Liz West performing on a train platform
Manchester After Hours 2016. Photo: Ben Williams.

Manchester After Hours 2017

Polly Checkland Harding

Manchester After Hours is back: Manchester’s interpretation of the national Museums at Night festival of lates takes place on one night only each year, bringing unusual collaborations and stand-out events to venues across the city. This year’s festival on Thursday 18 May will include experimental electronic music in the city centre’s oldest building, DJs and visual artists programmed by cult online radio station NTS Radio in the stunning surrounds of Whitworth art gallery, spoken word in the beautifully restored house of one of Manchester’s most historic authors and much, much more. Here’s our guide to the night, from which you can piece together your own extraordinary, nocturnal journey.

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You Were Never Really Here Preview Event
Cinema 9–22 March 2018, from £5.00

You Were Never Really Here at HOME

This Vibrant Thing Library Event, Manchester
Festivals 3–24 March 2018, FREE

This Vibrant Thing 2018

Music 21 January–24 March 2018, from £12

RNCM 2018 Season

Theatre: RASA and Contact: Handlooms
Theatre 12–24 March 2018, from £11.00 - 15.00

Handlooms at Alankar House of Sarees

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

wonder women 2018
Festivals 1–31 March 2018,

Wonder Women 2018

Cinema 1–31 March 2018, from £5.00

One Film Wonders at HOME

Theatre 9 March–7 April 2018, from £17.00+

Frankenstein at The Royal Exchange

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry
Exhibitions 19 October 2017–15 April 2018, from £5

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry