By Matt Simpson
Are you ready for a week of walking, boating, fishing and arty fun? If so then the 2012 Canal Festival could be just the ticket for you.
Free, fun activities for everyone to enjoy can be found along the Rochdale Canal between Sowerby Bridge and, for the first time this year, Piccadilly Basin, in the heart of Manchester.
Kayaking, art workshops, heritage walks, boat trips and traditional horse-boat tours are just some of the activities on offer during the week of the festival, while a number of other exhibits and attractions will be unveiled along the route such as the new LomoWall Manchester and Float-in movie nights.
The LomoWall, launched on July 26 in time for the start of the 2012 Canal Festival, is the first permanent structure of its kind.
The 30m wall on Tariff Street will be decorated with 14,000 snap-shot sized analogue photos of Manchester, which when viewed from a distance will give the impression of a wave of undulating colour.
For two nights on August 22 and 23, festival goers will also be able to experience movies like never before with Ducie Street car park becoming Manchester’s first float-in, drive-in, walk-in cinema.
Blockbuster Captain America has been selected for the first night’s screening, while a vote-off on Twitter will decide the following night’s entertainment. Specially themed choices for tweeters include The Life Aquatic, Finding Nemo and water-terror classic Jaws.
The 2012 Canal Festival, now in its sixth year, will run from August 18-26 and will be a celebration of the Rochdale canal’s rich 200 year history.
Full details of the festival will soon be available at www.myrochdalecanal.org.uk