Abandon Normal Devices. Manchester's digital art festival launches.

Creative Tourist

Peripatetic digital art and film festival Abandon Normal Devices kicks off this weekend with a simultaneous launch at Cornerhouse and FACT. It’s around for one weekend only, but if you miss it, fear not: it’s off on tour around the North West but returns for a grand finale in Manchester in August. In the meantime, we asked festival producer Gaby Jenks to tell us all about a festival otherwise known as AND, and she talks here about strange commissions, breaking boundaries and, er, swans.

If you are in Manchester this weekend, check out the premiere of AL & AL’s Alan Turing-inspired film, The Creator, or Andrew Kotting’s two-men-in-a-pedalo documentary, Swandown. Friday also sees the launch of a exhibition by the LA-based artist Stanya Kahn. It’s Cool, I’m Good taps into the current trend for documentary fiction – her surreal and darkly comic videos often feature intimate portraits of the characters she creates, some of them clearly made-up (clue: they’re puppets), others unnervingly realistic. We’ll be reviewing Kahn’s exhibition on the site next week. It’s Cool, I’m Good, Cornerhouse, 23 June-16 September 2012, free.

Culture Guides

Exhibitions

Pause in the hustle and bustle of festive prep to take in some inspiration from this month’s top exhibitions.

The Ocean at the End of The Lane at the lowry

Families

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

Literature

There are spooky stories, Christmas crime thrillers and plenty of books for stocking fillers as December unfolds and Manchester and the wider North region switches on the live literature lights.

Music

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

Theatre

Alongside radical sci-fi adaptations and free arts festivals, we take a look at some of the Christmas shows happening in the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Food and Drink

Explore the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North for autumn.

Image credit: Maryna Makarenko, Sun-Eaters, 2022

Cinema

Classic pre-Code cinema, the Artist Film Weekender and the music of John Williams are amongst our highlights this month.

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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Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Visual Arts Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Graffiti at Zap Graffiti

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Blacksmithing at Forge Four

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Embroidery with Sara Dennis at Lancaster Castle

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Making silver stacker rings at The Old Granary

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Candle making at Cheshire Workshops

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Glass fusing at Glassmonkey Studio

Textile taxidermy
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Textile taxidermy with Jaki Bogg at Craven Arts Studios

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Knittaz with Attitude: Yarnbombing at Upside Down Coffee

Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME