Things to do in July 2016: Liverpool Biennial, Graphene & Ryan Gander

Polly Checkland Harding

The Creative Tourist Cultural Calendar. This month: Liverpool Biennial returns, a Graphene exhibition and a Night at the Museum.

Liverpool Biennial. The UK’s Biennial of Contemporary Art returns for the ninth time and, as ever, will exhibit and commission work by top national and international artists. Various venues, Liverpool, until Oct

Manchester Jazz Festival. Manchester’s longest-running music festival celebrates its 21st birthday, delivering ten days of music in iconic venues across the city. Various venues, Manchester, Until Jul 31

Wonder Materials – Graphene and beyond. MSI is holding the UK’s first exhibition about graphene. First isolated in Manchester in 2004, for which the two physicists concerned won the Nobel prize, graphene is the world’s first ever two-dimensional material at just one atom thick. Fusing art with science, this brand new, object rich exhibition shines a spotlight on the past, present and future of this remarkable material. Museum of Science and Industry, until June 2017

The Encounter. In this acclaimed solo performance, Simon McBurney traces National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre’s time lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil in 1969 using binaural technology (3D audio) in this Complicite production.  HOME, Manchester, 13-16 July

Picnic Cinema. Outdoor cinema just doesn’t get any better than this: open air films in some spectacular settings. Various venues, Cumbria

Night in the Museum. This major new Hayward Touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection has been selected by leading British artist, Ryan Gander. Using the Collection’s holdings of figurative sculpture as a starting point, Gander has forged unlikely correspondences and unions between hitherto unrelated works. Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 16 July – 16 Oct

The Hobbit. Follow Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and friends to the far ends of middle Earth. Or, in reality, you’ll be recreating this journey through the woods and pathways of Lancaster’s Williamson park. The Dukes, Lancaster, 5 July – 13 Aug

Culture Guides


Explore Hollywood history, queer rarities and squirm-inducing horror across the big screens of Manchester and the North this month.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics


Let’s make the most of early summer, with this month’s selection of brand new art exhibitions from across the North!

Geronimo Festival 2022


Festivals, shows, museums, and much, much more – there’s plenty of summer fun to be had for families in Manchester and the North, whatever the weather. Here are our top picks.

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There’s plenty of sunshine-drenched reading to immerse yourself in from established names and emerging talent, poets and prose writers alike, both in real life as well as online.


From rising stars playing basement sets to open air shows by your favourite bands’ favourite bands, there are some gems in this month’s music picks.

Theatre in Manchester


Eclectic theatre festivals, silly slapstick and dreamy outdoor shows, there’s lots of brilliant performances happening inside and outside over the summer.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Baekdu Korean BBQ Restaurant

Food and Drink

Plan for July’s food and drink outings at some of the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

Get out in the sun this month with tours and activities that will have you engaging positively with the climate, taking the plunge in Salford Quays and getting creative.