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.
Poet, playwright and founding editor of Riggwelter Press Amy Kinsman launches her debut pamphlet &. She is joined by Kate Garrett-Nield and Pete Green, plus open mic performers, for a night of words.
To mark the launch of their first graphic novel collaboration, The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head, artist Dan Berry and writer David Gaffney will be chatting and signing copies at this relaxed Saturday-afternoon event.
CFCCA and HOME take part in a new UK-wide programme of exhibitions, commissions and events celebrating female contemporary artists working in China today.
Glass making and digital design combine to remarkable effect in this new exhibition at MCDC, which gives physical shape to the sound of the blower’s breath.
A three-year programme of co-commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange to celebrate shared heritage between the North of England and South Asia, New North and South features 15 events over three months in its 2018 music strand. Highlights include a live soundtrack from Asian Dub Foundation, Nitin Sawhney’s collaboration with theatre company Tara Arts, plus live performances fmor the likes of percussion ensemble The Dhol Foundation and contemporary Indian folk musician Raghu Dixit.
Boasting the status of ‘the oldest active African orchestra’, Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo continue to record and tour some five decades after its inception. Catch the group – featuring three original members – live this summer.
Legendary Brazilian psychedelic rock group Os Mutantes make their Manchester debut this May, over 50 years after forming. Find out why they count Beck, David Byrne and Devendra Banhart among their many fans worldwide.
Psych Icons is a new exhibition by Manchester based artist, Dunstan Carter, featuring twelve portraits of music icons from the golden age of psychedelia.
Part of the UK-wide ‘Lates’ festival for the culturally curious, Manchester After Hours returns this year with an exciting one-night programme of post 5pm activity spread across many of the city’s most loved venues.