Unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North

Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North are a little different. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

For now, here’s our guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North.

Cinema Until 7 June 2020, FREE

We Are One: A Global Film Festival

We Are One: A Global Film Festival is a free 10-day online festival, exclusively on YouTube, born out of the idea that the film community can come together in times of crises.

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Festivals Until 31 December 2020,

Homemakers

HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. 

Music 2 June 2020 6:30 pm, from £20

RNCM Great Big Charity Music Quiz with Pete Waterman

Join RNCM for an online music quiz hosted by Pete Waterman. The quiz will raise vital funds for RNCM and the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity.

Rockets and Blue Lights with BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival
Theatre 13–14 June 2020, FREE

Rockets and Blue Lights with BBC Lockdown Theatre Festival

The Royal Exchange’s Rockets and Blue Lights will be performed as part of the BBC’s Lockdown Theatre Festival, a radio festival dedicated to those plays that had their runs cut short by the pandemic.

Classical Music Until 22 June 2020, FREE

Psappha – Lockdown Series Premieres

Psappha continue their series of YouTube Premieres with Anton Webern’s arrangement of Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No.1.

Food and Drink Until 26 July 2020, FREE

GRUB-E-MART

GRUB-E-MART is the food collection and delivery service for these strange times from the people behind the GRUB Food Fair. Pick up your take-home “ready” meal kits and more from this weekend.

The Music of Anthony Burgess
Music Until 26 June 2020, FREE

The Music of Anthony Burgess Exhibition

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation has created a new online exhibition that offers an entry point to explore the music of Anthony Burgess.

Music Until 15 June 2020, FREE

Band on the Wall: World of Music Programme

Band on the Wall’s new online programme features instrumental lessons, an interactive choir, and tutorials on how to play tunes from around the world.

Music 4 June 2020 5:00 pm, FREE

Live Q&A with Chris Illingworth from GoGo Penguin at RNCM

Join RNCM online for a live Q&A with Chris Illingworth from GoGo Penguin, whose new album is due for release on 5th June.

Forced Entertainment: End Meeting For All
Theatre Until 30 June 2020, FREE

Forced Entertainment: End Meeting For All

A fragmentary online work by Forced Entertainment, and probably the most entertaining Zoom meeting you will have during the pandemic.

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020,

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore – Online at The Hepworth Wakefield

This major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore highlighting their shared interests.

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2020, FREE

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library

The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.

Education Until 24 June 2020, FREE

Adventures in History – Online with Imperial War Museum

A brand-new digital programme from the Imperial War Museum that brings history into the homes of families across the world.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Knives Out – Streaming on Google Play

Rian Johnson (Brick) assembles an all-star cast in this characteristically intelligent whodunit about a famed southern detective who joins forces with local police to investigate a group of eccentric suspects following the murder of a wealthy crime novelist.

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2021, FREE

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool

FACT’s year-long programme, The Living Planet, seems even more timely than first imagined – and has been created for people to interact with and enjoy remotely for free online.

Culture Guides

Cinema Online

Cinemas might be closed but independent venues and distributors need any help they can get. We look at some films you can stream and places to donate.

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield

Exhibitions

Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Makefest At Home

Families Online

Need some inspiration for online activities and creative family fun? Look no further than our top picks online for families across Manchester and the North.

Makar to Makar with Jackie Kay. Photo by Jon Parker Lee, MLF.

Literature

There’s lots to do now that Live Literature Land is exploring online activities and events. Plus read all about a fabulous new exhibition focusing on independent publishing house Carcanet Press, ready and waiting for when the libraries reopen…

Music

Discover the best live-streamed concerts, broadcasts, musical activities and exhibitions on offer during the lockdown.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

We can’t wait to be back in the stalls again…until then there’s plenty to experience online in our guide to the best theatre in Manchester and the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester.

Higher Ground

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Lockdown is in full effect but that doesn’t mean we can’t support our favourite bars, restaurants, brewers and food suppliers. Here’s our guide to the best takeaway and delivery Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Isolation Broadcast

Online events

Discover the best things to do online from the organisations we love in Manchester and the North.

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Tours and Activities

Expect thrills, informative discussion, politically charged tours and wobbly towns in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.