My Week In Happy: Addictive Comedy and BarCamp Manchester

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It’s been a hectic couple of weeks so this going to be a super quick round-up of what I’ve been up to. There’s lots going on in Manchester so I’m just going to share a couple of things I’ve been involved with this lately.

The Umbrella Cafe

This is the only ‘dry’ i.e. alcohol-free bar in Manchester (not to be confused with DRY on Oldham Street).

It’s hosted by Nexus Arts Cafe on Dale Street and offers an inclusive space where people, who are abstaining from alcohol for whatever reason, can relax, eat cake, dance, laugh and drink pop (or tea, coffee etc).

I heard about this place a few months back and, as I choose to be alcohol-free, it’s arrival in the city’s fashionable Northern Quarter was very welcome. I already wrote a bit about it in ‘Where the magic happens‘.

Full house

Filled to the rafters for Addictive Comedy at The Umbrella Cafe

I was back there on Friday to celebrate Helen’s birthday and called in for a night of ‘Addictive Comedy’ on Saturday. Yes, it seems I’ve become hooked on the place…

It was lovely to see Lizzie Allan, Ali Khan and their guest playing to a full, and naturally buzzing, house.

BarCamp Manchester

For those of you unfamiliar with the ‘BarCamp’ format, it’s basically a two-day event where people show up and get the chance to grab a slot to talk about whatever they are passionate about.

Also referred to as an ‘unconference’, no talks are scheduled in advance and everyone is welcome to take a session. However, there’s no pressure to speak if that’s not your thing – you can still listen, question and contribute in other ways.

Because I tried to do too many things last week I only lasted for the Saturday. Some people actually choose to sleep over at the venue, but for me there was no contest between a sleeping bag and my comfortable bed at home.

The event was splendidly organised by Ian Forrester and team, and hosted by SpacePortX – and despite the name is not an alcohol-driven event.

I do wonder what Josh has done with the video of Ian and Tim's chat

I do wonder what Josh has done with the video of Ian and Tim’s chat

My person highlights were Ian’s candid chat with Tim Dobson about dating deal breakers and Hwa Young’s session on detective storytelling rules (watch her talk about this at Ignite Liverpool earlier this month).

If you’d like to know more about BarCamp Manchester  and how you can look at some pictures on Flickr or catch up with the Twitter action on the hashtag #BCMCR

I’m keeping it brief this week, but I wanted to share again my mantra as a friend reminded me of it today.

Why wait for someone else to set the scene when you can run the show yourself?

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