Unmissable things to do in Manchester and the North

Discover fantastic things to do in Manchester and the North – from cinema, concerts, art exhibitions and theatre to outdoor family events and sizzling spoken word.

Our top picks
Giselle
Theatre 27 September 2016–1 October 2016, from £12.00

Last Chance: Akram Khan’s Giselle

in Khan we’ve got a real master of the craft. Pair him up with the immaculate dancers of the English National Ballet and it is hard to see what could go wrong

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Theatre 28 September 2016–8 October 2016, from £10.00

The Emperor

Master of transformation Kathryn Hunter brings to life an extraordinary fable of corruption, avarice and the collapse of absolute power.

Darling – Image courtesy of Grimmfest
Cinema 6 October 2016–9 October 2016, from £20.00

Grimmfest 2016

One of the top 40 genre film festivals in the World, Manchester’s annual festival of horror, cult and fantastic film at Odeon Printworks returns this October.

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Theatre 8 September 2016–15 October 2016, from £11.00

To Kill a Mockingbird at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

With the Black Lives Matter movement at the forefront of many people’s minds it is a good time to revisit Harper Lee’s iconic testament to tolerance.

Humanities in Public Festival
Exhibitions 7 October 2016–24 June 2017,

Humanities in Public Festival

The annual Humanities in Public Festival enjoys a strong reputation for its city-wide programme of events – and over 7,000 regular attendees.

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus
Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

An exhibition focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.

Tim Etchells, Lets Pretend (Large) (2014), installation view, Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Phill Heywood, courtesy Grundy Art Gallery.
Exhibitions 1 September 2016–7 January 2017, FREE

NEON: The Charged Line at the Grundy Art Gallery

A major new exhibition bringing together some of the most internationally renowned neon artworks from the 1960s to the present day. The most significant survey focusing solely on the medium of neon staged in the UK to date.

The Other Room: Charles Berstein, Susan Bee, and Maggie O’Sullivan
Literature 3 October 2016, FREE

The Other Room: Charles Bernstein, Susan Bee and Maggie O’Sullivan

The Other Room introduce poet, essayist, editor and critic Charles Bernstein, artist Susan Bee, and Maggie O’Sullivan.

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Music 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £5.00

Oxjam Manchester Takeover 2016

Oxjam Manchester Takeover Festival is back for 2016 to the streets of Chorlton for a mega weekend of live music.

Design City Film Season
Cinema 12 October 2016–23 October 2016, from £7.00

Design City Film Season

The team behind DM16 celebrate design in cinema with a terrific short season of films each introduced by an industry expert.

Culture Guides

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Music

As the festival season draws to a rainy close now is the time to enjoy your…

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Theatre

I don’t think there’s a more enticing time of year to visit the theatre than autumn – when the nights draw in it just feels more exciting to be sat in a theatre seat.

Artist Film Weekender 2016

Cinema

As always, October brings with it a surplus of scary films timed to coincide with Hallowe’en.

Tim Etchells, Lets Pretend (Large) (2014), installation view, Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Phill Heywood, courtesy Grundy Art Gallery.

Exhibitions

An overview of the current best exhibitions in Manchester and the North might be summed up in the following directive: think differently.

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Families

Autumn is drawing in and half term adventures are on the horizon. Here are our top tips for outdoor and indoor hot tickets to book and do now.

Lemn Sissay at the 8th Black and Asian Writers Conference

Literature

From Rising Stars to World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. And the region is abuzz with words this month – and, in the case of the South Lakes, words and pictures.

Destination Guides

Discover the BBC Philharmonic’s

2016/17 concert season

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Things to do right now

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Shakespeare, his Wife and the Dog
Theatre 27 September 2016–1 October 2016, from £12.00

Shakespeare, his Wife and the Dog

Giselle
Theatre 27 September 2016–1 October 2016, from £12.00

Last Chance: Akram Khan’s Giselle

Cake
Families 1 October 2016, from £6.50

Cake at Waterside Arts Centre

Tor Festival 2016
Music 30 September 2016–1 October 2016, from £3.00

Tor Festival 2016

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Music 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £5.00

Oxjam Manchester Takeover 2016

Artist Film Weekender 2016
Cinema 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £3.00

Artist Film Weekender 2016

The Manchester School of Art MA show 2015
Exhibitions 30 September 2016–8 October 2016, FREE

Manchester School of Art MA Show 2016

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Theatre 28 September 2016–8 October 2016, from £10.00

The Emperor

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Exhibitions 24 September 2016–9 October 2016, FREE

Projects: Rachel Goodyear – Glimpse

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Theatre 8 September 2016–15 October 2016, from £11.00

To Kill a Mockingbird at Octagon Theatre, Bolton