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.
Eighty poets have battled it out to get to this stage in the Word War Four slam contest – the grand final when ten winners of each heat go head to head in a bid to snaffle £200 and the coveted Word War 3MT Trophy!
Last Bad Language before Christmas – with poet, Lit Up host and Man Met lecturer Helen Mort headlining, and open mic performers also taking to the stage.
CFCCA’s upcoming exhibition explores the contradictory relationship between resource exploitation, ecological protection and technological development in the digital age.
Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker stops off at Band on the Wall with her brand new solo album, Sweet Kind of Blue. The folk and country musician tries her hand as a soul chanteuse for the record, which tells a love story between Barker and Memphis.