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.
The Other Room introduce poet, essayist, editor and critic Charles Bernstein, artist Susan Bee, and Maggie O’Sullivan.
The Women in Comedy Festival has been building in size, and now boasts a bumper crop of top talent. Comics to keep an eye out for include local lass Jackie Hagan, Hayley Ellis and the award-winning Lauren Pattison.
49 Manchester-based artists. One iconic hand crafted mural.
PR in China will look the (mis)representations of Chinese people in theatre (including Yellow Face Theatre) and films.
Since forming in 1993, Stars of the Lid (one of the most apropos names in all of music) have scratched out quite a niche for themselves as one of the most influential drone/ambient music projects on Earth.
Ladyfest Manchester returns 7-9 October, bringing an eclectic lineup of live music, film, performance, art and ideas with it. Celebrating music and art created by women, this year’s festival takes place across eight venues in the Northern Quarter.