¡Viva! Fiestas

For this year’s ¡Viva! we’re introducing a special festival tent delivering live music, performance, workshops, dance and brand new commissions in Tony Wilson Place. For the three weekends spanning the duration of the festival we have an inspiring and varied programme of entertainment responding to and reflecting on the themes of the festival. The tent is to be a lively hub of Latin inspired activity. We will have Palax Spanish craft beers for sale, and a stellar line-up of local, national and international talent for you to enjoy.

In the spirit of La Transición we have everything from radical street art to salsa, from flamenco to queer cabaret. We guarantee there’ll be something to get you moving your feet or making change!

Highlights include Spanish indie rockers Rural Zombies on the opening night, as well as some inspired total stage takeovers. One night will see folk-hop and barrelhouse-pop collective Honeyfeet takeover the stage in all their various festival-esque musical formations. The A Queer Revue! team bring their wild quarterly LGBT+ cabaret event from Band on the Wall for a cabaret fiesta. And to run alongside the opening of our La Movida exhibition we will see feminist punk band Ill deliver sonic disobedience and local label Traffic ‘Raveover’ the fiesta stage with a mystical rave and full moon shamanic psytrance experience. And families can head down and share traditional cultures of the indigenous peoples of South America through music, song and storytelling with El Condor.

So whether you want to relax with a beer to some salsa beats, glam up or rave in full Latin style just join in the party!

Previously in this Festival

¡Viva! 2017 Opening Fiesta

Head down to Tony Wilson Place on First Street as we celebrate the launch of the festival on our special outside ¡Viva! Stage. Dance along…

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The Family Fiesta

Our final fiesta is a day of two halves. During the day families are invited to drop-in and share the traditional cultures of the indigenous…

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A Queer Revue! Cabaret Fiesta

A Queer Revue! takeover will be radical, magical, subversive and free. A Queer Revue! is the wild quarterly LGBT+ cabaret event at Band on the…

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The Colaboración Fiesta

Enjoy a drink and embrace the Latin vibe of the ¡Viva! tent where three of the UK's most celebrated musicians come together to create a…

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The Traffic Raveover Fiesta

To celebrate the launch of La Movida, Traffic Manchester takeover the Fiesta stage. Beginning with flamencoo and feminist punk, Traffick then welcome you to a…

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The Honeyfeet Fiesta

Blending blues, folk, jazz and disco, folk-hop and barrelhouse-pop, Honeyfeet are a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based…

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The Cuban Fiesta

Put on your dancing shoes and join in - there's something for every level. Practice your moves and enjoy the ultimate Cuban House Party experience.…

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The Mestisa Fiesta

Salsa dancing and flamenco guitar, the freshest new talent and a devilish duo, we're mixing things up with the Salsa fiesta in our ¡Viva! tent.

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