Fresh from last year’s massively acclaimed album Two Hands, Big Thief are bringing their intoxicating live show to Albert Hall this March.
Following his sold out show at Gorilla, Alfa Mist returns to Manchester for a special ‘in the round’ performance at the stunning Royal Exchange Theatre.
Venture behind closed doors into the secretive side of the house at Lyme with a National Trust specialist.
Sean Shibe, one of the foremost guitarists of his generation, is bringing his wild virtuosity and pioneering vision to RNCM this March.
Let go of the day’s stresses and get creative after work, with this crafty zine making workshop featuring artisan pizzas.
Join one of the Royal Exchange’s passionate volunteers as they take you through the underbelly of this working theatre. Experience first hand the hard work and amount of people that go into putting on one of the theatre’s productions as well as seeing the props and costumes from some of your favourite shows.
Louisa May Alcott’s revered 19th-century classic is sent spinning off-kilter by experimental performance company, Figs in Wigs.
Join the ten day celebration of all things innovative and check out the scientific happenings in Manchester and the North.
Join Sam Ward, award winning director and theatre maker in a monthly play reading, as you journey through some classic works for stage.
Supremely talented South London jazz drummer Moses Boyd is stopping by Band on the Wall in support of his 2020 debut album Dark Matter.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.
Bridging church and concert hall better than almost any other work, Beethoven’s Mass in C major features alongside his Fourth Symphony in this BBC Philharmonic concert.
Hailing from the basements of East London, Teeth Of The Sea are one of the UK’s most adventurous and unclassifiable outfits in the realm of the psychedelic.
Featuring leading independent publishers from across the region, the Northern Fiction Alliance Roadshow provides a chance to chat to them and pick up some great reads.
In 2020, Grimmfest and The Horror Channel pay tribute to four Legends of Horror, in the suitably elegant, art-deco surroundings of Stockport Plaza.
Manchester is home to one of Mothers who Make’s most lively and supportive hubs. This national network of creatives with kids come together to laugh, cry and converse.
Part of the Hallé’s Beethoven 250 celebrations, Beyond the Score® offers a breathtaking multimedia experience of Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony starring Simon Callow.
Manchester-based Julia Bardo is making a big splash with her 1960’s-leaning pop. With rumbles of a breakthrough year ahead, don’t miss the chance to catch her in a venue as intimate as YES.
Mindful Makers is a fun morning of children’s yoga including movement, meditation and mindful art activities inspired by artwork in the galleries.
Staged in a former cotton exchange, Rockets and Blue Lights is an award-winning play that confronts an ugly time in history head-on.
Bluecoat prepares to present a new solo show by Frances Disley.
Bluecoat in Liverpool presents artist Jonathan Baldock’s first solo exhibition, Facecrime.
Visually impaired thespians can get involved in the crazy world of Insane Animals with a specialist touch tour before the show.
Sheffield’s Reel Steel Cult Weekender returns to the lush surrounds of the historic Abbeydale Picture House for three days of action, justice-dealing cyborgs and Studio Ghibli — including rare 35mm screenings.
Agbeko are an afrobeat-inspired rock-funk-psych juggernaut from Manchester. Catch their joyous live show at YES this March.
Build your own lampshade from tailor made fabric with this fun introduction to the skills involved with Ministry of Craft.
Gallery Oldham presents a nationally touring exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.
Everything I Know, I Felt at The Lowry will see Girl Gang create a collaborative and interactive space, celebrating the diverse emotional experiences of womxn.
Two titans of the cello playing world come together to perform a number of sonatas by Luigi Boccherini and a new work by Emma-Ruth Richards.
Create your own concrete plant pots using a variety of moulds at The Piece Hall in Halifax.
Create your own plant pots at The Piece Hall in Halifax with maker Kim Searle using a variety of geometric and recycled moulds.
Picturehouse at FACT’s cult strand goes back to the 80s with a mini season of films by cult auteur, David Lynch.
Join Krystan-Grace Sharpe-Young for a double bill of workshops, in which, you’ll learn the skills needed, to create your own photorealistic artwork.
Hear from two of the city’s most exciting and important novelists at the latest Writers at Manchester Met event: Sarah Butler, whose third novel, Jack & Bet, is just out, and Okechukwu Nzelu, the author of critically acclaimed debut The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney.
The Poetry Translation Centre welcome all, to explore and discuss the translation of Nigerian poet Túbọ̀sún Ọládàpọ̀.
Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery will reference the body in relation to technology, politics, gender, race and sexuality.
What better way for the kids to say thanks to mum than with Afternoon Tea in the beautiful Lyme Park?
Three iconic works by three iconic composers will be performed by the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of acclaimed German conductor, Moritz Gnann.
Virtuoso pianist Benjamin Powell joins the Northern Chamber Orchestra for an exciting programme of Shostakovich, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Handel.
RNCM Opera presents a pioneering adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, by composer Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton.
Trumpeter Theo Croker is an adventurous jazz musician known for his cosmically minded, spiritually enlightened take on post-bop, funk, and electronic-tinged fusion.
Explore the underbelly of Manchester’s largest concert hall learning about the acoustics and architecture which make it such a unique venue.
Following the success of 16 sell-out seasons, Carol Ann Duffy returns to introduce new student writers and guest poets Andrew McMillan and Ella Duffy.
Frances Leviston launches her first collection of stories and welcomes novelist and short fiction writer Kirsty Logan to the Live Literature series.
Aerial is a new festival of contemporary music, literature and performance, taking place in and around the Lake District town of Ambleside.
Clemens Schuldt conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a delightful programme of Poulenc, Shostakovich and Dvořák at The Bridgewater Hall.
Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe brings material from his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Diviner’ to the stunning setting of St Mary’s Church.
Musician, activist and award-winning actor Riz Ahmed brings a world premiere rap and music theatre piece about his complicated relationship with the UK.
Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here marks the only UK stop of a major touring retrospective dedicated to the American feminist artist.
Join Zog in his mission to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Roaring fun for all ages.
This new festival celebrates the power of words and stories; championing diversity, social inclusion, and the North’s rich literary and musical history.
Join Helen Taylor, Beth O’Leary and Catherine Isaac as they explore why women are the main buyers and readers of fiction, members of book clubs and attendees at literary festivals.
Activist and burn-victim advocate Katie Piper discusses her own battles with anxiety in an intimate in-conversation event.
Named by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, in Living Dangerously, Sir Randolph Fiennes offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day.
The last decade has seen a new crop of ambient artists come to the fore. One of the most experimentally-minded of these is Steve Hauschildt, who plays The Yard this March
Join Manchester and Liverpool’s favourite son Gerry Potter alongside his friends Chanje Kunda and Dave Viney for an outspoken evening of performance poetry.
Fresh from the Barbican, an evening retelling Richard King’s acclaimed book, The Lark Ascending, featuring Vashti Bunyan, Richard King, Deep Throat Choir and Westmorland Orchestra.
In support of their second album, The Noise You Make Is Silent, Amsterdam-based indie/electronic band Klangstof are playing at YES this March.
Kerry Daynes’s frank and blackly funny memoir The Dark Side of the Mind is an unforgettable journey into the life of a forensic psychologist.
Award-winning author Max Porter and musician Sam Genders join Words Weekend for an exclusive commission of music and words.
Established by music lovers in 2017, Barrow Underground Music Society (BUMS) was created as a reaction to the anodyne, the normal and bland.
What Kwame doesn’t know about engaging the young adult audience is just not worth knowing. The rock star of YA fiction, Kwame Alexander travels the US in a huge tour bus with his name on the side.
Sophie Mackintosh, Jane Rogers and Francine Toon have written several highly acclaimed novels – at this event, they will discuss dystopian fiction.
Lennie Goodings has worked with some of the biggest names in literary history, from Margaret Atwood to Maya Angelou, since joining Virago Press in 1978.
Join Helen Mort, Amy Liptrot, Jack Cooper, and Roy Wilkinson on board a classic Windermere Steamer for a unique afternoon of sounds and words.
For Words Weekend, writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie tells Britain’s Welfare State story through his own history of growing up as a Northern working-class boy.
To mark the release of her third novel, Adults, Emma Jane Unsworth invites you to join in a frank discussion about how to be adults in today’s society.
Dave Haslam will discuss the many ins, outs, highs and lows of The Fall in a conversation with former members Paul and Steve Hanley.
Lone Taxidermist presents ‘Marra’: a deep interrogation into the dialect and ceremonies of West Cumbria, endangered voices and esoteric rituals from auctioneers to gurners.
Ground-breaking spoken word performer, poet, recording artist, novelist and playwright Kate Tempest brings her latest show to St Mary’s Church in Ambleside.
Sheena Kalayil and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi are in conversation about their latest novels and achieving success as first generation immigrants in the UK.
Join writer Kate Spicer as she discusses all that it took to write her life-affirming memoir, Lost Dog: A Love Story, about life after she adopted a stray.
At Words Weekend, Bob Geldof will be in conversation about his book Tales of Boomtown Glory, and the ups and downs of life expressed through song.
Four local poets and rappers will compete in a showcase mini-slam before headline sets from Jasmine Gardosi, Birdspeed and Daniel Piper.
Ambleside Late Night Sessions sees a live PA from Brooklyn born but Barrow-based Niko and a vinyl only DJ set from the legendary Cumbrian producer Aim
Join Adam Kay at Words Weekend as he shares his journey and experiences of life on a hospital ward and discusses his book This is Going to Hurt.
Sunday afternoon at Aerial Festival will be given over to The Quietus’ co-founder and acclaimed author of memoir Out of the Woods, Luke Turner.
A must for aspiring authors, hear Louise Hare and Beth Morrey discuss their novels and the journey that brought them to the point of publication.
Amrou Al-Kadhi discusses their debut book, UNICORN: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen, as part of the first Words Weekend at The Lowry.
Join Flo Perry as she talks about her new book, How To Have Feminist Sex, and the highs and horrors of the dating world.
Waterstones crime fiction buyer turned crime fiction author discusses his work and why Manchester is the perfect backdrop to his books.
Join writer Nikesh Shukla for an intimate autobiographical performance in his new show Salt In The Sugar Jar, as part of Words Weekend.
Join Words Weekend for a rare opportunity to hear two of the most celebrated British icons of stage and screen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid.
Join Mancunian writer and teacher Okechukwu Nzelu as he discusses his acclaimed debut novel, The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney.
Join historian and academic Selina Todd as she discusses her book Tastes Of Honey – The Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution.
Join Helen Fielding as she delves into the world of Bridget Jones’s Diaries, discussing everything she’s learned from our favourite 30-something singleton.
Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton present a special evening celebrating 10 years of their work at Corbel Stone Press – one of the foremost small presses in the UK dedicated to landscape and the natural world.
Take your family on a trip through space and time in this fully immersive cinema experience.
Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.
Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan and a group of local residents who used to attend the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s prepare to occupy the Whitworth for one year. Located in Moss Side, the Reno was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. This living exhibition will tell the story of the club through art and archive materials.
Rugby League is born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears.
What does it mean to be transported into another person’s memories? Step into a new digital art commission at Storyhouse in Chester to find out.
Manchester Art Gallery prepares to present a series of new paintings by artist Louise Giovanelli, alongside rarely-seen early Renaissance panel paintings.
As part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, The Tetley is hosting works by artists Holly Hendry and Taus Makhacheva.
Museum of Science and Industry’s blockbuster exhibition, The Sun, sets out to bring us as close to the star as many of us are likely to ever come.
‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.
Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth examines the powerful the voices of the Design Reform movement.
This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth
From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.
An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.
Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.
A Healthy Profit at Quarry Bank offers an important look at one chapter in the continuing story of capitalism’s impact on the human body.
‘Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth’ brings together new and acclaimed works – including drawings, sculpture, and video – by the Turner prize-winning artist.
After the leaves have fallen and the flowers have gone, discover beautifully crafted artwork by Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson inspired by real-life creatures that call Beningbrough their home.
Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season features the likes of violinists Chloe Hanslip and Anthony Marwood; pianist Martin James Bartlett; percussionist Colin Currie; and their President, cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.
One of the most important feminist artists of the last half-century, Judy Chicago is about to receive her first major survey exhibition in the UK, staged at BALTIC in Gateshead.
‘Animalesque / Art Across Species and Beings’ at BALTIC in Gateshead invites visitors to rethink the human position in the world.
Drenched in the rich beauty of the Guatemalan rainforest, Tate Liverpool presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by the Swiss-Argentinian artist, Vivian Suter.
Marking his UK debut, Theaster Gates responds to the little-known history of Malaga – a small island off the north east state of Maine, USA.
Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.
This December, Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents a new exhibition by local artist Ian McKay based on the architecture of Collier Street Baths
Join Joe Feeley a Mancunian through and through, who guides you into Manchester’s two pillars of cultural excellence with his Rock and Goal tour.
Embrace the effervescent energy of Sunday Night Waves, a 5Rhythms dance class where you can move with the flow of your own body and explore.
These lively mornings of crafts and singing are fun, creative sessions for toddlers.
In their first ever exhibition looking at the role of immigrants in the coal industry, Digging Deep explores black miners’ stories.
Talking Sense at The Portico Library aims to open up a space for helpful conversations around the future of care.
Fifty photos from Pascal Dosset’s international portrait of Europe, Visage(s) d’Europe, will be on display at Alliance Française. One photo per country.
How do we visualise power? What does it look like, and for whom is it visible? Visual Rights looks at how images can expose uneven distributions of power, and shape the way we understand a place’s geography.
Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield explores the modern-day city of Istanbul, viewed through a series of 14th-century miniature illustrations.
Fresh local produce is always on the menu of the Local Leeds food tour. Visit six pubs and restaurants serving up some of Yorkshire’s finest cuisine.
Featuring over 500 artists from across Greater Manchester, the inaugural edition of the Manchester Open Exhibition at HOME should be a highly eclectic and exciting affair.
Eat your way through some of the best street food Leeds has to offer, with insights into the people and stories behind each bite. Try something new with the Leeds Street Food tour.
Coolaborative artist duo, MSR FCJ, present a series of experimental drawings, larger textural paintings and a new publication at HOME in Manchester.
Castlefield Gallery’s upcoming exhibition explores how the conditions of the gallery space affect our encounter with art. It certainly gets a thumbs up from us!
CFCCA presents Singapore artist Ho Tzu Nyen’s alternative ‘A to Z’ account of Southeast Asia, focusing on the region’s neglected histories.
An exhibition by artist Rae-Yen Song at CFCCA which explores British-Chinese identity through the prism of her own family history.
Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.
Spanning a plethora of genres, from classical to folk to Americana, The Stoller Hall’s Spring season is an eclectic delight. Read about it here.
Justin Edgar showcases artefacts he has collected over 30 years which document the Reasonable Adjustment movement at The Art House in Wakefield.
Organised by the British Culture Archive, The Refuge in Manchester presents a remarkable selection of images that capture Britain from the 1960s onwards.
How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.
Join Skyliner for an alternative view of the Norther Quarter, learn about the area’s political happenings through it’s stunning public art.
Take your pick from The Little Library’s carefully curated collection of classics and new releases, adding a recently read book of your own as a replacement.
The RNCM Spring Season is nearly here, and we can’t wait to tell you about it! Ranging from concerts to operas to short film showcases, read our top picks.
This major exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore highlighting their shared interests.
Combining demon lures and invented artefacts, ancient mythology and family lore, The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds is the latest new work by upcoming artist Emii Alrai.
Taus Makhacheva’s new solo exhibition at The Tetley in Leeds explores the traditions of history-making and its encounters with experiences of everyday life.
After growing up in the closed city of Ozyorsk – the birthplace of the Soviet nuclear weapons programme – Yelena Popova’s work reflects a fascination with nuclear history.
Mark Making at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre opens up fascinating new perspectives on humanity’s innate drive to leave its mark.
July Days by Aron Rossman-Kiss at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre revolves around a single, blurry image taken around 1917.
Immerse yourself in the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo as you walk in their footsteps through The Beatles’ home city in this six-hour extravaganza of a walking tour.
This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.
Visit The Piece Hall in Halifax for a series of People Play inspired early years mornings complete with songs, stories and a craft activity.
Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of new digital artworks and experiences.
In this immersive exhibition, children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.
Simeon Barclay: Bus2Move at The Turnpike is an exhibition inspired by the artists research residency at the internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre.
‘Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art’ is a collaboration between a group of six artists, with and without learning disabilities.
The Dark Figure* at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool confronts us with the pervasive though often overlooked presence of modern slavery in the UK.
For her first solo exhibition, Welsh artist Phoebe Davies presents a new body of work inspired by her time spent with a group of teenage female wrestlers training in a local club on the outskirts of Oslo.
Turn your flux capacitor on and set your destination to the Manchester Opera House in the year 2020. Your future depends on it.
An award-winning and perceptive thriller exploring the timely themes of consent, online safety and crime and punishment.
One of Manchester’s up and coming breweries welcome you into their space to learn about the beer making process and, of course, sample the end products.
Satisfy your hunger for knowledge as well as lunch with Scranchester’s food tours of the city centre. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or learn a bit more about the cultural or historical significance of the food you eat all the time.
Open skateboarding session for adults, all abilities are welcome. Discover the creativity of this urban sport.
Artist Alice Irwin’s Matisse-esque friendly giants at The Piece Hall in Halifax embody an enchanting spirit of play, early innocence and imagination. Yet, they also have a more serious side to them.
Drop into The Piece Hall Welcome Centre and collect a sculpture trail map that will take you on a sketching and symbol spotting journey.