Manchester Histories Festival 2024

Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Manchester Histories Festival 2024
Manchester Histories

6 — 9 June 2024 Entrance is free — Visit now

Make history with a weekend of family fun at the Manchester Histories Festival 2024, returning in its ninth year to bring history, culture and delight to Manchester. Presented in partnership with The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, both celebrating their 200th year in 2024, this year’s festival is set to be spectacular.

Highlights include a day of public talks, workshops, and music exploring sound heritage at Manchester Metropolitan University on Saturday 8 June, as well as the Celebration Day at the historic Whitworth Hall and campus on Sunday 9 June, also part of the Universally Manchester Festival.

Get ready for a fantastic family outing for people of all ages. From music to performances, talks to vintage vehicles, crafts to food, this four-day event has something for everyone to enjoy, and will be packed with fascinating and innovative artists, cultural organisations, artists, and individuals, all sharing their stories and  talents with the community.

More fun activities at the Manchester Histories Festival 2024 includes the R Histories Open Mic Extravaganza on 7 and 8 June at Manchester Central Library. The R Histories Open Mic invites you to step onto the stage and share your historical tales, from obscure anecdotes, to hilarious jokes and heartwarming stories.

Karen Shannon, Chief Executive of Manchester Histories, said, “We are delighted to be back with thisyear’s festival, especially as we work alongside both universities to explore and celebrate 200 years of learning, innovation, and research. Manchester has always had a rich tapestry of histories, each unfolding era revealing both the brightest moments and the darkest chapters of our past. Reflecting and exploring these histories provides an opportunity to appreciate the resilient spirit that has shaped our city and beyond, guiding us towards a future marked by continued learning, growth, and understanding.” 

Enjoy a weekend filled with history, culture, and creativity at the Manchester Histories Festival 2024. Full programme to be announced soon.

6 — 9 June 2024 Entrance is free Visit now


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