21 December 2014

Polly Checkland Harding
Photo of a kid wearing glow stick glasses

Introducing our Advent Calendar – here’s the twenty-first post in a cultural countdown to Christmas. Today: Light painting and the longest night.

There’s a whole series of light-related events going on at MOSI right up until 4 January 2015, including Circuit City (13.40pm-14.10pm daily), an interactive show that puts crazy electrical inventions to the test, and a workshop exploring the wonders of glowsticks in MOSI’s new Pi space (3pm-4.30pm daily). If you’re quick off the mark, you might be able to bag a place on their Light Painting workshop at 11am today – it’s free, but you need to book and be ready with a camera, tripod and empty memory card. Alternatively, drop into the regular Secret in the Sky sessions until 4 January (11am, 12pm, 2.30pm and 1.30pm daily).

Do more. One of our favourite ways to spend an evening is back: In the Dark Radio return to The Castle Hotel this evening to celebrate the Winter Solstice. It’s an hour of superbly curated radio extracts, all under the theme of “The Long Dark”. Find out more about shadows, loneliness and the colours of darkness in this brilliant event from some truly innovative radio producers. The Castle Hotel, 7.30pm. Tickets £3 on the door.

Culture Guides


David Bowie, Japanese classics and some early spooky screenings all feature in this month’s cinema guide.

Jadé Fadojutimi at The Hepworth Wakefield


Enjoy these brand new exhibitions (and hide from the late summer downpours) opening this month in Manchester and the North.


As we say bye to the summer holidays and begin to welcome in the cooler months, Manchester’s events and activities continue to bring joy and fun to families.

Author Thea Lenarduzzi


There are plenty of online readings and live launches as Manchester and the North welcomes some great writers with book festival season getting underway, and there are loads of new spoken word nights and open mics to check out…


Autumn’s a fine old time for gigs in Manchester and the North. From otherworldly folk to life-affirming soul, here are our top picks for October onwards.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


As the new theatre season gets ready to launch, we champion some of the star performances happening over the next few months.

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 as we head into autumn.

Tours and Activities

Every season change is an excuse to try something new, and when it comes to tours and activities, autumn delivers!