Manchester’s most characterful, independent district is a jumbled network of streets to one side of Piccadilly Gardens – once home to busy textiles warehouses and even the occasional umbrella factory. Now, the red brick buildings with their New York-style fire escapes are regularly used in film sets, and the streets are bursting with independent cafés, shops, bars, and cultural hotspots.
The Northern Quarter has become a destination in its own right, with the laid-back, bohemian vibe during the day transforming at night into teeming pavements of people in search of good food, craft beer, pop-up events and live music.
When walking around, keep your eyes peeled for public art, including the sculptures of birds high on a wall on John Street (reflecting the area’s reputation in Victorian times as a ‘pets paradise’), the illuminated, 12 metre-tall Big Boys Toy on the top of the NCP car park, and the artistic graffiti on the outhouse in the middle of Stevenson Square.
A showcase of design in sport – including an ‘anti-stink’ material made using silver, a collapsible helmet and a relaxation hoodie with a very particular shade of pink…
An unconventional view of Hong Kong is revealed in this exhibition of photography by Michael Wolf.
Cabaret regular First Draft celebrates its fifth birthday with a line-up of writers of all sorts showcasing brand-new works. And eating cake. Probably.
On Sunday 28thth May, from 4.30pm-7.30pm, Hip Hop Chip Shop x Kosmonaut will be hosting a screening of Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives as the second part of their brand new documentary season, Hip Hop Doc Spot.
Conceived by artist Jeremy Deller, What Is the City but the People? will see residents parading on a specially designed walkway across Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens to musical accompaniment, capturing the city through its outfits and attitudes.
Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s free 20 minute informal ‘Craft Unravelled’ series of talks and tours take place on the last Tuesday of every month.
Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s free 20 minute informal ‘Craft Unravelled’ series of talks and tours take place on the last Tuesday of every month at 1:30pm.
To mark the release of their latest album, The Charlatans take over cafes, shops and more along Oldham Street for one day only, hosting listening parties, signing records, giving away gig tickets and more.