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.
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.
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.
Sheffield’s Showroom presents a series of free weekly film talks from esteemed academics from both Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield.
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.
One of the UK’s leading arts events, Buxton International Festival is a glorious summertime celebration of opera, music and books.
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 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.
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.
Learn a new language this summer with Alliance Française. Join the online group lessons from Manchester’s enthusiastic and welcoming francophone hub.
Join Manchester Museum online for emotional support and suggestions for family well-being activities followed by music and songs. Perfect for ages 0-5.
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.
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.
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 heads online to launch her new Carcanet collection, Deformations, which she will discuss with fellow poet and critic Kathryn Maris.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Carcanet online to celebrate the launch of Chris Beckett’s new poetry collection, Tenderfoot, hosted by poet and broadcaster Daljit Nagra.
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.
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.
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.
RNCM are taking their lunchtime concerts online, with remote recitals by students, staff and alumni live-streamed on Facebook every Monday and Thursday.
Improve your singing and wellbeing by joining The Choir Project’s weekly virtual choir led by Manchester singer and musical director, Dan McDwyer.
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.
‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.
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 at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore highlighting their shared interests.
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.
This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Presented by Homemakers and the RADA Festival, Turkey Sausage Roll takes you on a journey into one young woman’s restless mind.
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.
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.
Take part in this new episodic online game created by multi-award-winning interactive theatre-makers Hidden Track, in collaboration with you, the player.
The Homemakers series of virtual theatre continues with this interactive, fantasy musical set in and around your own home.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.
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.
Gallery Oldham presents an online exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.
Travel to the depths of the South American rainforest with a visit to Abel Rordriguez’s first solo exhibition, presented online at BALTIC Plus.
Site Gallery presents WEB/SITE – an online programme of events and activity engaging with contemporary artists and ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 brings you closer to many of the most loved works within Bury Art Museum’s collection whilst its doors are closed.
Stay at home and join National Football Museum online for a packed programme of activities for families this Easter.
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.
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.
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 are helping fans get through the lockdown with a series of largely unseen concert films, uploaded to YouTube every Thursday.
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.
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.
HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.
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.
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.
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.
A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.
Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.
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.
Experience the insightful and very honest view of Manchester’s city centre, with the new online tours from Invisible Cities Manchester.
Grimmfest TV is a new online channel from the people behind Grimmfest, Manchester’s horror and fantasy film festival.
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…
The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess is hosting daily album listening parties on Twitter, featuring guest appearances from Britpop and indie royalty.
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.
To help you stay well and maintain good mental health Manchester Art Gallery is offering a weekly mindfulness session.
Rejoice! You can now join the People’s History Museum online as they stream this regular favourite from their events programme.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natasha Lyonne and RuPaul Charles star in Jamie Babbit’s cult 1999 romantic satire.
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.
Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson excel as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs.
Jonathan Demme x Talking Heads. Find out why Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as the greatest concert film ever made.
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.
Claire Denis’ masterful reworking of Herman Melville is sensual and dangerous.
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.
Presented in two parts, Siege is a nitty-gritty, punch-packed series of online discussions between disabled women performance makers.
They talk about the beautiful game, but for Laurentiu Ginghina, it’s not enough.
Films from RKO Pictures, one of the Big Five studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
One for our next generation of digital natives: an exciting new dance commission inspired by the dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram.
Find a quiet room, grab your headphones and get some welcomed lockdown escapism with this specially commissioned cinematic soundtrack.
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.
South Korean director Lee Chang Dong delivers a brilliantly executed, abstract but intellectually stimulating portrait of working class frustrations and contemporary alienation.
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.
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.
Cory Finley’s assured debut feature is a coldly stylish story of wealthy suburban highschoolers out to commit the perfect murder.
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now showing on BFI Player is Wanuri Kahiu lyrical lesbian romance, Rafiki. Notable as the…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Conceived and created by artist Nick Burton, Our Plague Year brings an exclusive weekly comic strip to your inbox every week.
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.
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.
Experimental art-house auteurs Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers join forces for a surreal, perplexing trip to Thailand in Krabi, 2562.
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.
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.
Manchester Art Gallery presents ‘Stories We Share’ – a weekly series of conversations exploring all things connected to hot drinks.
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.
‘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.
Veteran filmmaker Atom Egoyan returns with a complex, absorbing family drama about a father-daughter relationship wrestling with past traumas that inform present circumstances.
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.
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.
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.
Over the course of 6 workshops get your head around short story writing with Comma Press.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join regular Ghost Walker Flecky Bennett online for a Friday night fright. Each week Flecky will be bringing you grim tales from greater Manchester.