Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
LAST CHANCE. For his debut feature, director Daniel Kokotajlo delves into his own past for a drama about three women in the Jehovahs Witnesses. We spoke to the filmmaker ahead of the films release.
To mark its 250th birthday, the Royal Academy of Arts in London has launched a nationwide programme of exhibitions, displays, tours, talks and one-off events. Here we take a look at what’s going on in Salford – home of RA LS Lowry and now a growing independent art scene.
Millions of listeners enjoy BBC Philharmonic concerts on Radio 3, recorded or broadcast live from the outstanding acoustic of The Bridgewater Hall, making this orchestra one of the most widely heard in the country.
Penguin Pride comes to Manchester with an awe-inspiring line-up of LGBTQ+ writers, poets and performers to showcase some of the UK’s most exciting queer talent.
Featuring a number of pieces which have never been seen before in public, ‘Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power’ at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal delves into the life and work of one of the most widely-loved, exciting and individual sculptors of the 20th century.
Prepare your picnic and pop the prosecco, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre plays host to a magical production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
If there’s one thing you do this summer, we strongly recommend you hop on a train and make your way over to the 10th edition of the ever-popular Liverpool Biennial – ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ – a city-wide festival of new and exciting contemporary art from around the world.
Stretch those competitive muscles and explore 40 years of video game challenges and design from Pacman to the latest in virtual reality.
This Autumn, RNCM is asking the question: what makes something original? Entitled ‘Original Voices’, this future-leaning season showcases artists from across the world who are doing something just that little bit different. With some incredibly exciting and innovative concerts to look forward to, we have compiled our favourites into the guide below. Get ready to encounter technological exploration, multi-sensory experiences as well as performances which pinpoint groundbreaking moments in music.
LAST CHANCE. Did you know that the remarkable yellows of Turner’s sunsets came from the urine of mango-fed cows? Or that the reds of Raphael’s greatest masterpieces derived from cactus-dwelling bugs? The Alchemy of Colour at The John Rylands Library explores the unusual stories behind some of art history’s most dazzling hues.
Pack your bags for an adventure as you discover the incredible journeys made by the people of Quarry Bank in an interactive trail.
Is it love, or is it hate? Shakespeare’s comedy of merriment, wooing and winning of hearts, returns to Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre this summer.
Adventure around the new Midnight Garden trail at Dunham Massey. Discover secret things among the trees, take part in Edwardian storytelling, games and more.
Art, science, music, performers. Inspired by the incredible and unique worlds of animals and plants, this mind-blowing celebration will have you discovering something new at every turn.
Home to a wealth of world-class visitor attractions, award-winning museums, exceptional gardens, five Victorian parks and the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever to be found; Stoke-on-Trent (affectionately nicknamed The Potteries) is bursting with an inspired programme of cultural activity this summer.
A remarkable journey to unpick the secret behind one of the world’s most popular and enduring art genres, a fresh look at the idea of First World War remembrance, and a city-wide takeover in honour of the Royal Academy’s 250th birthday; check out our latest pick of exhibition highlights and must-go events.