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The New Year edit: Creative Tourist’s Cultural Calendar 2014

Susie Stubbs
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Creative tourist cultural calendar what's on in 2014

Wave out the old year and salute the new: here’s our annual list of some of the best-looking arts events in the North in 2014.

One of our favourite jobs in the whole year is this: to sift through the press releases and information, call in favours and call up strangers, and then to sit around a table and compile a list of the most intriguing arts events taking place across the North in the coming year. We might not get them all. We might not get it 100% right. But we do, in the process, get a sense of the cultural richness of the coming year.

It’s our fave job of the year: to sift through information, call in favours & call up strangers

We are thus very happy to report that 2014 looks like a belter. From new art spaces and theatres to art festivals that span cities and even continents, from the Grand Départ and a festival of rhubarb to documentary film, blockbuster shows and exhibitions by artists whose names you may not know now, but whose you will before next year is out, the Cultural Calendar is a snapshot of the cultural year to come. Download the Creative_Tourist_Calendar_2014 now, or read it below. We hope you enjoy it.

Culture Guides

Image courtesy of HOME

Cinema

Cinemas around the North are putting on their festive hats this month but don’t worry, there’s plenty going on even if you aren’t into the whole Christmas thing.

Intervention 15 by Edward Krasinski

Exhibitions

100 artists feature in an exhibition celebrating the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary, Edward Krasinksy is a surprise hit at Tate Liverpool and Manchester Museum looks at a world without bees. Our top exhibitions in Manchester and the North.

Credit Karen Wright

Families

It may be blinkin cold but The Whitworth’s Frost Fair will warm your cockles, as will some tip top theatrical family classics – but not as you know ’em.

kulning

Literature

Plenty of festive fun, including some seasonal storytelling in Manchester and Liverpool, then much to add to your lily-white 2017 diary…

La Vie Parisienne

Music

As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy.

COAL

Theatre

We’re breaking this month’s theatre picks into grit and glam. Glam because it’s the season of shiny, sparkly things, ­and grit because, well, we’re Northern after all.

Destination Guides

Things to do right now

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COAL
Dance 07–08 December 2016 , from £10.00

Gary Clarke Company: COAL at Contact Theatre

Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations
Cinema 25 November–09 December 2016 , from £5.00

Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations

Feed Me - Image courtesy of Rachel Maclean
Cinema 03–13 December 2016 , from £7.00

Film Season: I’m Too Happy

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Theatre 17 November–15 December 2016 , from £7.00

Scouse: a Comedy of Terrors

Michael Rosen - Image courtesy of Z-Arts
Families 17 September–17 December 2016 , from £7.00

Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things at Z-arts

Benji Reid: A Thousand Words
Exhibitions 22 September–17 December 2016 , FREE

Benji Reid: A Thousand Words

La Vie Parisienne
Music 07–17 December 2016 , from £21.00

La Vie Parisienne

Photo of the festive display outside the Corn Exchange
Food and Drink 10 November–20 December 2016 , FREE

Manchester Christmas Markets

timisherwood
Exhibitions 24 November–21 December 2016 , FREE

Tim Isherwood: Please Use The Intercom

Find Rudolph
Families 26 November 2016–02 January 2017 , FREE

Find Rudolph

Tim Etchells, Lets Pretend (Large) (2014), installation view, Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Phill Heywood, courtesy Grundy Art Gallery.
Exhibitions 01 September 2016–07 January 2017 , FREE

NEON: The Charged Line at the Grundy Art Gallery