Following a year of cancellations and postponements, live events appear to be very nearly back on the table – happy news indeed for culture-lovers in Manchester.
To tide us over until that sweet, sweet day, arts and cultural organisations in Manchester continue to adapt their programmes for online audiences, offering a glittering array of events that play to the innovations of digital streaming.
Spanning all of our sections, the guide below features our top picks of online events and activities taking place this March. From future-leaning theatre to creative arts workshops, livestreamed gigs to family fun, there is something for everyone. For film fans, we also recommend new releases that you can stream on the small screen, including 2021’s online edition of Manchester Film Festival.
We’re updating this guide monthly, so check back in April and there’ll be a whole new raft of online things to do in Manchester and the north. In the meantime, here are March’s offerings.
Here are our picks
Doodle Den: Playful Protests at People's History Museum at People’s History Museum in Manchester, City Centre and online, Until 31 December 2021, free entry
The whole family can use the People’s History Museum’s online resources to creatively explore important topics including climate change, LGBT+ Pride and migrant rights.
Life Drawing Manchester, online, Until 25 April 2021, from £6 - Book now
Before the pandemic, the popular Northern Quarter community Life Drawing Manchester met weekly at Bee Studio, where they’d socialise, draw and enjoy a few glasses of wine. Since migrating to Zoom, the community has grown exponentially, opening up its classes to models and artists from all over the world.
Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon, online, Until 1 April 2022, free entry - Visit now
Bhangra is an energetic form of dance and music originated in the Panjab by farming communities during the spring harvest festival of Vaisakhi. Bhangra Lexicon is the world’s first ‘visual dictionary’ of movements found within this beautiful artform, carefully compiled by World Bhangra Day founder, Hardeep Sahota.
Queer Contact 2021: Russell T Davies in conversation with Nathaniel Hall, online, 30 April 2021, from £5.00 - Book now
In this first event for Queer Contact 2021, screenwriting legend Russell T Davies will join award-winning theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall to discuss depictions of HIV and AIDS on stage and screen. The evening will also include the premiere of a collection of short films, created by Dibby Theatre, about living with HIV today.ha
Join a virtual gathering of women for an online dance project celebrating female movement through the ages. Produced by Complicité for Homemakers, Everything that rises must dance sets expressive physical action to an evolving soundscape, and explores how we can move together in our own space.
Sound Stage, online, Until 1 October 2021, TBC - Book now
We’re all missing theatre – the live performance, the pre-show excitement, post-show Q&As and interval drinks with friends. Designed by theatre-makers and leading technologists, Sound Stage is an innovative new initiative that recreates the theatre experience for an online audience.
What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library, online, Until 27 July 2021, free entry - Visit now
The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.
Cinemas are closed right now. We’ll be back front and centre when they reopen but in the meantime, here are top picks of things to stream to the small screen.
Hosted by Quarantine, a Manchester-based award-winning theatre and performance company, No Such Thing – The Distance Edition is an online version of their monthly get-together.
Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 9PL - Visit now
Manchester Museum has uploaded their digital content onto a new mobile site so that you can explore their collection from your home. Head t0 their new site for entertainment and education until they reopen.