Angels of Anarchy at Manchester Art Gallery. Win tickets.

Creative Tourist

Frida Kahlo, Diego and Frida, 1929 Ð 1944We had a chat with Jeanette Winterson the other week. She told us that she thought 2009 was the moment ‘that women have to fight again’ – this after seeing Angels of Anarchy, the exhibition in Manchester that the Guardian reckons ‘is a milestone in rediscovering he secret history of the 20th century’. Angels could be described as a something of a blockbuster. It contains 150 artworks by over 30 artists, taken from collections across the globe (from the Tate to the Pompidou). It includes some of the most famous female artists of the last century: Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Lee Miller. And it is a European first – no other exhibition has ever focused on the works of the female Surrealists before. But it is also a quiet, unsettling show, one whose subject matter – and subjects – stays with you long after you’ve left the gallery.

To celebrate the launch of this singular exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery is offering one very lucky reader a pair of tickets to the exhibition, a copy of the rather beautiful, fully illustrated catalogue and lunch for two in the Gallery’s award-winning cafe. This competition has now closed.

Image: Diego and Frida (1929 – 1944), Frida Kahlo, © Banco de Mexico Deigo Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF / DACS 2009

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Victoria - Image courtesy of HOME


As always, October brings with it a surplus of scary films timed to coincide with Halloween.

Cape Farewell presents: Cloud Crash


The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.

Dr Dee’s Secret Curiosity Shop


Autumn, half term and Halloween adventures are here. Here are our top tips for outdoor and indoor hot tickets to book and do now.

Image of David Gaffney copyright Kezia Tan.


With Rising Stars and World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. As we enter the final furlongs, there are still tickets available for some events, from creative non-fiction to a canalside special commission. And once MLF is over, Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.

Field 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. So whether it’s an acclaimed classical ensemble in a world-renowned concert hall or that up-and-coming young artist in a packed, sweaty venue, we’ve got your gig-going plans covered – with occasional musical highlights from around the region thrown in for good measure…

Penny Arcade at Unity Theatre


You’ll be pleased to hear that this month’s theatre selections serve up a rich slice of everyone’s three favourite things: sex, swearing and scandal.

Destination Guides

Things to do right now

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Theatre 5 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £9.50

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Dont Wake The Damp
Theatre 26 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £10.00

Dont Wake The Damp

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Theatre 25 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £10.00

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Science Showdown
Families 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Science Showdown

Manchester Megapixel
Families 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Megapixel

Royal Society Science Exhibition
Exhibitions 24 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Royal Society Science Exhibition

Science Showdown
Families 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Science Festival free family events

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Exhibitions 8 September 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

HAND CRAFT at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

The Chronarium.
Exhibitions 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

The Chronarium Sleep Lab at Manchester Arndale

Members of Public Service Broadcasting in space
Exhibitions 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

Manchester Science Festival 2016

Theatre 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, from £2.00

Women in Comedy Festival

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Families 22 October 2016–31 October 2016, from £16.00

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo