1 December 2014

Polly Checkland Harding
Black and white still from Dr Strangelove.

Introducing our Advent Calendar – here’s the first post in a cultural countdown to Christmas. First up: books and dawgs.

Cornerhouse holds is annual art book sale today, and it’s an especially good one. Why? Because the good folk there are clearing out old film posters before the move to HOME next year. It’s a good bet for Christmas gifts for those literary and film-keen friends, relatives and lovers in your life. Today, 11am-5pm, Meeting Room 1, Cornerhouse.

Do more. Stick around for an evening screening of Dr Strangelove (6.30pm) and, if you’re feeling peckish, bob along to Gorilla later for a menu that features soups, salads, burgers and hot dogs – as well as totally moreish sourdough on the side.

Culture Guides


Spring weather might be dragging its feet a little, but the world of exhibitions isn’t slowing down with new shows popping up everywhere to greet the new season.

The Bull and the Moon at Instituto Cervantes


With spring’s indecisive weather in mind, we’ve pulled together a whole load of fun indoor and outdoor family events and activities taking place in Manchester and the North.

Poet Helen Mort.


Spring is making an entrance in live literature land with some extra special festival events, writing walks, online launches and in real life readings from local writers as well as international talent.


From Father John Misty to The Flaming Lips, The Waeve to Big Thief, here are the gigs on our radar for early spring.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


You’ll find everything from work-in-progress scratch nights to multi-award winning musicals in this month’s theatre guide.

Classical Music

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

Food and Drink

Get ready for spring and summer with the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.


Northern flicks, sci-fi masterpieces and some brand new film festivals feature in this month’s cinema preview.

Tours and Activities

From indie markets to bit-sized meditation, spoon carving workshops to gallery tours, here are the headlines in the world of tours and activities.

Things to do right now

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