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Wigan’s WOW Factor Returns
Friday 30th July, 2010

Wigan’s WOW Factor Returns
Shademakers from Germany lead the parade in 2009.

WIGAN’S flagship festival - WOW - returns this weekend to Alexandra Park in Newtown and organisers are promising a feast of family focused fun.

The Wigan One World Festival is a celebration of the cultural diversity across the borough and throughout the world.

More than 200 artists from countries as far flung as Brazil and Central Africa will perform at the free annual event this Sunday marking the climax of the borough’s Festival Fever season which has seen thousands of people access free cultural opportunities this year.

There will also be a number of dance and musical performances by members of Exodus – a project administered by Community Arts Northwest which works with Manchester based refugee communities on an array of arts projects.

Chris Wyatt , Arts and Festival organiser for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “WOW is a creative fusion of local and international artistic performers, dancers, singers and musicians.

“This year’s collaboration with the Exodus project will ensure a brilliant array of performers drawing on the rich heritage of Greater Manchester, alongside home grown talent providing a feast of fun.”

Last year more than 9,000 people enjoyed the day.

Chris added: “WOW is a firm favourite in Wigan and Leigh’s cultural calendar but we would also like people from across the region to come along and experience the spirit of this arts festival with their family and friends.”

A vast range of dance groups from ‘urban funk’ and ‘hip hop’ to national dance from Egypt, Scotland and Africa will perform alongside local dance groups.

There’ll also be a musical feast with bands playing from Zimbabwe, Kurdistan and Brazil while this year’s crowd pleasing carnival parade will finish with Dream Engine’s spectacular Heliosphere – a giant balloon supporting a graceful and courageous acrobat!

There will also be opportunities to explore the library bus and discover your heritage with the heritage team.

WOW at Alexandra Park, Newtown takes place this Sunday August 1 between 12pm and 5pm.

A free shuttle bus will be operating at regular intervals from Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre, starting at 11.30am.

People are being urged to make use of free on street parking in the town centre this Sunday or the free parking facilities at Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Newtown.

For more information visit www.wlct.org/festivalfever.

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