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.
Screened/ MCR host a special, festive evening in celebration of silent cinema. There will be a screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari, Manchester Metropolitan silent shorts, speakers and Dairius Battiwalla providing live accompaniment throughout.
This December, First Draft will once again be sharing a special festive event with The Real Story, serving up an evening of music and storytelling to warm your cold, cold winter hearts…
PR in China will look the (mis)representations of Chinese people in theatre (including Yellow Face Theatre) and films.
CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response.
A new night of live music and DJ sets curated by producer, songwriter, guitarist and bona-fide national treasure Richard Hawley.
Three artists push glass to the limits in this small but startling exhibition at Manchester Craft and Design Centre – which launches with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.
Conceived by artist Jeremy Deller, What Is the City but the People? will see residents parading on a specially designed walkway across Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens to musical accompaniment, capturing the city through its outfits and attitudes.
Kick off the festive season in style with our annual Baked A La Ska Christmas special.
Cameroonian singer Coco Mbassi describes her music as ‘a tree with deep African roots and branches that extend some towards classical music, some towards soul, gospel and jazz, and others towards Latin music and even pop music.’