Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

The summer might be slowing winding down, but while the sun lasts, don’t forget that Spinningfields is the place to be on Tuesday nights as Oast House continues its series of outdoor blockbusters, comedies and family adventures. If the sun doesn’t show, then don’t fret too much, just get yourself over to Liverpool, where FACT have lined up a cheering set of Musical Sundays.

Looking forwards into September, we’re excited for Scalarama – the annual, month-long celebration of cinema, by everybody, for everybody – and at Texture, Screened/ Mcr provide us with a timely (and terrifying) look at the creaky logic behind nuclear weaponry with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.

Further ahead, silent film musician and television presenter Neil Brand provides a live score to Sergei Eisenstein’s hugely influential epic Battleship Potemkin at Stoller Hall. Meanwhile, those with a dark disposition will also want to reserve their free tickets to the special introduced screening of The Neon Demon which launches this year’s Gothic Manchester Festival.

Here are our picks

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As the festival season draws to a close, live music returns to the city’s concert halls and venues. Why not check out Manchester Folk Festival – new in 2017 – plus major events like Transformer and Manchester Psych Fest…


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Our round up of the best unique experiences for the small folk. Hear colours, book free masterclasses with world class performers and make away on Morecambe Promenaade.

Lemn Sissay.


There’s plenty to see and do this autumn in live literature land – not least because Manchester Literature Festival is back in town, and tickets are selling like hot cakes so you need to get in there quick-sharp!

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