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. 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, 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. PUSH Festival 2021 at HOME

    PUSH Festival - HOME
    Image courtesy of HOME Manchester.

    Push Festival 2021 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’.

  • 6. 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.

  • 7. 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.

  • 8. Alliance Française de Manchester

    Alliance Française de Manchester, 125 Portland St,, Manchester, M1 4QD - Visit now

    Le français, c’est chic! The Alliance Française de Manchester has a large range of online & onsite French courses starting 14 September.

  • 9. Cinema in Manchester and the North

    Titane

    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.

  • 10. 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 perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.

  • 11.

    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.

  • 12. Manchester Museum

    Manchester Museum Tours at Manchester Museum

    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.

  • 13. Contact Theatre

    exterior of Contact Theatre building

    Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6JA - Visit now

    Contact is offering some inspiration over on their website. For the next seven weeks, seven freelance artists will each suggest seven creative ideas to help you Take Notice – a different idea every day.

  • 14. City of Literature: Manchester

    Manchester Central Library
    Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net). [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

    Manchester’s libraries are not open, but you can discover all the free digital resources available from them here. There’s also plenty of ideas on their social media channels.

  • 15. Bluedot 2022 at Jodrell Bank

    Bluedot

    Bluedot Festival 2022 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, 22–24 July 2022, from £59.75 - Book now

    With Bluedot officially postponed until next year (with headliners intact) they have been working on trying to bring the festival experience to your living room. Over the coming weeks, they’ll have a series of takeovers from some of their best-loved artists.

  • 16. Manchester Art Gallery

    Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Brooks
    Andrew Brooks

    Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3JL - Visit now

    There’s a lot of Manchester Art Gallery’s collection online for you to explore, we’re particularly impressed with their audio guides site, which includes four guided mindfulness sessions.

  • 17. The Lowry

    The Lowery Theatre and Gallery in Salford Quays Manchester.
    Image courtesy of Visit Britain

    The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, Manchester, M50 3AZ - Visit now

    The Lowry is closed but is looking for new ways to inspire. Their blog offers some ideas of how to keep yourself busy during these unusual times.

  • 18. The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield

    The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now

    The building is closed but The Hepworth Wakefield Garden will remain open for people to enjoy. The team will continue to provide inspiring creative content online and will be involving artists and our communities in their digital programming.