Building on the popularity and ethos of our Winter Beer Festival we are very happy to announce that Shebeen Festival 2015 will take place May 2nd in the Green Quarter.
The festival will be a multi venue event with each unique location (all in the Green Quarter) taking a different theme including but not limited to...
- Street food
- Beer festival
- Top class comedy
- Live acoustic acts
- Carnival party
- Art installations
- Lots of music including some very special guests
- And more...
The whole event will be a small snapshot of everything we want to achieve going forward and no one has ever done anything quite like this before here in Manchester. At the centre of the festival we hope will be Keystone.
What is Keystone?
Keystone (the brainchild of Blackjack Brewery, Shebeen Events and GRUB) is intended to be a flexible events space designed to support Manchester's best independent music, comedy and arts promoters while providing all of our visitors with top quality food and drinks provided by innovative operators.
The venue, housed in a Green Quarter railway arch, is designed to accommodate both large and small scale events as wide, varied and inclusive as…
- An array of live music gigs
- Monthly street food market
- Community meetings
- Film screenings
- Supper clubs
- Theatre productions
- Cosy acoustic gigs
- Art exhibitions
- And any other events the community or local Manchester artists want to make happen.
We hope to attract a wide array of different people to the venue so we will be making every effort to make the venue and our events as inclusive as possible.
We are also looking to have a positive impact as the focal point of the local community, hence the name Keystone. We will seek to engage with our neighbours, both residential and businesses, to support them to develop the Green Quarter.
Not only this but we want to support the diversity of the wider Manchester community. In a time when cities are struggling to retain a notable identity we want to support independent artists and businesses so we can push back on the supermarkets, the chains, the faceless mega businesses. We want to provide an environment where those fiercely independent creatives can truly flourish spawning a new wave of Manchester entrepreneurs allowing us to choose not to line the pockets of tax avoiding big business.
What are you going to eat and drink?
We plan to be one of Manchester's best stocked real ale and craft beer bars providing the best pints our UK breweries can provide, the majority of which will be coming from Manchester's excellent and expanding range of micro-breweries. We’re also keen to begin aging beers and making that a part of our offering.
Rather than producing a standard food menu we will instead provide an ever revolving stable of street food traders and pop up chefs from up and down the UK. From day to day the menus available will be as varied as Polish pierogi, Taiwanese bao, Indian dosa, Algerian patisserie, Colombian empanadas, Spanish tapas and the list goes on. This food focus will be most apparent at our monthly street food market but it will be present at every event possible, bringing unique food experiences to Keystone.
Why do we need your help?
To allow us to build a high quality venue we need you to help fund this Kickstarter campaign to supplement our existing investment. Any other route to secure this funding would lead to a dilution of our principles due to increased commercial pressure.
What are our future plans?
As mentioned above the first step is Shebeen Festival 2015 which we hope will be Keystone's launch event. Plans thereafter include...
- A Corporation Street urban market
- A regular cinema night
- A Green Quarter Carnival
- A new Manchester Independent Food & Drink Festival
- A more ambitious Shebeen Festival 2016
Obviously the opportunity to realise these ideas can only happen if each step of the plan is successful.
How can you get involved?
If you’ve always wanted to do something but you’ve never had the opportunity or the venue or knowhow please just get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do whatever we can to help you. We need partners and people to work with just as much as we need funding.
Who are we?
Jason Bailey recently formed GRUB, a new street food events company with the utmost focus on introducing Manchester food fans to new dining experiences, providing new routes in to the food industry for passionate home chefs and bringing street food to a wider, inclusive demographic.
Jon Hartley is the driving force behind Shebeen, a multi-purpose company designed to promote independent events and projects linked to food, drink, music and art. Jon's main focus is beer, launching a beautiful bar in Altrincham Market House called Jack In The Box and supporting Blackjack Beers in producing some of Manchester's finest ales.
Risks and challenges
There are several significant challenges and the most obvious is around the legal and regulatory requirements for this type of venue and festival. We will be working with our potential landlords, our local councillor and the relevant council departments to ensure this potential obstacle is managed so we have the best chance that all relevant licenses and permissions are granted.
The success of the festival is also key step towards launching Keystone and should anything beyond our control affect the financial success or quality of the festival this would be a significant barrier to moving forwards with the project.
Finally due to the nature of our selected property there are risks around the potential need for remedial works and this can only be fully investigated once we have access to the building. If the potential costs of bringing the site up to standard is greater than the potential funds generated by the various steps of our plan then we would not be able to proceed.
It is important to note that no Kickstarter funding will be spent until all the relevant permissions, leases and licenses are granted as well as a detailed inspection of the building.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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