Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
Indulge in a long weekend packed with amazing gigs in great venues. Get involved in singing, songwriting and craft workshops. Grab your friends and dance a ceilidh. This festival is a chance to discover new bands, create something you’re proud of, relax with friends and make new connections.
Meet a real-life cyborg, immerse yourself in a black hole or one of 120 other events in 11 days … yes Manchester Science Festival is back.
Heiner Goebbels new large-scale work, presented with Manchester International Festival, has received its world premiere and is now showing at Mayfield Depot.
Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Sarah Frankcom’s version of Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Asia Triennial Manchester returns for its fourth edition, filling the city with work by artists from across South Korea, Japan, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka and the UK, grouped around the central provocation: Who do you think you are?
FilmFear is back as HOME team up with Film4 for another season of new and classic scary movies, premieres and director Q&As.
PRiSM presents ‘The Music of the Primes’, a truly illuminating event from which you will gain an insight into the fascinating and often surprising links between music and maths. Don’t fear if it’s been a while since you’ve practiced your equations – you don’t need to be Pythagoras to take something interesting away from the evening!
Festival of light and art Light Up Lancaster returns to the city with installations, projections, performance and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.
An incredible wonderland of outdoor arts, masquerade and pint carrying competitions in Penrith.
Written by Bruntwood Prize-winner Anna Jordan, The Unreturning tells the interwoven stories of three men coming home from war.
Orbit Festival 2018 at Manchester’s HOME brings together innovative new work from theatre-makers across the globe.
In The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, 1927 takes their audience on a theatrical journey of startling originality.
Inspired by the mystery plays of the Middle Ages, The Mysteries is a cycle of six new plays, set in six different places in England.
The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds presents a major exhibition dedicated to the work of African-American sculptor Senga Nengudi – the pioneering figure who first introduced contemporary art to nylon stockings.
More spoken word nights are emerging to join our favourite regulars, there are lots of launches and one-offs and workshops and conferences and even walking tours, and tickets are selling like hot cakes for Manchester Literature Festival, the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and Chester Literature Festival.