Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It seems to be festival season in the cinemas of the North right now — and there’s something for everybody. HOME have kicked things off with their fabulous ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival, which this year features a host of new and classic films alongside cutting edge art and theatre.

Over in Yorkshire, there’s a Silent Film Festival to discover. Starting in Leeds with an appearance from comedian and silent movie aficionado Paul Merton, film buffs will find plenty of favourites and obscurities all accompanied by live music.

Back at HOME meanwhile, May sees the launch of Pilot Light TV Festival Season 3. Going from strength to strength, Manchester’s big screen celebration of the small screen is back with more previews, special guests and industry events.

Here are our picks

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Childrens 28 April–12 May 2018, from £00.00

Leeds International Festival 2018

Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, is back for its second year, this time featuring more than 50 events and 40 speakers over 15 days.

Cinema 27 April 2018, from £5.50

UK Premiere/ Casi leyendas Q&A at HOME

A feel-good buddy movie, about three men in mid-life crisis who rekindle their youthful rock-and-roll dreams in an attempt to save themselves and each other. Gabriel Nesci arrives in Manchester for a Q&A following the screening on Fri 27 Apr.

Cinema 28 April 2018, from £5.50

UK Premiere/ Tempo + Q&A at HOME

Cherishing both the epic scenery and traditional activities, this is a beautiful ode to Galicia and a call to arms to better protect our planet. Screened with a director Q&A.

Cinema 4–5 August 2018, from £15.00

Picnic Cinema: Sightseers (15) at Lowther Castle

Picnic Cinema provide film fans with the opportunity to see cult comedy Sightseers in its natural habitat.

Priscilla queen of the desert
Cinema 10–11 August 2018, from £15.00

Picnic Cinema: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (15) at Muncaster Castle

Be prepared to showcase the very best Drag in your wardrobe with glam dresses, feathers and frills, heels, flip-flops and all as Picnic Cinema present The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Dog Soldiers
Cinema 3–4 August 2018, from £15.00

Picnic Cinema: Dog Soldiers (15) at Hamsterley Forest

Picnic Cinema present a special screening of Neil Marshall’s cult Dog Soldiers in the spooky grounds of Hamsterley Forest…

big lebowski picnic cinema
Cinema 11–12 August 2018, from £15.00 - 45.00

Picnic Cinema: The Big Lebowski (18) at Muncaster Castle

Picnic Cinema return to the glorious setting of Muncaster Castle with a screening of Coen brothers cult classic The Big Lebowski.

Culture Guides

Theatre in Manchester and The North Guide


Vibrant, varied and fearless – there’s a real wealth of performance on offer in Manchester and the North – we’ve rounded up the best in our theatre guide.

Luke Allan, Carcanet New Poetries.


It’s raining poetry and prose this April in the Rainy City, and there’s plenty to catch from both established and emerging writers. Fill your wellie boots – and your mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends.


From death-themed musicals to day-long explorations of the current freakscene, via rising country stars and a fresh look at an art gallery’s collection, the musical calendar for Manchester and the North is packed to the rafters.

©Viviane Sassen, Ra, series Mud and Lotus 2017. Courtesy of Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Viviane Sassen: Hot Mirror at The Hepworth Wakefield


Featuring a giant ‘art hammock’, the mesmerising photographs of Vivian Sassen, and a unique exploration into the use of digital technology by indigenous communities in north east Brazil; check out or latest exhibition highlights from across the North West.


Out of this world free festivals of making, magical dance experiences and theatrical adventures for all the family.