24 December 2014

Susie Stubbs
Samantha Donnelly

Introducing our Advent Calendar – here’s the penultimate post in a cultural countdown to Christmas.

Right now, you should be sitting in front of the TV, piles of wrapped presents sitting shiny at your feet, a glass of something fizzy in your hand. If, however, you are still wrapping, cleaning, cooking and fretting – well, join the club. Deadlines and Christmas have always made for uneasy bedfellows. We have had time, however, time to rustle up one present for you: the announcement that Wonder Women returns in March 2015.

What this means is that, from Cornelia Parker and Sex and the Stereotype at the Whitworth to Helen Storey, The Unthanks, Emma Jane Unsworth, No More Page 3 and a special after hours event at Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester’s feminist festival runs across the city from 1-31 March 2015. Over 35 organisations are taking part, including almost all of the city’s museums and galleries, with the month-long event featuring new art, documentary film, museum exhibitions, football, performance art, theatre, dance, architecture, guided walks, fashion, political debate, stand-up literature, cinema and much more.

There is no better place than the city that spawned the suffragettes to celebrate how far women have come – and to ask how far we have yet to go. So our festival celebrates female creativity and ingenuity, commemorates the suffragette movement, coincides with International Women’s Day and is part of the Wellcome Trust’s Sexology Season.

Jointly organised/agitated by us here at CT and our friends at the People’s History Museum, there will be fun, there will be games, there may be tears, tantrums, dancing and gin – but one thing is for sure: there will also be a city, out there, at large, talking and thinking about the wonder that is women. We’ll release the full programme in January. Until then – get back to that wrapping!

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Things to do right now

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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

Melissa Wan
Literature Until 17 December 2022, from £7

Ghosts at the Old Library

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

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Star of Wonder at Theatre Porto
Families Until 21 December 2022, from £0.00

Star of Wonder at Theatre Porto

Cinema Until 22 December 2022, from £20.00

Backyard Cinema