This Sunday, 5th May there will be an open day and zine/print fair at Victoria Baths in Manchester.
Victoria Baths first came to my knowledge through its success on the BBC's Restoration programme, hosted by Griff Rhys Jones, which aired in 2003, ten years after the Baths were closed. The Friends and Victoria Baths Trust have spent the rest of this time campaining, fundraising and working on the restoration of this iconic heritage venue.
They hold a few open days during the summer months, where the public are invited to tour the building, as well as other events, such as vintage, craft and fanzine fairs.
We'll be setting out a Mr.PS stall there this Sunday, with prints, tea towels, mugs and cards.
As well as local stall-holders from Manchester, Salford and Trafford; artists, designers, printers and publishers are coming in from Preston, Bradford, Carlisle, Leeds, Brighton and Birmingham to sell their wares. So there should be something for everyone!
All afternoon (12-4pm)
- Hands-on Fanzine making with Pool Arts including simple lino-cut printing and collage
- Five minute portraits by David Carden
- Display of gig flyers featured in Helpyourself Manchester
1pm - Film screening, Helpyourself Manchester
1.30pm - Choir performance, Ordsall Acapella Singers, in the Gala Pool
2pm - Musical Tour of Victoria Baths by David Carden
2.30pm - Talk by John Mather on the Pools of Greater Manchester
- Behind the Scenes - special guided tour of the baths
3pm - Film screening, Helpyourself Manchester
- Choir performance, Ordsall Acapella Singers in the Gala Pool
3.30pm - Reading of short fiction by David Hartley, member of the new writing collective Flashtag
There will also be guided tours " Getting to Know Victoria Baths" at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
What a great way to spend a Bank Holiday Sunday. More info here. See you there?