Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North are a little different. Until it is safe for culture to return in physical spaces, we bring you the very best online theatre, music, cinema, literature, art and activities from organisations in Manchester and the North, as well as the places to enjoy food and drink.
Your Progress Will Be Saved is a Pre-Factory Event from Manchester International Festival which finds avatar artist and curator LaTurbo Avedon working in Fortnite.
Sheffield’s Showroom presents a series of free weekly film talks from esteemed academics from both Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield.
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is back for its 13th edition – this year online – with a handpicked selection of over 160 designer-makers from across the UK.
Created by composer Alex Ho and theatre-maker Elayce Ismail, this stunning fusion of music, text and visuals sees a trip to the Amazon take an unexpected turn.
A truly delicious digital theatre experience. Part radio play, part animated film – and every foodie’s dream – this hugely successful play has been adapted for you to enjoy at home.
Having taken place in Sheffield annually in June, this year Sheffield Doc/Fest extends its activities throughout the rest of the year – both in Sheffield and virtually.
The Homemakers series of virtual theatre continues with this interactive, fantasy musical set in and around your own home.
Featuring a live score and delivered via Zoom, A Manual of Fantastical Zoology is a performative exploration into the psychology of isolation.
The Brudenell Social Club is running a live stream series of in conversations with acclaimed artists and industry figures.
Working Class Movement Library presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.
The Royal Exchange’s Rockets and Blue Lights will be performed as part of the BBC’s Lockdown Theatre Festival, a radio festival dedicated to those plays that had their runs cut short by the pandemic.
Dust of your space helmets and prepare for take-off. Graduating art students from Liverpool John Moores University present: ‘The Degree Show on Mars’ – a multiverse exhibition responding to the many challenges we are currently facing back on Earth.
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival goes online from 9 to 18 July, with various events including discussion Writing The Palestinian City, in association with Comma Press, and an evening featuring spoken word artist and performer, and LAAF’s artist-in-residence for 2020, Lisa Luxx.
In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries, Word Central Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word heads online fortnightly, with a sign-up-in-advance open mic and a guest poet at each event.