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.
Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.
Reliably festive, MCDC launches a season of Christmas-related events and workshops. It’s also the perfect place to pick up unique handmade gifts.
New poetry etc with the premiere of an Arts Council-funded New Matter commission from headliner Jade Montserrat and readings from Rachael Allen and Daisy Lafarge.
Learn how to meditate with the welcoming community at Manchester Buddhist Centre. Their beginners classes are the perfect way to find your feet and develop your own meditation practice.
Described by the Wall Street Journal as one of ‘China’s Rising Art Stars’, encounter the work of Shanghai-based artist Cui Jie at CFCCA.
See Manchester through entirely fresh eyes. CFCCA presents the latest installment of Cheng Ran’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ series.
Create your own Christmas decorations with Helen Tiffany, expert glass maker. Learn the basics of screen printing on glass to realise your own festive designs.
Take a trip through the magical world of winter festival songs with Manchester Community Choir at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.
Let the Christmas chaos wash over you in a chilled out tea light design workshop at Chapter One Books. You’ll decorate 20 small Christmassy candles.