Things to do in September 2016: MIF's Giselle & Tracey Emin at Tate Liverpool

Polly Checkland Harding
Ballet dancer in Wuthering Heights

The Creative Tourist Cultural Calendar. This month: MIF’s Giselle, Wuthering Heights in ballet form and Emin in Focus.

Buy Art Fair. 100 galleries and artists are set to take part in the North’s largest art fair, which will be welcoming more than 7,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Old Granada Studios, Manchester, 22-25 Sep

Festival No 6. Enter a ‘bespoke banquet of music, arts and culture’ in a truly iconic setting. Festival No 6 is a unique event, which in just four years has cemented its position as the most discerning and best curated festival out there. Portmeirion, 1-4 Sep

Giselle. A co-production between English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Manchester International Festival, this landmark new version of one of the great romantic ballets will receive its world premiere in Manchester. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 27 Sept – 1 Oct

Blackpool Illuminations and Lightpool. Blackpool Illuminations continue to attract millions of visitors every year, and over the last few years new features have been added, including Lightpool: digital mapping of Blackpool Tower which transforms this wonderful building into a light show. Blackpool, 2 Sep – 6 Nov

Wuthering Heights. Northern Ballet brings this turbulent love story to life, in an adaptation of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece. With an original score by composer Claude-Michel Schönberg (best known for his West End and Broadway hits Les Misérables and Miss Saigon), this dramatic and beautiful show is not to be missed, as it’s performed in Leeds for the first time. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 6-10 Sept

Emin in Focus. Continuing Tate Liverpool’s In Focus series, Emin in Focus features the artist’s My Bed (1998), plus additional works by Emin from the Tate’s collection. This is the first dedicated focus of her work ever staged in the North of England. TATE Liverpool, 1 Sept 2016 – 30 Apr 2017

Culture Guides


We look at the ingenious, atmospheric outdoor screenings popping up across the North this summer.


The spring season in museums and galleries continues, with an abundance of new exhibitions all over the North.

Winnie the Pooh at Manchester Opera House


The sun has finally got his hat on! Enjoy our top picks of family-friendly events and activities, both indoors and outdoors.

Anita Sethi


Festival fever has live literature land gripped, and libraries get their very own celebration in Greater Manchester, so you have your pick of performances from a star-studded cast this month…


Some excellent bands descend on Manchester this month, with the old and new guard of post punk in particularly strong supply.

Theatre in Manchester


Check out our updated guide for lively theatre festivals, rip-roaring rooftop circus and dreamy outdoor shows.

Classical Music

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

Food and Drink

Plan your May Bank Holidays with the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

New in our Tours and Activities section – drink and draw sessions, political reading groups and tours of some of Manchester’s most unique museums.