FESTIVALS aren’t something you might usually associate with Oldham, but that’s all changing this year.
There have been some fantastic new local events this summer – including the Cotton Clouds music festival in Greenfield – and we’ve got many more exciting things to look forward to yet.
First-up, we’re in the final throes of planning the Your Oldham festival which starts on Saturday, September 2.
This is a weeklong festival celebrating all the great things about our borough with free family fun events.
It’s now more than six years since we declared our ambition to become a Co-operative Council and working towards a Co-operative Future, which is one where everyone does their bit and everyone benefits.
The Your Oldham festival is about looking at what we achieved so far and encouraging even more residents, businesses and staff to do #yourbit.
#yourbit can be doing something really simple – like taking part in a litter pick, recycling smarter, checking on a vulnerable neighbour or even organising a street party where you live. But we can all make a contribution, big or small, that benefits us all.
This campaign also reminds everyone that the borough is not owned by Oldham Council or its partners. It is owned by its most fantastic asset – you, our people.
There’s a number of great family friendly events going at the Your Oldham Festival – all showcasing the great co-operative activities which go on daily.
These range from an outdoor adventure day (Sunday, September 3 from Noon to 4pm) at Castleshaw Centre in Delph to a Co-operative Market Street in Oldham town centre (Wednesday, September 6 from 10am to 4pm), a Your Green Oldham day celebrating our environment and green spaces (Thursday, September 7 from 10.30am to 4.30pm), a Your Digital Roadshow at HACK Oldham (Friday, September 8 from 10am to 4pm) and Your Future, which imagines the borough of the future (Saturday, September 9 from 10am to 2pm).
You can find out more about all these at the Your Oldham website at http://www.youroldham.coop
As part of the festival we’re also encouraging local communities to organise street gatherings with their families, friends and neighbours. To help, we’ve put together a free ‘Events in a box’ package containing everything you need to get organising. To find out more or download a pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit here
During the festival we’re also asking young people to write a ‘Dear Oldham’ letter telling us what their hopes are for the future. That could be about activities or facilities they want to see, or just simply what they want to be able to do here in years to come.
The deadline to enter letters and drawings is Friday, August 26 and you can find out how to get yours submitted here.
Winning letters and drawings will be published in a special booklet and on our social media channels.
The final day of the Your Oldham festival also coincides with the fantastic Oldham LIVE event which we recently announced.
This is a spectacular new free entertainment and music festival to be hosted in Parliament Square and is unlike anything we’ve ever put on in Oldham before.
If you’ve not already heard, it will feature pirate-themed fun for families and kids during the day from Noon until 4pm – all led by kids’ favourite Gemma Hunt from CBeebies’ Swashbuckle.
Live music will then take centre stage from 6pm onwards with a line-up headlined by The Farm, plus Stooshe, Kelly Llorenna (featured artist on N-Trance hit ‘Set You Free’), a Clint Boon DJ set and Nathan from Brother Beyond – all bands and names which should be familiar to many of you.
In next week’s blog I’ll be explaining more about our plans for this event and outlining the arrangements we’re putting in place to make this a fantastic day for everyone to remember.
In the meantime, you can find out more about it on our website here – including a video playlist of the artists appearing at Oldham LIVE, plus information about transport, and where to eat and drink.