Online things to do in Manchester and the North – Online events

Johnny James, Managing Editor

As cultural sites reopen across Manchester and the north, we’re all eager to once again enjoy their live offerings. But the livestreaming boom triggered by the pandemic isn’t going anywhere; digital offshoots of cultural programmes can continue to bring pleasure to millions.

Northern cultural organisations thus continue to offer a glistening range of online events – or hybrid events – for us to experience in our homes. Spanning each of our sections, the guide below features our top picks of online events taking place this June and beyond. From livestreamed gigs to creative workshops, literature talks to family fun, there’s something here for everyone.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory

    Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory
    Tai Shani, The Neon Hieroglyph (still), 2021

    Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory, online, Until 31 March 2022, free entry - Visit now

    Turner Prize-winning artist Tai Shani takes us on an LSD-inspired hallucinatory journey across time and space. Prepare to have your consciousness expanded.

  • 2. MINDSCAPES: //OUTSIDEIN// – Theater DEGASTEN

    Mindscapes //OUTSIDEIN//
    Image courtesy of Theater DEGASTEN/SICK! Festival.

    MINDSCAPES: //OUTSIDEIN// - Theater DEGASTEN, online, Until 16 May 2022, free entry - Visit now

    Tune into a new theatre piece created by young people and care institutions across Manchester in collaboration with Amsterdam-based Theater DEGASTIN.

  • 3. Electric Dreams – Online with Venture Arts

    Electric Dreams – Online with Venture Arts
    Declan Leslie, untitled, pen on paper, 2019-20.

    Electric Dreams, online, Until 31 August 2021, free entry - Visit now

    Venture Arts presents the first of three online exhibitions featuring new work made by learning disabled artists over lockdown.

  • 4. Hidden Winter

    Hidden Winter
    Image courtesy of SBC Theatre.

    Hidden Winter, online, Until 31 August 2021, free entry - Visit now

    Round up the family and head outside for a wonderful story walk adventure from Stand and Be Counted Theatre. Perfect for livening up a lockdown walk with kids.

  • 5. Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

    doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel

    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.

  • 6. Sound Stage

    Sound Stage
    Image courtesy of Naked Productions.

    Sound Stage, online, Until 1 October 2021, TBC - Book now

    An exciting new audio-digital venture, Sound Stage has been designed by theatre-makers and leading technologists to give audiences a unique online theatre experience.

  • 7. Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

    Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
    Jody Hartley

    Science Learning at Home, online, Until 31 December 2021, free entry - Visit now

    Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a great way to explore some of the observatory’s themes online. Think photography-based projects, arts activities for kids and stargazing tips.

  • 8. NQ Jazz Live

    NQ Jazz Live at The Stoller Hall, Manchester and online, Until 4 October 2021 - Book now

    A massive programme of live and livestreamed jazz, spanning venues across Manchester, has been announced as part of a collaborative series by NQ Jazz, The Stoller Hall and The Yard.

  • 9. Zoom Tours: Jonathan Schofield’s New Series

    Johnathan Schofield

    Johnathan Schofield's Zoom Tours Series, online, Until 24 August 2021, free entry - Visit now

    Join expert tour guide Johnathan Schofield as he travels chronologically and geographically through the culture, architecture and geography of Manchester.

  • 10. The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester

    The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester
    HOME

    The Earth Asleep at HOME Manchester, Manchester, Until 11 September 2021 - Book now

    The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, asks how we are to process the continuous trauma beamed to us via mass media.

  • 11. Hidden Winter

    Hidden Winter
    Image courtesy of SBC Theatre.

    Hidden Winter, online, Until 31 August 2021, free entry - Visit now

    Round the family up and head outside for this wonderful story walk adventure from Stand and Be Counted Theatre. Perfect for livening up a lockdown walk.

  • 12. Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

    doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel

    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.

  • 13. PUSH Festival 2021 at HOME

    PUSH Festival - HOME
    Image courtesy of HOME Manchester.

    Push Festival 2020 at HOME Manchester, Manchester, Until 31 December 2021 - Book now

    Thrilling and challenging, HOME’s annual festival is a glimmering reminder that new performance continues to be developed, despite ‘you-know-what’.

  • 14. Sound Stage

    Sound Stage
    Image courtesy of Naked Productions.

    Sound Stage, online, Until 1 October 2021, TBC - Book now

    An exciting, new audio-digital venture, Sound Stage has been designed by theatre-makers and leading technologists, to give audiences a unique online theatre experience.

  • 15. The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester

    The Earth Asleep at HOME, Manchester
    HOME

    The Earth Asleep at HOME Manchester, Manchester, Until 11 September 2021 - Book now

    The Earth Asleep, a new film and original live score from creative duo Clara Casian and Robin Richards, premieres this spring at HOME.

  • 16. Ad Minoliti at BALTIC in Gateshead

    Ad Minoliti at BALTIC in Gateshead
    Ad Minoliti, Abstraccion geometrico- galactica, 2019, unique eco-solvent inkjet print on canvas. Photo: Aurélien Mole/ Courtesy the artist and Crèvecoeur, Paris

    Ad Minoliti at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, Until 13 March 2022, free entry - Visit now

    Ad Minoliti’s immersive exhibition draws upon queer and feminist theory to offer new understandings of the world around us.

  • 17. Doodle Den: Playful Protests Online

    doodle den at people's history museum, young girl using thick marker pen to drawer on a glass panel

    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.

  • 18. NQ Jazz Live

    NQ Jazz Live at The Stoller Hall, Manchester and online, Until 4 October 2021 - Book now

    A massive programme of live jazz music, spanning venues across Manchester, has been announced as part of a collaborative series by NQ Jazz, The Stoller Hall and The Yard.

  • 19. Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online

    Hardeep Sahota: Bhangra Lexicon – Online
    Hardeep Sahota, Bhangra Lexicon, 2021. Hardeep Sahota, Bhangra – Jhummar. Photo © Tim Smith

    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.

  • 20. Sound Stage

    Sound Stage
    Image courtesy of Naked Productions.

    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.

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