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MIF News

Nikhil Chopra full programme of events

Posted on Friday 28 June 2013


During Nikhil Chopra’s performance, Coal on Cotton, the Whitworth Art Gallery is open continuously from dawn at 4.48am on Fri 5 July to sunset at 9.37pm on Sun 7 July.

Visitors can see Nikhil Chopra’s performance evolve over the weekend whilst enjoying a range of activities for early birds and night owls.  

Enjoyed a MIF event and would like to do more? Take the FREE shuttle bus from Festival Square to the Whitworth Art Gallery between 9.30pm and 1.45am.

Program of Activities

Fri 5 July

See the opening stages of nikhil Chopra's performance then hang around for the early bird breakfast at the Whitworth Café. Free tea or americano with every order over £3, available until 9am.

1pm Street Food from Mumbai
Try out some Vada Pav spicy potatoes at the Whitworth Café. A variety of dishes willbe available at all hours across the weekend.

8pm Cocktail hour at the Whitworth
Treat yourself to a Mumbai-inspired cocktails!

9.30pm to 1.45am FREE shuttle bus
Catch a ride from Festival Square to the City Centre to the Whitworth and enjoy a drink at the late night bar.

Last orders at the bar!

Sat 6 July

5am Yoga
Salute the rising sun with this free drop in yoga session for all abilities.

7am Breakfast Special
Tuck into Whitworth Breakfast Special and receive a free brew with order over £3. Offer runs between 6am and 9am.

9am The Breakfast Sessions
Enjoy your first meal of the day with live acoustics accompaniment.

11am Artist Talk: Alison Wilding
The acclaimed british sculptor talks about her work currently on display in the Sculture Court.

1pm  Street Foods
Take your lunch like they do in Mumbai and enjoy some Masala Kheema as part of a selection of street foods.

3pm Artist Talk: Pavel Buchler
The influencial Manchester-based artist talkis about his work and his current exhibition, Idle Thoughts.

5pm Film Screening
View the short film ‘Man Eats Rock’ by Nikhil Chopra and Munir Kabani.

7pm Evening Exhibitions Tour
Showing the best of the collections.

8pm Cocktail hour
Kick off your Saturday evening by tasting our Mumbai-inspired cocktails.

9am Construction
Live music and performances inspired by the 1960's artworks in our exhibition, Construction.

9.30pm to 1.45am Free shuttle bus
Catch a ride from Festival Square to the Whitworth, to avail yourself of our late bar, serving until 4am.

12am Fancy a midnight snack?
Pop the Whitworth Café for beef seekh kebabs or a refreshing mango lasi!

Stargazing led by a professional astronomer.

A little music for the night.

Last orders at the bar!

Sun 7 July

5am Yoga

Reinvigorate yourself with this early morning session in the galleries.

Whitworth Breakfast Special
Here is your last chance to partake of our early morning breakfast offer. Receive a free tea or americano with orders above £3. Offer ends at 9am.

12pm Sunday Brunch
What a better way to enjoy Sunday brunch than in the award winning Whitworth Cafe?

Afternoon Tea
Some sweet chai tea, or a mango lasi perhaps? These are served in the cafe all afternoon.

6pm Street Food
Mumbai is famous for its street food dishes. Try out some traditional 'China puri' spiced chickpeas or any of the other delicious street fare being served at the Whitworth Cafe. This is your final opportunity to get a flavour of Mumbai. Street food finishes at 8pm Sunday.

9pm Coal on Cotton
Nikhil’s performance draws to close as the sun sets on Sunday – catch the last of the rays and the culmination of his epic 65-hour performance.


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