Italian eatery opens in Stockport

By Peter Stanners

Manchester Mouth’s newest recruit reviews the new eatery that is pioneering Stockport’s cosmopolitan revival.

An ambitious sibling team has opened an Italian coffee house and restaurant in the heart of Stockport.

Taking over the site of the old Stockport Arms on Petersgate, Da Vinci’s is a gift to Stockport, offering incredible food in a cosy environment with great value for money.

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Locals celebrate Italian links

LOCAL people gathered on Sunday 27 June 2010 to celebrate Manchester’s Italian heritage.

Hundreds of men women and children wearing traditional Italian dress braved the 30 degree heat to take part in the 120th Italian Parade.

Seven ft tall statues of saints were carried from St Michael’s Church in Ancoats, once the city’s own Little Italy, down Miller Street and across Cross Street to the town hall on Albert Square.

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German footie cup held at Uni

A NATIONAL football tournament for English based fans of German culture is being held at The University of Manchester.

On Saturday 1 May 2010 the Sauerkraut Cup will be taking place in a bid to  promote understanding of German culture.

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Euro film festival kicks off

A VARIETY of European movies will be shown in Manchester as part of a special event.

Between 27 April and 2 May 2010 Kinofilm Manchester European Short Film Festival is hosting a line-up that offers an ambitious and wide-ranging week of new motion picture and filmmaking events.

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Bolton hosts famous Euro circus

A WORLD famous circus troupe will be performing a massive free event in Bolton this Sunday.

Cirque Bijou is staging an unique outdoor show at Castle Hill playing fields in the Greater Manchester town on 2 May 2010.

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Hispanic arts fest hits Manchester

OLÉ: Cornerhouse is hosting its Spanish and Latin American art and films season from 6 to 27 March 2010

MARNCHESTER’S Cornerhouse is hosting its Spanish and Latin American art and films season throughout March.

¡Viva! Film Festival, which runs from 6 to 27 March 2010, offers a snapshot of the best of Hispanic cinema from the past twelve months, featuring 18 new films and three short programmes.

In Gallery One Mexican artist Carlos Amorales will be showing two of his most recent works ‘PsicofoniaIs’ and ‘Discarded Spider’.

This year Cornerhouse, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art and film, will be introducing to some of the top Spanish movies including Catalan gem ‘Little Indi’, a coming of age fable about a teenage bird lover who is forced to confront the harshest side of life to help his mother.

EVENTS: ¡Viva! will feature 18 new films, an exhibition by a Mexican artist, lectures, and networking opportunities

As well as this the festival will feature a host of  cross-country and cross-genre collaborations, including opening film ‘Solo Quiero Caminar’ (Just Walking), a revenge thriller and Spanish/Mexican co-production.

Also amongst ¡Viva!’s impressive collection of art and film is a Hispano Mancunian feast – a live accompaniment by Manchester-based band Die Kunst to the mesmerising short films of Segundo de Chomónx: ‘Le Scarabée d’or’ (1907), ‘Excursión Incoherente’ (1909) and ‘Metempsycose’ (1907).

Alongside all this there will be an introduction to Spanish cinema held on Tuesday 2 March 2010 at 6pm. It will include an ovierview of ¡Viva! 2010 which will highlight prominent directors, actors, producers, and the festivals must see films. It will cost £3.50 or £3 to concessions.

Carmen Herrero will also be exploring the representation of crime in recent Spanish and Latin American films in a lecture. It will discuss how crime films can be used to comment on socio-political events and gender issues as well as raising questions of citizenship and national identity. This talk takes place on Monday 8 March 2010 at 6pm. It will also cost £3.50.

If you would like more information about ¡Viva! visit www.vivafilmfestival.com.

Muslim Jewish forum tours Spain

THE MUSLIM Jewish Forum for Greater Manchester is inviting people to join it on its cultural tour around the south coast of Spain.

The forum (MJF) is emarking on a three-day tour around Jewish and Muslim cultural sites around Cordoba, Granada and Malaga and you can come too.

On the first day of the trip, which runs from 10 to 13 May 2010, the travellers will be flying from Manchester to Malaga and getting settled at Hotel Plaza Nueva, where they will be staying for the next few days.

Located in the heart of Granada’s historic centre, this three-star hotel has a typical Andalusian central courtyard which is in keeping with the hotel’s traditionally decorated interior of mosaics, glass ceilings and archways.

The travellers will also get the opportunity to visit Halal Moroccan eatery Restaurante Arrayanes on Day One. The restaurant, whose staff speak Spanish, Arabic, French, English, German and Italian, serves a range of exotic pies that combine sweet and savoury ingredients like lamb and prunes with almonds, herbs and spices. It also produces lots of vegetarian dishes, refreshing yoghurt dips and sticky eastern sweets too.

On Tuesday 11 May, aka Day Two, the Jewish and Muslim travellers from Manchester will tour Granada with an English-speaking guide and visit the Alhambra and The Palacios Nazaries.

The Alhambra, whose construction was begun in the 13th century by Ibn al-Ahmar, founder of the Nasrid dynasty, and was completed by his successors in the 14th century, is a sprawling palace-citadel which contains royal quarters, court complexes, official chambers, a traditional bath, and a mosque.

After this the group will lunch at Restaurant Rincón de Lola, Placeta Poeta Luis Rosales, for a vegetarian feast in the cellar of a 16th-century monastery. Dining under the monstary’s original barrel arches creates an atmospheric experience and the Moorish desserts are legendary.

Travellers will have the afternoon of Day Two to explore Granada for themselves and will meet evening for dinner at Restaurante Sultan, Cetti Meriem, for a halal meal.

On Wednesday 12 May 2010, Day Three, MJF will visit Cordoba, its Mezquita (Spanish word for mosque) and the Juderia (the Jewish Quarter).

The Mezquita is now a Roman Catholic cathedral but was originally constructed as a mosque when the church which had previously stood on the site was confiscated after a Muslim conquest. It was reconstructed and became the second largest mosque in the world.

Córdoba’s old Jewish quarter consists of a fascinating network of narrow lanes. At the centre of the quarter is the Synagogue in Calle de los Judios, one of only three original synagogues left in Spain. A Mudéjar construction dating from 1315, it was converted to a church in the 16th century and then held by the Guild of Shoemakers until it was rediscovered in the 19th Century. The interior includes a gallery for women and plaster work with inscriptions from Hebrew psalms. Its main beautifully restored wall, has a semi-circular arch where a chest with the Holy Scrolls of Law used to be kept.

The travellers will go on to a Halal lunch at Restaurant Cafetin, an Islamic cultural centre and will have the remainder of the afternoon to themselves.

They will return to Granada in the evening to dine at Restaurante Arrayanes again.

MJF will return to Manchester on Thursday 13 May 2010. The trip costs £545 per person, with a single supplement of £50.

Included in the price are return flights between Manchester and Malaga, three nights (bed and breakfast included) at Hotel Plaza Nueva, the tour of Granada with English-speaking guide (including the Alhambra and The Palacios Nazaries and other places of Muslim or Jewish interest), transport to Cordoba and tour of Cordoba with English-speaking guide (including the Mezquita and the Juderia), entrance fees to places visited, two dinners at Restaurante Arrayanes, one dinner at Restaurante Sultan. Lunches not included in the price.

Forum member Heather Fletcher will be writing a report about the a trip for Manchester Mouth.

If you would like to book a place on MJF’s Spanish tour contact Flecther via legalactress@googlemail.com for more details.