a better idea of what Donald Insall Associates designs will look like, thanks to some new CGI. Pretty fancy, no? It will be interesting to see how residents enjoy this new addition to Chester’s Frodsham Street – and its rooftop restaurant.
IT MAKES AT HOME… Everton’s future stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool could be one of the host venues for Euro 2028. The stadium designed by Meis Studio and Pattern has been shortlisted as one of 14 possible stadiums for the event within the UK and Ireland. preliminary offer for the tournament. Among Everton’s competition? Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium. Absent? Anfield, which is sure to sweeten some Toffees’ day.
Nice to get a taste of the refurbished machinery floor at @hatworksmuseum with the head of @StockportMBC and @JuliaHatmaker of @PlaceNorthWest. The latest phase of an exciting project to update this much-loved Stockport landmark. pic.twitter.com/SKkBwPIWgQ
— Caroline Simpson (@SMBC_chiefexec) November 17, 2022
HAT DOWN… The renovation of the Hat Works Museum in Stockport is well underway. SquareThe resident hatter went for a tour of the factory to see how the work was progressing and came back captivated. While the museum still has a long way to go (the old beanie hat gallery has yet to make a comeback), the exhibits on the factory floor are well worth a visit to learn more about an industry who put a feather in Stockport’s cap. the day – and the people who made it great. Tickets for guided tours of the factory exhibition area are available at eventbrite.co.uk/o/stockport-council-museums-service-9850717694.