25-29 October 2017
Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies
Gothic style and fashion will be celebrated at the fifth annual Gothic Manchester festival taking place 25-29 October.
The Gothic Manchester Festival, first held in 2013, is the strange offspring of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. The Centre’s mission is to promote the study of the Gothic nationally and internationally, and bring the dark delights of Gothic culture to a wider audience.
This year’s Festival will be full of Gothic intrigue. Events include body-beautiful horror in a film screening of The Neon Demon, discussions on the cultural function of contemporary Gothic style, a new exhibition from the Manchester Gothic Art Group, and a guided tour of Manchester’s gothic architecture that reveals the history of death and despair that writhes just below the city’s glossy surface.
It will culminate in a unique outdoor fashion show in Manchester city centre devoted to extraordinary goths and steampunks, in association with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
Many of the events are free, apart from the tour and a one-day conference with papers delivered by students, academics, experts and enthusiasts, which costs just £10.