Northern Quarter, Manchester

Northern Quarter, Manchester

Creative Tourist

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.

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Image by Ben Williams, Creative Tourist

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.

Discover our top picks

The Other Room: Charles Berstein, Susan Bee, and Maggie O’Sullivan
Literature 3 October 2016, FREE

The Other Room: Charles Bernstein, Susan Bee and Maggie O’Sullivan

The Other Room introduce poet, essayist, editor and critic Charles Bernstein, artist Susan Bee, and Maggie O’Sullivan.

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Theatre 20 October 2016–30 October 2016, from £2.00

Women in Comedy Festival

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.

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Exhibitions 8 September 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

HAND CRAFT at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

49 Manchester-based artists. One iconic hand crafted mural.

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Education 16 February 2017,

PR in China at CFCCA

PR in China will look the (mis)representations of Chinese people in theatre (including Yellow Face Theatre) and films.

Stars of the Lid
Music 5 October 2016, from £20.00

Stars of the Lid

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 2016
Exhibitions 7 October 2016–9 October 2016, from £0.00

Ladyfest Manchester 2016

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.

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Theatre 28 September 2016–8 October 2016, from £10.00

The Emperor

Giselle
Theatre 27 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £12.00

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Artist Film Weekender 2016
Cinema 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £3.00

Artist Film Weekender 2016

Wonder Materials Graphene & Beyond. An exhibition about Graphene at the Museum of Science and Industry

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Exhibitions 23 July 2016–25 June 2017, FREE

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond

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Exhibitions 8 September 2016–30 October 2016, FREE

HAND CRAFT at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

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Theatre 8 September 2016–15 October 2016, from £11.00

To Kill a Mockingbird at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Snowdrift by Edward Onslow Ford
Exhibitions 10 June 2016–31 October 2016, FREE

Elizabeth Price Curates at The Whitworth

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Families 17 September 2016–17 December 2016, from £7.00

Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake & Bad Things at Z-arts