The annual Humanities in Public Festival enjoys a strong reputation for its city-wide programme of events – and over 7,000 regular attendees. Why? Organised by Manchester Metropolitan University, the festival is inventive in the way that it tackles major issues relevant to the city today: this year’s line-up, for instance, features a walk that spans two cities and culminates in a pub quiz (what else?), an adventurous bus tour led by the Manchester Modernists and a panel of music industry experts and more in discussion about how music, fashion and youth culture has taken Manchester global.
Humanities in Public takes ‘Greater Manchester and Northern Identity’ as its theme, and is part of a broader, university-wide set of events (discover D/Evolving Manchester here). The programme as a whole acts as a celebration of every one of Manchester’s ten boroughs and the city’s identity – including LGBT culture, sport, music and literature – but it also asks ‘what’s next?’ for the city. Here’s our guide to the programme – where you might just discover some of the answers.
Here are our picks
Gothic Manchester is a bit of a festival within a festival – part of the Humanities in Public programme, it’s a series of events and activities in the week before Hallowe’en that showcase the gothic North. Discover Manchester’s dark side, including monsters on buildings, a spooky underworld beneath one of the city’s oldest buildings and more.
Manchester has a long history of migration, both local and global – one that feels particularly relevant in the aftermath of Brexit. This symposium reflects on the changing public attitudes to migrants in the UK and the far-reaching impact on our local economy, social integration and workforce
The Manchester Modernists invite you to join them on two architecture bus tours, each exploring five of the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester and showcasing the history of landmark 20th century buildings in each. An unusual and fascinating insight into Manchester’s best structures.