Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
OPENS THIS WEEK. Renowned fashion photographer and contemporary visual artist, Viviane Sassen’s upcoming exhibition Hot Mirror at the Hepworth promises to be one of the absolute highlights of this year’s cultural calendar.
One of the country’s leading poets, Benjamin Zephaniah visits the RNCM as part of his first tour in eight years, to mark the publication of his autobiography. Expect insightful stories from throughout his remarkable life, as well as a selection of his favourite poetry.
Join the best-loved children’s authors and illustrators from across the land for a weekend of literary larks and piano playing bears in the woods at Quarry Bank.
The RNCM’s Big Band collaborates and performs with legendary jazz improviser Bart van Lier, principal trombonist with the Metropole Orkest, for its major summer concert. As well as work by van Lier, the programme features pieces by Bill Holman, Jerome Kern and Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz.
A world premiere re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, relocated to 20th Century Liverpool by writer Robert Farquhar
Capturing a unique period of intense creativity that fundamentally shaped the course of western art history, it’s fair to say that we’re more than a tad excited for the opening of ‘A Dutch Golden Age: Painters, Places and People in the 17th Century’ at Cannon Hall in Barnsley.
Pick up your map and join the first-ever Lost and Found expedition, a family-friendly afternoon of exploration, around Manchester’s Central Library.
Manchester Literature Festival and Northern commissioned poet Helen Mort to write about the journey from Manchester to Hebden Bridge. Courtesy MLF and Northern, you can explore the Calder Valley’s rich literary heritage with a special trail and map.
HOME welcomes you to a double-bill performance from two of Manchester’s most exciting theatre companies, exploring our city and its people.
LAST CHANCE. Bolton Octagon launched their ‘Octagon on the Road’ season with this fantastic off-site production of the cult-classic Summer Holiday.
The Ciambra is set amidst a small Romani community in Calabria. Pio Amato is desperate to grow up. At 14, he drinks, smokes and is one of the few to easily slide between the region’s factions.
It’s the last That’s What She Said before a summer break, and this month the For Books’ Sake gang welcome authors Holly Ringland and Rosie Garland to their all-female line-up.
Contact announces In The City Part Two – its radical city-wide programme of performance during the buildings exciting transformation.
Relocating to the Bridgewater Hall for this season-opening concert, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra tackles Holst’s crowd-pleasing imagining of the sounds of the universe. The programme also includes Elgar’s The Music Makers – a fitting ode to the importance of art in society – featuring the school’s combined choruses.
Don’t worry, you haven’t OD’ed on contemporary art. The dapperly dressed mole and skittish prickle of hedgehogs playing brass bells are part of YSP’s new exhibition; The Wishing Post by Etsy-celeb, Mister Finch.
Despite the traditional summer break, there’s still plenty of poetry and prose to catch, book and magazine launches, birthday parties, and even an exhibition dedicated to libraries. And if you don’t like sitting still for too long, there’s even a literature trail or two to check out…