Image: Copyright Dawn Kilner & Waterside Arts

Image: Copyright Dawn Kilner & Waterside Arts

Ten days of experiential performance, music and events that challenge you to see things differently.

Refract is a festival of work curated by Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford. Launching in 2017, Refract:17 launched with a unique, creative programme. Artists included Max Calaf-Seve, Ren Harvieu, Jan Ravens, Mr Wilson's Second Liners and Felix Hagan & the Family. Refract:18 welcomed cabaret from Mother’s Ruin and Teatro Pomodoro, music from the Magic Numbers, Tankus the Henge and Minute Taker, contemporary theatre from Knaive Theatre’s War with the Newts and Superfan’s Stunman, new commissions in partnership with Dance Manchester, and physical theatre from Tmesis Theatre and PanGottic.

The ten day programme will use spaces both inside and outside Waterside, often taking on an unusual setting in response to the piece of work being staged. 

“Artistic, intelligent and creative, completely different to what we have seen before.” - Visitor to Stuff @ Refract:17


Each year we turn our programming model over to the teams at Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford to curate our awesome festival line-up.

Producer: Darren Adams

Associate Producer: Ross Carey

Programming Manager: Andrew Aughton

Creative Industries Trafford; Richard Evans

Additional Programming: Jemma Baines & Oliver Sykes

Technical Management: Gareth Starkey

Operations; Louise Burgess & Jemma Baines

Marketing & Communications; Emily Lyons, Claire Saville, Emma Innes

PR Consultant: Rachel Furst

Social Media: Natalie Persogolio

Branding & Design: Lee Baxter

Trailer: Phil Brooke (PJB Digital)

Huge thanks to our partners and funders

Creative Industries Trafford

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Arts Council England

Trafford Council


Manchester Airport

Trafford Libraries

Heritage Lottery Fund