Design Manchester 2015: 20,000 design-lovers descend

Esther Routledge

Not just for font fanatics and the Pantone passionate, design festival Design Manchester spans film, music, TV and more.

Whether you consider yourself a print aficionado or just a humble human who appreciates things with their eyes, this year’s Design Manchester festival (14-21 Oct) should have something in it for you. The week-long festival celebrates the love of print across design, film, music, TV and more – so anyone who enjoyed artist Matthew Darbyshire’s Exhibition For Modern Living at Manchester Art Gallery (and, like us, fantasised about doing a trolley dash through the furniture, lighting, rugs and household objects on show) should enjoy engaging with the wonderful world of design through this packed festival.

The festival opens with Unfinished Business at Ply, an exhibition by iconic graphic artist Swifty, and closes with the Manchester Moleskine party at TwentyTwentyTwo, an exhibition for which 52 Manchester-based creative have each contributed a unique piece to a sketchbook. The theme this year is “know now”, which splits the festival up into sections such as Film How and Design How.

Must-sees include Stephen Morris from New Order & a debate on what exactly design contributes to the city

Must-sees include Stephen Morris from New Order discussing the live music industry with other leading figures at Music Now, or the Director of Design at the Government Digital Service (the people behind the gov.uk website) giving an exclusive talk. There’s debate on what exactly design contributes to the city at the Whitworth, a screening of Elaine Constantine’s feature film Northern Soul at 70 Oxford Street, and a charity exhibition at Kosmonaut in the Northern Quarter, Manchester in Mind. Finally, The People’s History museum hosts Manchester Print Festival, supported by G.F. Smith, with original works for sale and informative workshops in all things paper based.

At Design Manchester 2014 over 20,000 visitors attended 19 sold-out events and workshops, and 20 brand new works debuted across the city. This year, many events are free, while all tickets are under £12 each; these are likely to sell fast, so make sure you register for the most stylish October you’ve ever experienced.

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Chinese dragon, Manchester

Families

Christmas, Chinese New Year, A World Inside A Book … we are dreaming of the best things to do with kids this winter, half-term and even summer holidays already. Yep

Poet Andrew McMillan. Photo Ursula Soltys.

Literature

New year, new lot of live literature events lined up for you – and, boy, do we have some treats for you to feast your ears upon, from performance poetry to readings from magazines, memoirs and much more besides.

Music

This month’s music guide features some of the most exciting underground artists from around the world, as well as homegrown Manchester talent.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

Contemporary circus, slapstick comedy, burlesque and immersive dining. Our theatre guide spans the festive season and beyond.

Cinema

It’s almost that most wonderful time of the year and there’s all kinds of festive programming and counter-programming in the cinemas of Manchester and the North.

Ren Hang: Wake Up Together at Open Eye Gallery

Exhibitions

Tubism, pottery, same-sex intimacy and art education; this month’s Exhibitions Guide has it all. (Even a tentative mention of Christmas.)

Tours and Activities

This month we are highlighting some of the top multilingual tours and activities Manchester has to offer.

Things to do right now

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Activity 24 November–15 December 2018, from £4

World of Music at Band on the Wall

Comedy 14–15 December 2018, from £7.5

ComedySportz Improvised Panto at Waterside

PAPER Gallery in Manchester presents Tim Ellis - Cypher
Exhibitions 10 November–15 December 2018, FREE

Tim Ellis: Cypher at PAPER Gallery

Cinema 2 November–16 December 2018, from £5

Peterloo at HOME

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli
Theatre 30 November–16 December 2018, from £35.00

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals 7–16 December 2018, FREE

Lightwaves 2018 at The Quays

Families 12–18 December 2018, from £12.5

Dear Santa at The Atkinson

Cinema 3 November–18 December 2018, from £6.8

Comedy Genius at Showroom, Sheffield

Re: work at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions 5 November–19 December 2018, FREE

Re: work at The Holden Gallery

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Cinema 7–20 December 2018, from £5.50

The Old Man & the Gun at HOME

Cinema 14–20 December 2018, from £5.5

The Last Movie at HOME