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

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Backyard Cinema


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Manchester is bursting with fun, family activities to keep the kids entertained in the run up to Christmas!

Writer Nicholas Royle. Photo by Zoe McLean


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The festive season is here, and whether you want to escape it or embrace it, we’ve got you covered.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Contemporary cabaret, powerful monologues and world premiere musicals. Our theatre guide spans the festive season and beyond.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Tours and Activities

We’re deep into Autumn now but don’t let that stop you from finding a new tour or activity to get stuck into.

Things to do right now

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Winter Art and Craft Fair at Heart

Activity Until 3 December 2022, from £35.00

Wreath Making Workshop at Leeds City Museum

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Cinema Until 4 December 2022, from £5

HOME Artist Film Weekender 2022

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals Until 4 December 2022, FREE

Lightwaves at Salford Quays

Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre
Families Until 11 December 2022, from £27.00

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre

Music Until 17 December 2022, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity Until 17 December 2022, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks