Discover acclaimed music and stand-out exhibitions, groundbreaking theatre, family, cinema and literary events in Manchester and the North.Our top picks
Quarry Bank’s new season of contemporary art exploring themes of work, leisure and the legacies of industrialisation, seems particularly prescient in today’s world of rapidly advancing technology.
Manchester’s citywide festival of creativity and design returns for its fifth outing, sparking curiosity, creativity and discussion for all, from budding young animators to industry professionals. A jam-packed programme of talks, exhibitions, workshops, films, live music and fairs.
Grammy-winning musician St. Vincent plays her largest Manchester show to date this October. She is touring new album Masseduction, which counts power, sex, imperilled relationships and death among its themes, and features contributions from the likes of Kamasi Washington and Jenny Lewis.
A major new exhibition at HOME sets out to re-examine the legacy of the Russian Revolution through the lens of the ‘New East’ today.
Performers inhabit giant glass jars, Petri dishes and test tubes for an acclaimed production in which much is revealed through confinement.
Legendary German singer and actress Ute Lemper brings her celebrated show Last Tango in Berlin: The Best of Ute to Manchester. Expect to be taken to Berlin, Paris and Buenos Aires on a musical journey featuring the songs of Brecht, Weill, Piaf, Brel and Piazzolla.
This autumn, Big Imaginations will celebrate and showcase the highest quality theatre for children and families in over 26 venues across the North West.
A major programme of exhibitions and events reflecting on the shared heritage and historic connections between South Asia and the North of England opens across the city.
Join world-renowned writer and Man Met Professor of Poetry Michael Symmons Roberts for a special close reading of the series ‘Food for Risen Bodies’ from his 2004 collection Corpus.
Watch, listen to and participate in artists’ presentations, displays, creative responses, performances and workshop activities, and view some of composer Delia Derbyshire’s archive.
Special screening of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, an inspiring documentary about the international direct action sexual health advocacy group.
Communities, artists, activists, researchers, ecological organisations and policy-makers are invited to join environmental experts for an afternoon exploring the values of urban nature for wellbeing, ageing and biodiversity through film and chat.
The UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music returns for its 40th edition. Featuring the music of Kraftwerk and Lou Reed, as well as countless exclusives and premieres from composers and ensembles from throughout the world, 2017 promises to be the festival’s biggest and most adventurous outing to date.
Igor and Moreno are internationally renowned dance artists who create mesmerising shows celebrating human life.
The first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth herald the start of one of the greatest symphonies ever written…..Conductor Nicholas Collon and Violinist James Ehnes join the orchestra for an evening not to be missed.