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Weekend: Events this week

Social Avenue

A car park in Trafford Park, Manchester, is the location for a summer pop-up featuring street food, bars, DJs and safe, distanced dancing. Social Avenue has been up and running since late July and is hitting its stride with big-name DJs including Darius Syrossian (top) playing for four hours (tomorrow), Skream (Sun) and Eats Everything (Aug 23), on the line-up. Safety measures include advanced tickets, booking tables for groups (social bubbles) between two and six people, one-way systems and table service. facebook.com/pg/SocialAvenueMCR

SOfa Fest

SO festival, the free family arts festival that usually takes place across the East Lincolnshire coast has moved online this year as SOfa Fest 2020, with creators including Birdhouse Projects, Barmpot Theatre, Benjamin Peel (pictured) and Breakwater Theatre Company and The Different Light Collective, presenting special commissions for the digital edition. For example The Different Light Collective’s The Butterfly Project has seen more than 100 people design and create butterflies which have been digitally animated in a magical short film to view online and also projected across local landmarks. SOfa Fest also has a networking event for creatives, and over the closing weekend, it’s teaming up with Denmark’s Passage Festival for an shared programme of digital events, and a showcase for Lincolnshire artists. Until August 23, sofestival.org

Boomtown 2020: The Lost Chapter

Roll up to the (virtual) Boomtown Fair for a weekend of escapism, adventures and surprises as the festival with eye-popping meets mind-bending production and immersive worlds, takes to the world wide web for its 12th edition (or chapter). Twisted Time Machine host the weekend and take you through iconic party eras from disco to rave via EDM, and you can expect surprises and adventures galore, from the Fair’s renowned street venues and stages, evocative films crafted from footage sent in by festival-goers. While details of DJs, or vibes masters as they’re known at Boomtown, and performers, remain a surprise, you can be sure thundering basslines, from jungle to drum’n’bass to dubstep to reggae, will feature heavily. And all the content is free, too. Until Sunday, facebook.com/boomtownofficial

Edinburgh International Book Festival

EIBF has pulled out all the stops to ‘keep the conversation going’ during the pandemic by shifting online and hosting more than 140 livestreamed events, including big name conversations, interactive discussions, readings and workshops. Guests include Booker winner Hilary Mantel, former prime minister Gordon Brown, celebrated Indian writer and activist Arundhati Roy, Turkish writer Elif Shafak and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon in conversation with Booker winner Bernadine Evaristo; the poetry line up features Roger Robinson, Natalie Diaz, Nikita Gill and Scottish Makar, Jackie Kay (above); and there’s a jam-packed Baille Gifford children’s programme to help drag you over the summer holidays finishing line. Tomorrow to August 31, edbookfest.co.uk