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.
Combining ambition and futility, folly and hope; will British artist David Bethell’s wooden balloon speak to our current age? The artist’s wonderfully enigmatic exhibition Fleeting Flights at HOME looks set to mark an exciting new point in his career.
With a continuing drive towards bold global programming, HOME Manchester welcomes friends, old and new, for an exhilarating new season.
Contact In The City Part Three – is a radical city-wide programme of performance taking place whilst Contact’s theatre undergoes an exciting transformation. Read our preview of the upcoming season.
One of the rising stars of British literature, Max Porter’s multi-award-winning debut novel Grief Is The Thing With Feathers has been followed up with the equally dark and funny Lanny, which he will be reading from and discussing with Luke Brown, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing and author of My Biggest Lie.
Poetry at the regular free event at Whitworth Art Gallery comes courtesy Lavinia Greenlaw and Daljit Nagra, while the musical slot is filled by Thelonious Monk-inspired Blind Monk Trio.
Film curators Bigger Than Life present a 35mm screening of The Seventh Victim with an introduction by Dr Chloé Germaine Buckley of Manchester Met and Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies.
Head to the newly opened Blackwell’s Manchester to hear Nicole Flattery introduce her debut Bloomsbury short story collection Show Them A Good Time and Daisy Johnson read from her 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlisted first novel Everything Under.
‘Thick Time’ by South African artist William Kentridge at the Whitworth should prove to be both fascinating and mind-boggling in equal measure.
Inspired by autobiographical events, SparkPlug is a punchy and poetic monologue which explores family, race, identity and love.