EVENT: Gothic Manchester Festival returns 25th – 29th October 2017


    The Gothic Manchester Festival returns

    After the great success of last year’s Gothic Manchester Festival on ‘The Gothic North’, our attention turns this year to the topic of Gothic Style(s).

    At the start of the 21st century, the Gothic is everywhere. Fiction and film, television and graphic novels – full of vampires, zombies and their hunters – have brought the Gothic into the mainstream.

    As Victorian Gothic architecture looms large over cities such as Manchester, Goth fashion and music reference the mode whist enlivening our streets, bars, clubs and homes with new Gothic styles of their own.

    This year’s Festival will be full of such delights, offering everything from body-beautiful horror in The Neon Demon to real North West street style in a catwalk devoted to extraordinary goths and steampunks.  As usual, our thrilling series of events will centre on a one-day conference of accessible papers delivered by an egalitarian mix of students, seasoned academics, experts and enthusiasts. All the ‘extra’ events are free, with the conference costing just £10 for the full day.

    We very much look forward to welcoming you, and your style, to the mix!

    Film Screening of The Neon Demon (2016)
    Film screening with introduction by Jennifer Richards (Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester Met)
    Date: 6pm – 8.30pm, Wednesday 25th October 2017
    Location: Number 70 Oxford St, Manchester
    Tickets: Free – more information and tickets available here

    When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.
    Set in the modern Gothic world of fashion, Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is a tale of beauty, narcissism, betrayal and death. The film itself uses many of the traditional modes akin to horror and gothic films but reframes these themes within a contemporary setting for a 21st Century audience.
    Jennifer Richards is Lecturer in Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research area explores the Gothic within Visual Communication and Fashion.
    The screening will be followed by a wine reception to celebrate the launch of this year’s MGAG exhibition ‘Black is Such a Happy Colour’.

    M:GAG presents ‘Black is Such a Happy Colour’ Exhibition Launch
    Date: 8.30pm, Wed 25th October
    Location: Number 70 Oxford St

    M:GAG continues its ongoing collaboration with Manchester Met to bring you new art for the Gothic Manchester Festival, with hints of early work lurking in the dark… A celebration of the diversity of Gothic style, from belfries to banshees and Victorians to vampires through a variety of artistic media.

    More information available here

    Gothic Styles: In Conversation with John Robb
    Join music and gothic culture aficionados John Robb (Membranes, Louder Than War) and Dr Claire Nally (Northumbria University) for a full and frank discussion on the Gothic past and Goth in the 21st Century.
    Date: 6.30pm – 8pm, Thursday 26th October 2017
    Location: 3MT Venue, 35-39 Oldham Street
    Tickets: Free – more information and tickets available here
    Does the ubiquity of Gothic style in everything from Alexander McQueen to All Saints mean that Goth has lost its dark edge and ability to express alienation? O does the massive popularity of shows like The Walking Dead and Penny Dreadful indicate that the Gothic sensibility has a special place in these post- hope, post-truth times? And what of phenomena such as happy-Goth, pastel-Goth and even ‘health-Goth’? Is goth thriving or is Goth finally dead?

    Rosie Garland: The Night Brother
    Reading and book signing
    Date: 6pm – 8pm, Friday 27th Oct
    Location: The John Rylands Library
    Tickets: Free – more information and tickets available here
    Tagged ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is an award-winning poet, novelist and singer with post-punk band The March Violets. Her latest novel The Night Brother (Borough Press) was reviewed in The Times as “A rich and ambitious tale set in late Victorian Manchester… Garland’s prose is a delight: playful and exuberant. There are shades of Angela Carter in the mad world she creates… Full marks.’

    Gothic Styles: Gothic Substance Conference
    Date: 9am – 6pm, Saturday 28th October 2017
    Location: Number 70 Oxford St, Manchester
    Tickets: £11.04 – more information and tickets available here
    Is there substance to the Gothic’s many styles? Does the Gothic continue to reveal the great unspoken truths of our world? Did it ever? Is the Gothic anything more than a commercial product that may be sold, as a style, to a new generation of consumers? Was it always thus? What cultural function does Goth(ic) style possess? And how has this evolved from the Enlightenment to the neoliberal present?
    This one-day conference will present 20-minute talks on all aspects of Gothic style. As such, topics may include, but are not confined to:

    • Literary, Filmic and Popular Cultural Stylistics – Gothic or merely Gothicky?
    • The Gothic styles of art and architecture
    • Gothic fashion – from subculture to haute couture
    • Goth music, clubs and clubbers
    • The popular perception of Goth(ic) style – from Halloween dress up to hate crime.

    Full listings of talks and speakers will be available at the Gothic Manchester Festival website.

    Introduced and chaired by Dr Linnie Blake.
    Dr Linnie Blake is Reader in Film and Literature at Manchester Metropolitan University and Head of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. She has published widely on Gothic literature, film and television and sits on the editorial and advisory board of the journal Horror Studies and Dark Arts and the University of Wales’ Horror Studies series. Her most recent book is the collection Neoliberal Gothic (2017) co-edited with Agnieszka Soltisik Monnet.

    Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies Book Launch
    Date: 6pm – 7pm, Saturday 28th October 2017
    Location: Number 70 Oxford St, Manchester
    Tickets: Free – more information and tickets available here
    Join the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies  in celebrating the 2017 release of FIVE new publications from our academic staff:

    • Xavier Aldana Reyes – Spanish Gothic: National Identity, Collaboration and Cultural Adaptation (Palgrave Macmillan)
    • Eds. Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet – Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age(MUP)
    • Chloe Germaine Buckley – 21st Century Children’s Gothic: From the Wanderer to Nomadic Subject (EUP)
    • Ed. Sorcha Ni Fhlainn – Clive Barker: Dark Imaginer (MUP)
    • Eds. Dale Townshend, Michael Carter and Peter N. Lindfield – Writing Britain’s Ruins (British Library)

    Join us for an evening of wine, short speeches and a jaw-dropping celebration cake from the wondrous Conjurer’s Kitchen. The wine reception will be followed by an optional trip to see the Manchester city centre Halloween decorations and spontaneous dinner/drinks (to be arranged on the night).

    Gothic Styles Street/Fashion Show
    Date: 6pm – 7pm, Sunday 29th October 2017
    Location: Exchange Square, Manchester
    Tickets: Free – Just turn up! More info available here

    • Comperes Rosie Lugosi and Liquorice Black
    • Border Morris from Stone the Crows
    • ArA DJS
    • Fantastical make up competition winners from House of Fraser

    Join us for an extravagant exploration of what it means to have Goth style! Real-life Goths, punks, steampunks and other assorted ‘weirdo mosher freaks’ will strut, stomp and parade their individual dress sense for the public of Manchester. Interspersed with the street style will be fashion looks from students and alumni of Manchester Met’s Manchester Fashion Institute, showing the pervasive influence of Goth sensibilities in contemporary haute couture. Sound tracked by Goth music, introduced by two queens of Goth-dom – Rosie Lugosi The Vampire Queen and Manchester’s monochrome drag par excellence Liquorice Black – this will be a catwalk to remember and a brilliant way to round off your Halloween weekend in the city.
    In association with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
    Part of Halloween in the City produced by Manchester BID.