It was Manchester that gave rise to socialism, the British Labour Party and the Suffragettes. Wildly ambitious, Manchester was the original industrial city, once the largest centre of manufacturing in the world. This is not the kind of past that a city forgets. Go into its museums and you’ll find the evidence: their collections are among the best in Britain. But before you write this off as just history, think on.
Manchester is steadily reinventing districts that were once busy with industrial factories and warehouses; the red-bricked buildings of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats are now taken up with independent shops, bars, and restaurants. The city boasts two universities along Oxford Road, as well as the award-winning Whitworth and Manchester Museum – with cross-arts space HOME a short stroll away on Tony Wilson Place.
There’s the Royal Exchange in the centre, the UK’s biggest theatre in-the-round, housed in what was once the largest single room in the world. Not forgetting MediaCity UK, which shares The Quays with major arts organisations IWM North and The Lowry and is home to BBC North and ITV. So while this is a city with a past, Manchester has its eyes on the future. The joy of visiting today is that, without too much effort, you get to experience a slice of both.
Take a great DJ set, add a splash of art and multiply that by a double dose of science and you get Dark Hearts of Space, a new audio visual show that unravels the mysteries of black holes
Gramophone wrote that when superb young Spanish pianist Javier Perianes plays Grieg’s ever-fresh Piano Concerto, as he does tonight, ‘you may well find yourself falling in love and in awe all over again’
This exhibition explores the haunting consequences of a world without bees through a series of photographs and artworks.
Castle Rock takes its cues from Stephen King’s film Stand By Me, totally deconstructing it to create a freaky and fragmentary work that mixes together music, movement and theatre.
Whether you’re being dazzled by the terracotta warriors, tantalised by the tasty cuisine or simply soaking up the atmosphere, this year promises to be Manchester’s biggest Chinese New Year celebration to date.
Le Gateau Chocolat has an incredible voice, which can bend to the lowest bass and trill at the top of the treble. He is also more than a simply a singer: he’s an all round show-stopping performer.
PUSH gives you a chance to revisit your favourite theatre moments from the previous year and catch up on a few you might have missed out on. Comedy, cabaret and a play with a man who was a rubber-faced revelation – what better way to start your theatre year.
Follow the dazzling 175-foot Dragon from Albert Square to Chinatown for music, acrobatics, dancing and a glittering firework finale
Start the new year with positive action at Manchester Museum celebrating the little and large things that make our world amazing.