Masters blogs: Is ManchEASTER worth the hype?

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Welcome back everyone! It is that time of the month again. I hope the break was fun and you are ready to get back into all things University and Manchester.

The Easter break is typically a holiday where most international students tend to stay in and around Manchester as there is less family pressure to visit home in the middle of a term. I happen to be in this same boat. However, having family members all over England makes it imperative to visit other cities and take a break from Manchester. Nevertheless, I spent most of my time in Manchester and it got me thinking. Is Manchester during Easter (Mancheaster – see what I did there?) worth the hype?

A quick walk through what I have been up to all Easter may provide a foundation to base your opinions and hopefully yield positive results.  Here we go!

This seems to be a recurring theme each month, but it is safe to say we students on the OPSCM course like to turn up! So to usher the break in, we had a get together featuring pool, table tennis, foosball tables, drinks and good conversation, which equals a very fun time with awesome company.

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Catching up with old friends was also wonderful, where I had an amazing circus experience at The Lowry in Salford Quays. This featured Acelere a Colombian circus and dance fusion group. The jaw dropping scenes and heart racing moments with individuals lifting each other in unbelievable ways and shapes was mind boggling but exhilarating at the same time. This simply underlines the fact that there is excitement outside Oxford Road and Arndale Shopping Centre.

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The view from Salford Quays at night is also something to behold. For all the lovers out there, this is a lovely area overlooking the water to share with a loved one at a reasonable price.

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Living in the Northern quarter has definitely influenced my eclectic tastes. Thus, when my friend Henry Tam, a recent Biomedical Science graduate from The University of Manchester turned aspiring Graphic Designer, invited me for his exhibition, this was a no brainer. Plus, a little free wine on the side is always a good incentive (haha). The talent showed at Sevendale House was truly astounding as distinct creative pieces were created over a short 3-month period.

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The playfulness of his pieces, which incorporate cultural diversity, show how influential Manchester is in shaping their alumni’s future careers. To see more of his work and portfolio, you may visit www.henrytamdesign.com.

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