July

Creative Tourist

With the big school holiday approaching, use the free time you now have to find interesting things to do in July in Manchester and the North. We have options of activities for both families and adults without kids.

Things to do in July

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Virtual Factory Your Progress Will Be Saved Manchester International Festival Pre-Factory Event
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

Your Progress Will Be Saved is a Pre-Factory Event from Manchester International Festival which finds avatar artist and curator LaTurbo Avedon working in Fortnite.

Poet and performer Dommy B (Dominic Berry)
Literature Until 2 September 2020, FREE

Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge

Manchester Libraries invites younger readers to a feast of Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge daily activity stretching over nine weeks – from Draw Alongs with Nick Sharratt, poetry with Dommy B and sessions with a host of storytellers, to supercool crafts with Archives+ and Manchester artists.

Cinema Until 12 August 2020, FREE

Showroom Summer Season

Sheffield’s Showroom presents a series of free weekly film talks from esteemed academics from both Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield.

Nigel Slater's 'Toast' with the Lawrence Batley Theatre
Theatre Until 31 July 2020, from £10.00

Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’ with the Lawrence Batley Theatre

A truly delicious digital theatre experience. Part radio play, part animated film – and every foodie’s dream – this hugely successful play has been adapted for you to enjoy at home.

Music Until 19 July 2020, from £12

Buxton International Festival 2020 CANCELLED

One of the UK’s leading arts events, Buxton International Festival is a glorious summertime celebration of opera, music and books.

Hamilton - Streaming on Disney Plus
Theatre Until 15 October 2021, from £5.99

Hamilton – Streaming on Disney Plus

Politically charged with a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt that this filmed performance is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2020.

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum
Exhibitions Until 10 January 2021, from £5

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum (temporarily closed)

Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.

Elders Mondays Spring Summer 2020 with the Royal Exchange
Activity Until 17 August 2020, from £3.00

Elders Mondays Spring Summer 2020 with the Royal Exchange

Our good friends at the Royal Exchange Theatre have been working hard to bring their Elders Monday sessions online. Reach out, stay connected and remain creative.

Activity Until 31 August 2020, from £197

Online Group French Courses at Alliance Française

Learn a new language this summer with Alliance Française. Join the online group lessons from Manchester’s enthusiastic and welcoming francophone hub.

Families Until 8 September 2020, FREE

Muso Baby Virtual!

Join Manchester Museum online for emotional support and suggestions for family well-being activities followed by music and songs. Perfect for ages 0-5.

Brudenell
Music 17 July 2020 8:00 pm, FREE

Brudenell Social Distancing Club TV

The Brudenell Social Club is hosting a virtual album launch for Leeds label, Come Play With Me, featuring Q&A’s with up-and-coming Leeds artists and bands.

Music 17 July 2020 9:00 pm, FREE

Balley TV: Virtual Talkshow with Joe Talbot

In the lull prior to lift-off of Idles’ third album, frontman Joe Talbot is hosting a virtual talk show. His next guests are Kate Tempest and Kenny Beats.

A Manual of Fantastical Zoology with HOME
Theatre 18 July 2020,

A Manual of Fantastical Zoology with HOME

Featuring a live score and delivered via Zoom, A Manual of Fantastical Zoology is a performative exploration into the psychology of isolation.

Poet Sasha Dugdale. Photo by Zima Zima
Literature 22 July 2020 7:00 pm, from £2

Carcanet book launch online: Sasha Dugdale in conversation with Kathryn Maris

Poet Sasha Dugdale heads online to launch her new Carcanet collection, Deformations, which she will discuss with fellow poet and critic Kathryn Maris.

Lovell telescope in cloudy sky
Music 23–26 July 2020, from £59.75

Bluedot 2020 at Jodrell Bank CANCELLED

Entering its fifth year in 2020, Bluedot is a festival of discovery located in the shadow of the world-renowned Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank.

Literature 23 July 2020 7:00 pm, FREE

Ribka Sibhatu and André Naffis-Sahely in conversation

Manchester Poetry Library and the Poetry Translation Centre are delighted to celebrate the publication of Aulò! Aulò! Aulò! in English, with a special reading from poet Ribka Sibhatu and a wider discussion about Italian and Eritrean poetry with translator André Naffis-Sahely.

Music 23 July 2020 8:00 pm, from £16

Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace

Join Nick Cave for a global streaming event on 23rd July, when for one night only, you can catch him perform a solo set at Alexandra Palace.

Manchester's Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Exhibitions 25–31 July 2020, FREE

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2020 – Online

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is back for its 13th edition – this year online – with a handpicked selection of over 160 designer-makers from across the UK.

poet Chris Beckett
Literature 29 July 2020 7:00 pm, from £2

Carcanet book launch online: Tenderfoot by Chris Beckett

Join Carcanet online to celebrate the launch of Chris Beckett’s new poetry collection, Tenderfoot, hosted by poet and broadcaster Daljit Nagra.

Cinema 29 July–2 August 2020, from £38

Drive Thru Cinema at Middlewood Locks

From Thelma and Louise to Drive, this summer at Middlewood Locks in Salford, The Village Screen Drive Thru cinema presents a series of cult films.

Festivals 30 July–3 August 2020, from £22.00

Kendal Calling Festival 2020 CANCELLED

Featuring over 200 artists and performers, immersive arts experiences and kids activities, Kendal Calling is a great, family-friendly festival set in the stunning Lake District.

Festivals 31 July–2 August 2020, from £55

Underneath The Stars Festival 2020 at Cinderhill Farm CANCELLED

Underneath The Stars Festival is a cracking weekend of folk in the South Yorkshire countryside. Paul Carrack, Kate Rusby and Suzanne Vega headline in 2020.

Still showing this month

RNCM
Music Until 27 August 2020, FREE

RNCM Lunchtime Concerts (online)

RNCM are taking their lunchtime concerts online, with remote recitals by students, staff and alumni live-streamed on Facebook every Monday and Thursday.

The Choir Project
Music Until 25 August 2020, FREE

The Choir Project: Virtual Choir

Improve your singing and wellbeing by joining The Choir Project’s weekly virtual choir led by Manchester singer and musical director, Dan McDwyer.

Visual Arts Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields
Exhibitions Until 20 July 2020, FREE

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields

‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.

Judy Chicago exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Judy Chicago – Online at BALTIC, Gateshead

BALTIC presents an online edition of its major retrospective on Judy Chicago – one of the most important feminist artists of the last half-century.

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

sunday night waves
Activity Until 14 July 2020, from £7

Sunday Night Waves 5Rhythms Drop In

Embrace the effervescent energy of Sunday Night Waves, a 5Rhythms dance class where you can move with the flow of your own body and explore.

Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Local Leeds Food Tour

Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.

Leeds Street Food Tour
Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Leeds Street Food Tour

Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.

2020 Banner Display at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

2020 Banner Display at People’s History Museum

Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.

Utopias exhibition at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Utopias at the Whitworth

How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.

Activity Until 2 September 2020, FREE

Whitworth Art Gallery Daily Tour

Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.

Literature Until 5 February 2025, FREE

The Little Library in Spinningfields

Take your pick from The Little Library’s carefully curated collection of classics and new releases, adding a recently read book of your own as a replacement.

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020,

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore – Online at The Hepworth Wakefield

This major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore highlighting their shared interests.

Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £75

Liverpool Beatles Walk and Ticket to Ride Tour

Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you walk in their footsteps through The Beatles’ home city in this six-hour extravaganza of a walking tour.

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club

This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.

New Digital Experiences at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2020, FREE

New Digital Experiences at People’s History Museum

Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of new digital artworks and experiences.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00

POSTPONED -The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

In this immersive exhibition, children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.

Amazon with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Amazon with HOME

Created by composer Alex Ho and theatre-maker Elayce Ismail, this stunning fusion of music, text and visuals sees a trip to the Amazon take an unexpected turn.

Cinema Until 31 March 2021, from £9.99

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Streaming on Mubi

Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent.

Turkey Sausage Roll with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Turkey Sausage Roll with HOME

Presented by Homemakers and the RADA Festival, Turkey Sausage Roll takes you on a journey into one young woman’s restless mind.

Animation Slam with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Animation Slam with HOME

Pairing some of the sharpest minds on the UK spoken word scene with hand-drawn animations by theatre-maker and video designer Edalia Day, be sure to catch this animated slam.

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.

How To Win with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

How To Win with HOME

Take part in this new episodic online game created by multi-award-winning interactive theatre-makers Hidden Track, in collaboration with you, the player.

ACTUALQUEST with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

ACTUALQUEST with HOME

The Homemakers series of virtual theatre continues with this interactive, fantasy musical set in and around your own home.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.

Air Raid Shelter Explorer Tour
Activity Until 12 August 2020, from £5.5

Stockport Air Raid Shelter Explorer Tour

Every second Wednesday of the month guided tours of the mile long stretch of Air Raid Shelter under Stockport give you the chance to see a more personalised view of the tunnels.

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism – Online at Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham presents an online exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.

Abel Rodríguez at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Abel Rodríguez – Online at BALTIC, Gateshead

Travel to the depths of the South American rainforest with a visit to Abel Rordriguez’s first solo exhibition, presented online at BALTIC Plus.

Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

WEB/SITE – Online at Site Gallery, Sheffield

Site Gallery presents WEB/SITE – an online programme of events and activity engaging with contemporary artists and ideas.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Bacurau – Streaming on Mubi

The follow-up to Aquarius from director Kleber Mendonça Filho, this time co-directing and co-writing with long term producer Juliano Dornelles merges sci-fi, the western, Brazilian bandit movies (cangaço) and horror for a highly original and ultra-violent look at a town under siege from a mysterious threat.

Carcanet exhibition: Carcanet poets Michael Schmidt and Michael Symmons Roberts.
Literature Until 13 September 2020, FREE

Carcanet Exhibition at The John Rylands Library – postponed until libraries reopen

Marking 50 years of poetry publishing house Carcanet, and 45 years in Manchester, this exhibition opens up the archive and shares some unique, previously unseen material.

Dogs Don't Wear Pants at HOME Manchester.
Cinema Until 20 March 2021, from £9.99

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife’s passing. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges.

System Crasher at HOME, Manchester - director Nora Fingscheidt's distinctive depiction of dysfunction in an under-resourced care system.
Cinema Until 2 April 2021, from £9.99

System Crasher – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Controversial from the moment it premiered in Competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and troubled young girl.

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 23 August 2020, FREE

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here marks the only UK stop of a major touring retrospective dedicated to the American feminist artist.

Be Inspired with Manchester Art Gallery is a collection of activities gathered by their team to help inspire your creativity at home.
Until 6 September 2020, FREE

Be Inspired with Manchester Art Gallery

Be Inspired with Manchester Art Gallery is a collection of activities gathered by their team to help inspire your creativity at home.

Anthony Burgess on Tape
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Anthony Burgess on Tape

Anthony Burgess on Tape is an online exhibition from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation comprising of 1,094 cassettes and 87 reel-to-reel tapes from one of Manchester’s greatest and most prolific writers.

Posters from the civil rights era – an online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Posters from the Irish civil rights era – Online with the Working Class Movement Library

Working Class Movement Library presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

BAM Online – with Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

BAM Online – with Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

BAM Online brings you closer to many of the most loved works within Bury Art Museum’s collection whilst its doors are closed.

Stay At Home Activities - Online with National Football Museum
Families Until 7 September 2020, FREE

Stay At Home Activities – Online with National Football Museum

Stay at home and join National Football Museum online for a packed programme of activities for families this Easter.

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2021, FREE

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool

FACT’s year-long programme, The Living Planet, seems even more timely than first imagined – and has been created for people to interact with and enjoy remotely for free online.

Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery presents the UK edition of PROTEST! – a major retrospective dedicated to the life and work of the iconic British artist Derek Jarman.

Activity Until 31 July 2020, FREE

HOME Online Talent Development Surgeries

HOME are also still there for Talent Development Surgeries, now online of course, you can book in for a 30min Zoom chat with one of their team.

Radiohead
Music Until 27 August 2020, FREE

At Home With Radiohead

Radiohead are helping fans get through the lockdown with a series of largely unseen concert films, uploaded to YouTube every Thursday.

Strip! How Football Got Shirty
Exhibitions Until 25 December 2020, FREE

Strip! How Football Got Shirty – Online Exhibition from the National Football Museum

The National Football Museum presents a major online exhibition of football shirts. Enjoy in-depth analysis, opinion, and discussion by the exhibition curators and shirt industry insiders into what makes certain shirts so special.

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2020, FREE

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library

The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.

online events I am falling in love with you and its making me do stupid things
Festivals Until 31 December 2020,

Homemakers

HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. 

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.

I'm falling in love with you and it's making me do stupid things - Bryony Kimmings
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

I am falling in love with you and it’s making me do stupid things

Follow Bryony Kimmings on a long, lonely night after she finds the email address of a potential lover and through the following day’s onslaught of Covid anxiety.

ABC (Anything But Covid) with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

ABC (Anything But Covid) with HOME

Tune in to this new short film, by Ugly Bucket, which examines the lengths we’ll go to oblige the pressures of staying productive in lockdown.

Threat to Breath with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Threat to Breath with HOME

A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.

Exhibitions Until 1 May 2021, FREE

The Gardener Digs in Another Time – Online at the Whitworth

the Whitworth in Manchester invites you to step into the garden as subject with an online version of its 2016 exhibition, The Gardener Digs in Another Time.

Off the Cobbles
Activity Until 31 July 2020, from £10

Off the Cobbles, Invisible Cities tours

Experience the insightful and very honest view of Manchester’s city centre, with the new online tours from Invisible Cities Manchester.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Grimmfest TV

Grimmfest TV is a new online channel from the people behind Grimmfest, Manchester’s horror and fantasy film festival.

Homemakers: Tell Me
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Tell Me with HOME

How well do you know your friends? Homemakers presents Tell Me, a game for two or more people which you can play at home. Intrigued? Read on…

Tim Burgess
Music Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Tim Burgess’ Listening Parties

The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess is hosting daily album listening parties on Twitter, featuring guest appearances from Britpop and indie royalty.

Until 15 July 2020, FREE

No Such Thing – The Distance Edition

Hosted by Quarantine, a Manchester-based award-winning theatre and performance company, No Such Thing – The Distance Edition is an online version of their monthly get-together.

Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Stay Well – Wellbeing Audio Session with Manchester Art Gallery

To help you stay well and maintain good mental health Manchester Art Gallery is offering a weekly mindfulness session.

Families Until 1 August 2020, FREE

My First Protest Song with People’s History Museum

Rejoice! You can now join the People’s History Museum online as they stream this regular favourite from their events programme.

Yoga Soul
Activity Until 31 July 2020, from £7

Yoga Soul, Online Classes

Yoga Soul is a yoga studio on a mission to bring northern yogis together. Join them for a range of live-streamed classes during the lockdown.

Activity Until 30 July 2020, from £5

Yoga With Jai

Practising yoga with Jai can take the form of a strengthening flow class or specialist antenatal yoga and meditation, check out her online classes via the website.

Music Until 15 July 2020, FREE

Band on the Wall: World of Music Programme

Band on the Wall’s new online programme features instrumental lessons, an interactive choir, and tutorials on how to play tunes from around the world.

Ren Hang: Wake Up Together at Open Eye Gallery
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Wake Up Together and Where Love is Illegal – VR Version, Online at Open Eye Gallery

Travel back in time and explore a VR-edition of Open Eye Gallery’s hugely popular 2018-19 exhibition, ‘Wake Up Together’, featuring work by Ren Hang and Robin Hammond; two artists who both champion the rights of every person to love who they want and respectfully live as they wish.

Fire in a Hole Bagels GRUB-E-MART
Food and Drink Until 26 July 2020, FREE

GRUB-E-MART

GRUB-E-MART is the food collection and delivery service for these strange times from the people behind the GRUB Food Fair. Pick up your take-home “ready” meal kits and more from this weekend.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £2.49

But I’m a Cheerleader – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Natasha Lyonne and RuPaul Charles star in Jamie Babbit’s cult 1999 romantic satire.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

The Irishman – Streaming on Netflix

Martin Scorsese’s epic saga of organised crime in postwar America, The Irishman weaves an engrossing and intricate web of connected events, audaciously cutting back and forth across decades.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Marriage Story – Streaming on Netflix

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson excel as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £4.99

Stop Making Sense – Streaming on BFI Player

Jonathan Demme x Talking Heads. Find out why Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as the greatest concert film ever made.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Knives Out – Streaming on Google Play

Rian Johnson (Brick) assembles an all-star cast in this characteristically intelligent whodunit about a famed southern detective who joins forces with local police to investigate a group of eccentric suspects following the murder of a wealthy crime novelist.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Beau Travail – Streaming on Talk Talk TV

Claire Denis’ masterful reworking of Herman Melville is sensual and dangerous.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Zodiac – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

A relentless serial killer is stalking the streets of San Francisco, leaving citizens in a state of panic and baffling the authorities with the ciphers and menacing letters he leaves at the murder scenes.

Homemakers: Siege – Part 1 with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Siege – Part 1 with HOME

Presented in two parts, Siege is a nitty-gritty, punch-packed series of online discussions between disabled women performance makers.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Infinite Football – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

They talk about the beautiful game, but for Laurentiu Ginghina, it’s not enough.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Silver Screen Classics – Streaming on BBC iPlayer

Films from RKO Pictures, one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Lost Online with HOME, Z-Arts and STUN
Families Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Lost Online with HOME, Z-Arts and STUN

One for our next generation of digital natives: an exciting new dance commission inspired by the dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram.

Homemakers: Week Nine with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Week Nine with HOME

Find a quiet room, grab your headphones and get some welcomed lockdown escapism with this specially commissioned cinematic soundtrack.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £1.99

Ash is Purest White – Streaming on Google Play

Set in China’s underworld, Jia Zhangke’s tale of love and betrayal follows a self-sacrificial gangster’s moll as she comes out of prison and sets about tracking down her former lover.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Burning – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

South Korean director Lee Chang Dong delivers a brilliantly executed, abstract but intellectually stimulating portrait of working class frustrations and contemporary alienation.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Mistress America – Streaming on Netflix

Featuring the fantastically talented Greta Gerwig, Mistress America is the story of Tracy, a lonely college freshman in New York, who’s finding the experience of university disappointing.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Ad Astra – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Twenty years after his father left on a one-way mission to Neptune in order to find signs of alien intelligence, Army Corps engineer Roy McBride travels through the solar system to find him and understand why his mission failed. The latest film from acclaimed director James Gray (The Lost City of Z) is suffused with his customary intelligence.

Thoroughbreds
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Thoroughbreds – Streaming on Netflix

Cory Finley’s assured debut feature is a coldly stylish story of wealthy suburban highschoolers out to commit the perfect murder.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £2.49

Call Me By Your Name – Streaming on Google Play

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £4.99

Black Narcissus – Streaming on BFI Player

Bigger Than Life presents a 35mm screening of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1947 film, Black Narcissus at Stockport Plaza on Sunday 2nd September with an introduction by film scholar, Andrew Moor.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £7.99

Suspiria – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company in director Luca Guadagnino’s ambitious re-imaging of Dario Argento’s sublime Suspiria.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £1.99

Styx – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

A woman’s solo journey along the west coast of Africa takes a turn when she is faced with a sinking migrant ship in Wolfgang Fischer’s intense, distressing procedural.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Beach Rats – Streaming on Netflix

Frankie, an aimless Brooklyn teenager is having a miserable summer. With his father dying and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes with his delinquent friends and flirts with older men online.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Phantom Thread – Streaming on Netflix

Set in the glamour of 50’s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Day-Lewis in his final performance) and his sister Cyril (Manville) are at the centre of British fashion in Phantom Thread, the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson.

Lover for a Day
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.49

Lover for a Day – Streaming on iTunes

The third and final instalment in Garrel’s trilogy of love comprising Jealousy and In the Shadow of Women, Lover For a Day is another monochrome Paris-set examination of love.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.49

Columbus – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its modernist buildings.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Good Time – Streaming on Netflix

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine “Connie” Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.50

Rafiki – Streaming on BFI Player

Now showing on BFI Player is Wanuri Kahiu lyrical lesbian romance, Rafiki. Notable as the…

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £3.49

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Streaming on iTunes

The 40th anniversary 4K restoration of the Director’s Cut version of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic in which a series of unexplained events lead an electrical engineer (Richard Dreyfuss) into an encounter with an alien lifeform.

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague with HOME

Since the beginnings of European theatre and politics, people have used plague as a metaphor for thinking about what society and art could be. In this playful piece Javaad Alipoor and Natalie Diddams present their response to this idea.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Streaming on Amazon Prime Video

One of the most noteworthy films to be released direct to streaming during lockdown so far, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a vital depiction of women’s rights in the contemporary United States.

Literature Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Virtual Poetry Walk at The Reader in Liverpool

Every Tuesday morning you’re invited to join the Poetry Walk with The Reader in Calderstones Park. Get into the great outdoors and escape the everyday, while exploring poetry and making the most of the beautiful surroundings.

Homemakers: Our Plague Year with HOME
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Our Plague Year with HOME

Conceived and created by artist Nick Burton, Our Plague Year brings an exclusive weekly comic strip to your inbox every week.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Online activities at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

The Elizabeth Gaskell’s House team are inviting you to join them online for virtual tours, readalong discussions on Twitter and Facebook, and regular blogs from the award-winning garden team.

Makar to Makar with Jackie Kay. Photo by Jon Parker Lee, MLF.
Literature Until 27 August 2020, FREE

Makar to Makar with Jackie Kay

Weekly online show hosted by the Scottish poet laureate Jackie Kay talking to another guest “makar” or maker every episode about their work and influences, with readings of both new and old poems, and music from one of three resident singers.

Krabi, 2562.
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Krabi, 2562 – Streaming on MUBI

Experimental art-house auteurs Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers join forces for a surreal, perplexing trip to Thailand in Krabi, 2562.

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

MIF 19: Revisit David Lynch’s HOME Takeover

Last summer, David Lynch took over HOME with his art, film, music and more! Every corner of HOME was inhabited by a Lynchian spirit for Manchester International Festival.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Big Night – Streaming on Netflix

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been salivating at the ever-suave Stanley Tucci’s online cocktail making demonstrations — his directorial debut is equally seductive.

Stories We Share – Online with Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2020, FREE

Stories We Share – Online with Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery presents ‘Stories We Share’ – a weekly series of conversations exploring all things connected to hot drinks.

Matt and Phred's
Music Until 31 July 2020, FREE

Matt and Phred’s Livestreams

Despite the lockdown, Northern Quarter jazz venue Matt and Phred’s continues to play host to amazing live jazz in the form of near-daily live-streamed gigs.

Manchester Craft and Design Centre: Craft at Home
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Manchester Craft and Design Centre: Craft at Home

‘Craft at Home’ is a new online space where you can continue to support Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s resident makers, pick-up bespoke gifts, and get busy with bee related craft.

Guest of Honour
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £11.99

Guest of Honour – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

Veteran filmmaker Atom Egoyan returns with a complex, absorbing family drama about a father-daughter relationship wrestling with past traumas that inform present circumstances.

The Degree Show on Mars – Online – Exhibitions in Liverpool, Creative Tourist
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

The Degree Show on Mars – Online

Dust of your space helmets and prepare for take-off. Graduating art students from Liverpool John Moores University present: ‘The Degree Show on Mars’ – a multiverse exhibition responding to the many challenges we are currently facing back on Earth.

Days of the Bagnold Summer
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

Days of the Bagnold Summer – Streaming on BFI Player

Sue, works in a library. Daniel, eats crisps and listens to Metallica. This was the summer Daniel was due to spend with his father and his father’s new wife in Florida. But when they cancel his trip at the last minute, Sue and Daniel suddenly face the prospect of six long weeks together.

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Cinema Until 30 November 2020, FREE

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Having taken place in Sheffield annually in June, this year Sheffield Doc/Fest extends its activities throughout the rest of the year – both in Sheffield and virtually.

Activity Until 20 August 2020, from £69

Comma Press Online Short Story Course

Over the course of 6 workshops get your head around short story writing with Comma Press.

Literature Until 20 August 2020, FREE

Word Central online

In association with Flapjack Press and Manchester Libraries, Word Central Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word heads online fortnightly, with a sign-up-in-advance open mic and a guest poet at each event.

You Don't Nomi
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £10

You Don’t Nomi – Streaming on BFI Player

A chorus of film critics and fervent devotees explore the complicated afterlife of 1995’s biggest film flop, Paul Verhoeven’s showgirls, from disastrous release to cult adoration and extraordinary redemption.

The Zoom Tours Series
Activity Until 25 July 2020, from £6

Jonathan Schofield: The Zoom Tours Series

Jonathan Schofield embraces the new normal with The Zoom Tours Series, taking his knowledge of Manchester into the virtual world for you to enjoy from your living room.

Life drawing Manchester
Activity Until 27 August 2020, from £6

Life Drawing Manchester Online Classes

The popular Northern Quarter community, Life Drawing Manchester, have migrated to zoom, opening up their classes to models and artists from all over the world.

Wasp Network Netflix
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £5.99

Wasp Network – Streaming on Netflix

New from French auteur Olivier Assayas, Wasp Network is a brash tropical drama following the post-Cold War spies, terrorists and counter-terrorists operating between Havana and Miami in the 1990s.

Cinema Until 20 July 2020, FREE

I Am Not Your Negro – Streaming on BBC iPlayer

With I Am Not Your Negro, filmmaker Raoul Peck takes writer James Baldwin’s final, unfinished project “Remember This House” and turns it into a vital, furious documentary that examines the history of race and representation in America.

People's History Museum's Radicals Quiz
Families Until 30 September 2020, FREE

People’s History Museum’s Radicals Quiz

Find out which radical you are, and some of the ideas they fought for, in this fun and interactive quiz from the People’s History Museum.

Exhibitions Until 31 July 2020, FREE

Textiles Gallery Online at the Science and Industry Museum

Check out theScience and Industry Museum’s textiles gallery online. Take a tour, read the blogs and virtually explore this free exhibition devoted to the cotton industry.

Cinema Until 31 August 2020, from £9.99

The Girl With a Bracelet – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

When Sixteen-year-old Lise is accused of murdering her best friend, the impending case tests the loyalty of her family and those around her.

Activity Until 14 August 2020, FREE

Old Bank Daily Drawing Via Zoom

Like Bob Ross but weirder, more interactive, and with terrible production values. You’ll need a mark-making device, a surface to draw on and an open mind for the Old Bank Residency’s daily drawing.

Flecky Bennett
Activity Until 24 July 2020, FREE

Flecky Bennett Virtual Performances

Join regular Ghost Walker Flecky Bennett online for a Friday night fright. Each week Flecky will be bringing you grim tales from greater Manchester.

shared reading live stream
Activity Until 27 August 2020, FREE

Shared Reading live stream

Join The Reader for their shared reading live stream – a lunchtime of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm.