Stretching all the way from the Curry Mile – with its glittering sari emporiums, Indian sweet shops and mixed reputation for actual curry – up toward the city centre, Oxford Road is not only home to two Universities, the Royal Northern College of Music, an Olympic-sized pool and a good number of the city’s best music venues, it’s also the busiest bus route in Europe. Yes, this is student land, but cultural institutions such as The Whitworth art gallery, Manchester Museum and International Anthony Burgess Centre also make the area a real draw for locals and tourists alike. There are also two parks: Whitworth Park, which dates back to 1890, and Grosvenor Square, a small patch of green that was once a church and where now, on sunny days, the locals come out to bask in bookish style.
The Oxford Road Corridor is the site of serious scientific innovation; here, you can visit the place where the atom was split, and doff your cap to the building dedicated to pioneering computer scientist and code breaker Alan Turing. Once home to philosopher Friedrich Engels and writer Elizabeth Gaskell, the area can boast its fair share of artistic prestige, too. Here, history and innovation still exist side by side.
The RNCM Opera tackles Engelbert Humperdinck’s operatic version of the Brothers Grimm’s early 19th Century fairytale Hansel and Gretel for its major spring production. Expect a tale of transition, redemption and resolution, set to folk music-inspired themes, for a piece that is equal parts dark and magical.
The second Poets & Players event of the year will feature readings by Carcanet poet Anthony Rudolf and poet, playwright and performer Hannah Silva, with live music from RNCM harpists the Septentrion Duo.
Featuring Snoop Dogg’s producer, a live video artist, plus a gospel choir and re-interpretations of Muse and Metallica, the 2017/18 season by ‘probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra’ is as diverse and inspiring as ever.
From revolutionary inspired art to ‘sassy’ Hip Hop Christmas cabaret, check out our guide to HOME’s Autumn/Winter Season.
Starring an ex-beauty queen, a Kurdish MP, a notorious gangster, and a former agent; The Scar attempts to imagine an alternative future outside of the structures of patriarchy.
Featuring an Arabian adventure, Norwegian jazz courtesy of Marius Neset, 1920s Surrealist short films (and accompanying live scores), plus the RNCM Opera’s major production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and a collaboration between German trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen and the RNCM Big Band and Chamber Orchestra, this new season offers plenty to discerning music fans.
Directed by the documentary theatre trailblazer Lola Arias, Minefield sees six veterans from the 1982 Falklands War reunited.
The Refuge celebrates Easter with a weekend of events combining music, arts and a special cosmic collaboration with Bluedot Festival.
A new presentation of works by the acclaimed conceptual artist, John Stezaker, brings our relationship with photography into question.
German trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen brings the knowledge and experience gained during his a prolific three-decade career to the RNCM, as he works with students to encourage their improvisational skills before joining the Big Band and Chamber Orchestra for this programme of his compositions.