Part of UK-wide Museums at Night festival for the culturally curious, Manchester After Hours has brought thousands of post-5pm experience seekers to the city over the years, attracted by its ever-changing roster of unusual events and out of the ordinary collaborations. Though this fifth edition features a slightly more compact programme as organisers pause to consider how to grow even bigger and better going forwards, we think it’s safe to say that you’ll be just as hard pushed as ever to squeeze such an inspired selection of happenings into one night. Our tip: swap office shoes for comfy trainers.
Here are our picks
Experience the late-Victorian, neo-Gothic splendour of The John Rylands Library lit-up by a dazzling array of colours and dance inspired by the ancient Indian illuminated manuscripts featured within its hugely popular current exhibition: The Alchemy of Colour.
Manchester Art Gallery presents a series of talks, performances and a drag takeover by Family Gorgeous in response to the national controversy surrounding the temporary removal of JW Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) back in January this year.
Inspired by Conrad Gessner’s 16th century encyclopaedia of actual and imaginary animals, Beautiful Monsters at The Portico examines the idea of the monstrous within the context of history, mythology and 21st century life.
Witness the beginning of a unique dialogue between a new generation of early career artists in Manchester and Prague, at the preview of Castlefield Gallery’s new exhibition: Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions.