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
Heritage Lottery Fund