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

Susie Stubbs

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

Poet Malika Booker.

Literature

Live literature has plenty for readers and writers alike this spring, with emerging names and established authors taking to a mic near you, along with the opportunity to perform or put pen to paper yourself. There’s lots to listen to in real life and there are still opportunities to join in to events online. Read more here…

Music

From the North’s best festival line-ups to the wildest collaboration you’ll catch on a Manchester stage this year, check out our latest music picks.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

Check out our updated theatre guide for provocative dance shows, prosecco-popping outdoor performances and site-specific Shakespeare.

Manchester Jazz Festival

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester and the north.

Stuzzi Leeds

Food and Drink

Enjoy spring and summer at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Cinema

Ennio Morricone, Charlie Chaplin and 80s vampires. There’s something for everybody on the big screen this month.

Hurvin Anderson, Double Grille, 2008 © Hurvin Anderson. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2022

Exhibitions

Whatever the weather, we’ve got tonnes of new art for you to enjoy. This month we bring you lots of choice: from large, all-encompassing displays to smaller and equally as interesting shows to suit all tastes.

Families at Bluedot Festival

Families

With summer just around the corner, here are some of the best family-friendly events taking place in Manchester and the North in the coming months, both indoors and outdoors, so you can enjoy a fun trip out with your family come rain or shine!

Tours and Activities

Discover a new hobby, experience the most deliciously diverse area of Manchester’s city centre and explore the city’s infamous music scene in this month’s Tours and Activities guide.

Things to do right now

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Activity 20 May 2022 10:30 am, from £80.00

Cyanotype Lampshade Workshop at MCDC

Pride in Trafford
Festivals Until 21 May 2022, FREE

Pride in Trafford 2022

Beryl at Oldham Coliseum
Theatre Until 21 May 2022, from £7.00

Beryl at Oldham Coliseum

The White Card at HOME
Theatre Until 21 May 2022, from £10.00

The White Card at HOME

Theatre Until 21 May 2022, from £14.00

Maggie May at Leeds Playhouse

Northern Ballet Casanova The Lowry
Dance Until 21 May 2022, from £19.00

Northern Ballet: Casanova at The Lowry

SICK! Festival 2022
Festivals Until 22 May 2022, FREE

MDZ Estate Tour at The Green

Mindgames Arcade
Activity Until 22 May 2022, FREE

Mindgames Arcade at The Green

Oh Mother at HOME
Theatre Until 28 May 2022,

Oh Mother at HOME