Things to Do in Manchester

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Theatre 27 January–24 February 2018,

Queer Contact Festival 2018

Queer Contact Festival returns for its tenth year, celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender arts and culture in Greater Manchester.

wonder women 2018
Festivals 1–31 March 2018,

Wonder Women 2018

Wonder Women 2018 is a special edition of Manchester’s annual radical feminist festival, marking 100-years since some women first won the right to vote in Britain with a city-wide programme of art, culture and debate.

Exhibitions 19 October 2017–15 April 2018, from £5

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry

A once-in-a-lifetime look at one of the largest collections of robots together. A mind-bending, 500 year journey to being human in a robotic world.

Music 27 January 2018, from £12.00

BBC Philharmonic Elgar | Rachmaninov | Sibelius at The Bridgewater Hall

Pianist Kathryn Stott – a resident of Manchester and a longstanding friend of the BBC Philharmonic – performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis.

Theatre 12–27 January 2018, from £3.00

PUSH Festival 2018 at HOME

Shake off those January blues, get wrapped up and check out the North West’s best-emerging theatre-makers.

Families 21 January 2018, from £12

RNCM Young Explorer’s Concert – An Arabian Adventure at the RNCM

THIS WEEKEND. Live classical music and art combine to demonstrate how music can be one of the most incredible ways of telling a story. One of the best introductions to the joys of live music we can think of.

Theatre 19–20 January 2018, from £11.50

Airplay at The Lowry

Laugh, gasp in awe, “ride the wind and dream” in this modern spectacle that aims to bring to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen.

Dance 31 January–3 February 2018, from £10.00

Hofesh Shechter Company: Grand Finale at HOME

Anarchic, alien and awesome, Grand Finale is a dance piece more monumental than anything else around.

Exhibitions 8 December 2017–4 February 2018, FREE

Making, A Life: The Peter Hodgson Retrospective at Castlefield Gallery

‘Outsider’ artist Peter Hodgson receives his first gallery retrospective with a show that speaks to a society in search of more ‘holistic’ ways of living and sustainable routes forward.

Music 1 February 2018, from £28.50

Jeff Tweedy at Albert Hall

Two-time Grammy Award winner Jeff Tweedy performs ‘re-imaginings’ of songs through throughout his career, with Wilco, Golden Smog and Loose Fur, to mark the beginning of his retrospective series, the Loft Acoustic Sessions.

Manchester District Guides

Photo of a handwritten label in a cafe that says "Ring for service with a smile"

Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester

Burton Road is the heart of West Didsbury, a beautifully maintained leafy hubbub of shops,…

Beech Road Chorlton, Manchester

It may not quite have the reputation of Benefits Street, but Beech Road in Chorlton…

The front of Didsbury restaurant Volta.

Didsbury, Manchester

Follow Oxford Road South through the Curry Mile, along Wilmslow Road, past Platt Fields Park…

Chorlton, Manchester

This left-leaning suburb a few miles south of Manchester’s city centre (and only ten minutes…

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways…

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Exhibitions 19 October 2017–15 April 2018, from £5

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry

Theatre 12–27 January 2018, from £3.00

PUSH Festival 2018 at HOME

Theatre 19–20 January 2018, from £11.50

Airplay at The Lowry

Black Men Walking at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 18 January–3 February 2018, from £13.00

Black Men Walking at the Royal Exchange

Music 12 January–16 April 2018, from £6

The Stoller Hall 2018 Season

Theatre 2 December 2017–3 February 2018, from £22.00

Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Music 24 September 2017–9 June 2018,

BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 Concert Season

Music 9 September 2017–31 May 2018, from £15.00

Manchester Camerata 2017/18 Season

Exhibitions 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

Exhibitions 30 September 2017–4 February 2018, FREE

Hetain Patel at Manchester Art Gallery

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

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