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.
Here are our picks
Following Manchester After Hours’ trademark approach to presenting arts in unusual venues is this evening of left-field music and idiosyncratic video projections as cult online radio station NTS Radio brings DJs and visual artists to the stunning surrounds of the Whitworth art gallery.
Literature organisers Bad Language made Saboteur Award history when they won the prize for Best Regular Spoken Word Night two years in a row. Now, for Manchester After Hours 2017, they present promenade style performances in the historic surrounds of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, former home to the author of Cranford and North and South. Join some of the city’s finest writers as they read specially-commissioned pieces in an immersive evening of storytelling.
Fascinated by the possible ways to combine the two disciplines of maths and music, Delia Derbyshire was a composer and pioneer of British electronic music at the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop, where she produced the electronic ‘realisation’ of Ron Grainer’s theme tune for TV series Doctor Who. Breaking the Sound Barrier is an evening of unpredictable, evocative and outstanding performances by female artists in response to Derbyshire’s work, hosted in the extraordinary setting of the John Rylands Library.
Focusing on ideas of surveillance, Now you see me, now you don’t is a collaboration between the Museum of Science and Industry and Islington Mill’s Engine House Collective. This audio-visual installation centres on the museum’s huge Arvo Shackleton aircraft in the Air and Space Hall, once and ‘eye in the sky’ in the pre-digital age, with striking projections, evocative lighting and sound.
Hey! Manchester On The Buses, 18 May 2017, free entry
Travel between each and every one of the venues involved in Manchester After Hours 2017 on TfGM’s free Metroshuttle 2 bus, which – for one night only – follows an extended route. Better still, there will be intimate live performances en route from musicians programmed by music promoter Hey! Manchester.