NOISE Festival 2006 Launch

We formally open the very first NOISE online Festival event at Urbis, Manchester in October 2006.

  • Type
  • Date
    3 October, 2006
  • Location
    Urbis, Manchester

We formally open the very first NOISE online Festival event at Urbis, Manchester in October 2006. NOISE Festival 2006 is an online showcase and series of events and exhibitions of over 4,000 young creatives from across the country, who submit their creative work during the 7-month ‘Call for Submissions’ period. Each piece of work is ranked and rated by our panel of NOISE 2006 Curators, made up of top industry professionals.

Over 250 people attend the launch, hosted in the impressive foyer of the now closed Urbis space. Special guests include Wayne Hemingway and Peter Saville, who meet with the young NOISE Artists they have stamped as their favourites. This is followed by a video link-up with Cristian Jofre, our 2006 curator for Moving Image and Creative Director for MTV International by day.

Also on the guest list are over 35 VIP and media-types, including BBC, XFM, and top-level reps from the Arts Council and North West Development Agency. There are also live performances from NOISE artists Raxstar and International One.

NOISE gives the hundreds of young artists who attend the perfect opportunity to schmooze with the media and NOISE curators, meet with funders and chat to like-minded creative folk. Manchester College students from the Music and New Media Management course help the NOISE Team produce, stage and promote the event.

The do also marks the official opening of the NOISE ‘Curators’ Choice’ showcase exhibition on the third floor of the iconic Manchester building, showing the best emerging talent on NOISE’s books, handpicked by the Curators.


  • Two pieces in the Manchester Evening News
  • Channel M broadcast from the event nationally throughout the afternoon and that evening
  • XFM radio coverage

I've just returned from the launch - I was very impressed with the exhibition, there is lots of truly excellent work! It was great to meet some of my creative peers and to talk with the professionals. I was pleased with Michael Eakin's view towards a ‘golden age’ of creativity, and I think the atmosphere at the exhibition testified to the promise of this.

NOISE poet, Sean Dagan Wood.

Supported by

Arts CouncilChannel MUrbis