Creative Tourist & BBC North: Welcome to Manchester Events

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Creative Tourist and BBC North

BBC North Internal Communications team has worked with Creative Tourist to deliver the Urban Insider city guide, the Cultural Calendar and a series of after-work socials.  The series so far has included a night with the dinosaurs; pizza, beer and film quiz; football; science-experiments, theatre nights and the war museum – and hundreds of you have come out to meet each other, enjoy a drink and a chat and find out what’s available in the city’s museums and galleries. If you haven’t joined us yet, then below is you last chance (at least for now!)

Friday 2nd March 2012

BBCNorth Social: It’s A Celebration

Well folks, this is the last of the current series of after-work socials. After a year of relocations and new beginnings we thought it would be nice to round it all off with a bit of a do Manchester-style.

The stylish Whitworth Art Gallery will stay open for one of its special After Hours events, exclusively for BBC staff, friends and families.

Join us from 5.30 -9.30pm for a range of activities linked to the collections and exhibitions, or just hang-out and enjoy a beer or two in a great venue where you can join in as much or as little as you like.

There will be a pay bar; the cafe will stay open for supper (kids eat for around £6 and adults for around £8) and some great activities

6-7: There will be some art and craft activities (not just for the kids) and curator tours of the latest exhibitions

7-8: Lindy-hop with ‘Feets of Amazement’

8-9.30: chill out with music and a bit of retro swing

Cost: FREE

Reserve tickets:

Location: Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester (about a mile down the road from Cornerhouse)

Nearby: eat out afterward at Red Chilli, or check out Deaf Institute for a gig.

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