Manchester Weekender 2012: Sunday's Things to Do.

Susie Stubbs

Hello Manchester! Looking for things to do this sunny Sunday? You’re in the right place – here’s our highlights of what’s on today.

Bunford and Kashiwagi at the Whitworth, Creative TouristHere are our recommendations for things to do today on this, the last day of the Manchester Weekender.

1) Do the Northern Quarter.

Sunday is all about the Northern Quarter, and there’s lots on. Our hot tip is Another Common Affair (1pm-8pm, free), a riot of the finest DIY and self-published artwork – situated in our fave NQ bar, Common (Oak Street); it’s also by Manchester Craft & Design Centre, which is always worth a pootle around. Its mix of contemporary craft, Victorian architecture and homemade cake is always a winner; today it also hosts some performance poetry courtesy of One Question, with Alabaster de Plume (2.30pm-3pm, free). There are more tales to be hear on Oldham Street, with Tales of Bad Language at The Castle Hotel (3pm-6pm, free), an afternoon of stand-up storytelling in this old-school, yet somehow creatively very ‘now’, pub. There are other events on in the Northern Quarter but please note that they are now all SOLD OUT (Len Grant’s All in a Flash photo masterclass, The Flaneur’s Guide to the Northern Quarter tours; Red Deer Club’s Secret Sessions – no walk-ups, we’re afraid, but you can try and spot a flashmob exhibition of the photographic work created by Len and his charges  in the Northern Quarter at 3.30pm – follow us @creativetourist on Twitter for updates).

2) Classic Cinema in the 1830 Warehouse.

Come enjoy a leisurely Sumday courtesy of our matinee classics at MOSI: North by Northwest (1pm) and Days of Heaven (4pm, both £5.75 on the door). They’re both screened inside our pop-up cinema that is in turn inside the 1830 Warehouse  – you don’t get more atmospheric than this Grade I-listed venue, once the world’s first railway warehouse (both films have a steam train flavour to match). Rock up this afternoon, leaving a little time to a) buy tix from the information desk at MOSI’s main entrance and b) walk over to the 1830 Warehouse itself. If you’re up bright and early, bring the kids down for a screening of The Railway Children (10.30am, £3.75). MOSI is also showing The Wasted Works (an art exhibition inspired by and partly created from body parts), while Dukes 92 in nearby Castlefield will be lovely if the sun stays out: a pint or some food on the canal-side cobbles.

3) Take a tour.

We still have a few places left on our ace walks and tours: the 1910 Cycle Ride (bring a bike, starts 10.30am at Victoria Station, £5); the Temperance in Manchester guided walk (11.30am, meet at People’s History Museum, £7/£6 conc.) and the Manchester Poetry tour, a guided walk of the city centre – in verse (1pm, meet at the Royal Exchange Theatre, £7/£6 conc.) – for all, just turn up and pay the guide. Please note that our Umbrella Doodles and Flaneur’s Guide tours have both sold out.

4) Do an exhibition.

The Weekender is all about art as well as culture, and if you haven’t yet made it inside a gallery, this is the perfect day to do so. The Whitworth hosts Jane and Louise Wilson’s new film and photographic series about Chernobyl (incredible – seriously, we can’t recommend this enough), as well as its Hockney to Hogarth exhibition (both artist’s versions of A Rake’s Progress, created some 200 years apart) – and it’s a fine place to head when the sun’s out thanks to its parkside proximity. Nice cafe, too, though remember it doesn’t take credit cards (cash only). Manchester Museum has its ace and family-tastic Breed: The British & Their Dogs; Cornerhouse will be heaving (again) thanks to its new David Shrigley show, plus you can catch Sketch-O-Matic here; and Manchester Art Gallery has the moving and really very clever The First Cut – 31 artists whose only creative tools are paper and scalpel. There is more (there always is) but this little lot will get you started, eh?

For full details of what else is on (as well as more info on the events we’ve listed oh-so-briefly above), check our Sunday listings, as well as our daily listings for full details. We’ve tried to ensure that all details are correct at time of going to press but please do check our listings and with the venues before you set out, just in case.


street art from the creative creative tourist archive


Images (top to bottom): Bunford & Kashiwagi at the Whitworth last night (catch them again at John Rylands Library today at 3pm-4pmm free) and Manchester street art, both Susie Stubbs for Creative Tourist.

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