Summer is threatening to grab its hat and head south for the winter, but while the weather might be cooling down, arts and culture is just warming up. Here are our longlist of things to do in September in Manchester and the North.
Eat the Archive is a new project from Manchester Jewish Museum, combining cultural history through talking, making and eating.
People’s History Museum presents a powerful selection of images documenting one of the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests that took place in central Manchester during May 2020.
Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body continues the Henry Moore Institute’s programme of exhibitions dedicated to contemporary sculptors yet to receive full exposure in the UK.
Above The Line are continuing their free socially distant cinema into September, with another line-up of indie faves and foreign language classics to see you through.
The Time We Call Our Own at Open Eye Gallery foregrounds nightlife and the visual culture surrounding it as a rich site for exploration.
LAST CHANCE. OUPUT presents a solo exhibition of work by Gold Maria Akanbi – an artist whose practice is shaped by her interest in Afro-futurism and her perception of reality as a neurodiverse person, among other things.
HOME is scheduled to reopen its cinema on Friday 4 September with a whole raft of new safety procedures and a first rate film programme that picks up where it left off.
Exploring digital legacy and online identity, acclaimed theatre-makers Dante or Die are back with a video podcast version of their hugely successful show.
A Good Market at Sadlers Yard features seasonal food, sustainable products, free workshops, engaging talks, live music and great local beers.
Drawings by artists such as Carpaccio, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck make up this major exhibition dedicated to ‘lines of beauty’.
The slippery, ambiguous nature of memory imbues the work of Ruofan Chen, whose illusive drawings are about to go on display at PAPER Gallery in Manchester.
Where do we go from here? An apt question for our current tumultuous times and also the intriguing title of Foday Kabba’s first solo exhibition.
Studio Eleven Gallery in Hull presents ‘Hombeound Bounties’ an exhibition of ceramics by Irena Sibrijns and illustrations by Gillian Martin.
Tate Liverpool presents a major retrospective of work by Don McCullin, widely considered to be one of the greatest photojournalists of our time.
Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery will reference the body in relation to technology, politics, gender, race and sexuality.
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival moves online for its 16th edition with a new streaming format that provides access to its 53 films for just £7.50 — the price of a normal cinema ticket.
Sheffield’s Showroom cinema reopens its doors for the first time in six months, with social distancing procedures and a whole new film programme set to tempt movie buffs.
Explore the history of Manchester’s Chinese community with a soundwalk from CFCCA’s current resident artist, Hayley Suviste.
Huma Bhabha’s strange cast of both ancient and futuristic seeming characters are due to arrive at BALTIC in Gateshead for an exhibition alluringly titled, Against Time.
The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue at BALTIC shines a light on a greatly under-recognised artist, whose work engages with questions of gender and identity.
The much-loved Manchester Food and Drink Festival is back with a host of exciting events. This will be the city’s first COVID-safe major outdoor event.
Specially adapted for an online audience, the Octagon continues to reach audiences digitally with this live-streamed Shakespearean comedy.
Henry Golding is mightily impressive in Monsoon, the new film from Lilting director Hong Khaou.
Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe has been commissioned by Aerial Festival to create a collection of new songs inspired by the South Lakes.
Join Stuart Maconie, Helen Mort, Jack Cooper, and Roy Wilkinson for a unique collission of sounds and words.
Lone Taxidermist presents ‘Marra’: a deep interrogation into the dialect and ceremonies of West Cumbria, endangered voices and esoteric rituals from auctioneers to gurners.
Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton celebrate 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.
Cumbria’s Aerial Festival has commissioned musicians, writers and filmmakers to create new work, for online release this September.
Take a stroll through this urban oasis and experience a series of performances inspired by the healing power of nature.
Dialogue with Dr Leona Vaughn: guests Ellis Eyo Thomson, Zita Holbourne on conservation of Liverpool Slave trade history and decolonisation.
Presented as part of Journeys Festival International 2020, Wonderland is an online exhibition of new work by internationally renowned artist Mohammad Barrangi.
Beauty for Ashes is a vibrant photographic exhibition of textile art pieces filled with colours representing artist Susan Kamara’s African heritage.
This year’s Journeys Festival International takes place online, exploring the experiences of refugees from around the world through art, comedy, film, music, food, sci-fi adventure and politically charged conversation.
Magid Magid talks to Yasmine Ouirhrane, named Young European of the Year 2019 for her advocacy work on social and gender justice in Europe.
Graffiti, Art and Protest in Iran by Parham Ghalamdar and Limina Immersive is a virtual experience that recreates the water channel where the ELF crew made their work.
Journeys Festival International presents This is Not Now for Me – a series of performative photographs by Iman Tajik responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Northern Ballet, Studio Wayne McGregor and the Gary Clarke Company present a thrilling evening of world-class original contemporary dance to enjoy at home.
Manchester regular Verbose is back on the internet for a fourth time, touting “a trio of exciting young poets” taking on headline duties, Amy King, The Fragile Poet and Antony Szmierek, plus a talented bill of open mic performers.
Join Journeys Festival International for a discussion about how a whole-school approach to welcoming new arrivals can create a thriving community for everyone.
Poet Kim Moore invites you to join in this experimental, audience-directed, choose-your-own-adventure event using live polls to help navigate through the online reading of her PhD thesis text.
Expand your knowledge, open yourself up to new processes and hone you skills with HOME’s series of Producers Toolkit workshops.
Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
This blockbuster exhibition was due to close at the end of March, but has been extended until 29 November as part of the Science and Industry Museum’s reopening programme.
Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The seventh edition of Jerwood Makers Open, presented at Manchester Art Gallery, demonstrates that craft and artisanship are by no means dead.
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.
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.
A Young Identity and Homemakers commission, this is an audio poem exploring universal uncertainty at a time of great change.
Fusing music and spoken word, Young identity present this new work by Saf Elsenoss as part of Homemakers.
Presented by Young Identity, this collection of 4 poems examines the ethereal qualities of our lived experiences, once we look back on them as memories.
Using soundscape and film, this Young Identity Homemakers commission explores the burning house analogy often given as an explanation to those who say ‘all lives matter’.
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.
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.
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.
Shot entirely on a smartphone and GoPro throughout lockdown, this perceptive short film examines the costs of being ‘othered’ in a radicalised world.
Exploring love, loss and reclamation, a house is vividly brought to life in this metaphorical poem by writer-performer Hester Ullyart.
Offering contemporary poetry as a tool for healing and connection, PHS is a brand-new online literary cure-all.
Innovative, visual and inclusive, this short film uses unique theatrical language to shine a light on a Deaf person’s experience of war.
Inspired by the first 12 weeks of lockdown and presented in 12 parts, Absent Tense is an audio essay and accompanying publication that reflects the presence of absence in our lives right now.
Presented in three chapters, TubeSong will take you on a powerful storytelling journey to a world where day and night are lit as one.
Created by composer Alex Ho and theatre-maker Elayce Ismail, this stunning fusion of music, text and visuals sees a trip to the Amazon take an unexpected turn.
Brittany, France 1770. Portrait painter Marianne (Merlant) is commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Haenel), a reluctant bride to be who has just left the convent.
Presented by Homemakers and the RADA Festival, Turkey Sausage Roll takes you on a journey into one young woman’s restless mind.
Pairing some of the sharpest minds on the UK spoken word scene with hand-drawn animations by theatre-maker and video designer Edalia Day, be sure to catch this animated slam.
Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.
Take part in this new episodic online game created by multi-award-winning interactive theatre-makers Hidden Track, in collaboration with you, the player.
The Homemakers series of virtual theatre continues with this interactive, fantasy musical set in and around your own home.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.
Gallery Oldham presents an online exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.
Heart surgeon Juha has lived life at an unengaged distance since his wife’s passing. And although it is often debilitating, his grief also throws up some rather surprising sexual urges.
Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.
Controversial from the moment it premiered in Competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and troubled young girl.
Anthony Burgess on Tape is an online exhibition from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation comprising of 1,094 cassettes and 87 reel-to-reel tapes from one of Manchester’s greatest and most prolific writers.
Working Class Movement Library presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
BAM Online brings you closer to many of the most loved works within Bury Art Museum’s collection whilst its doors are closed.
FACT’s year-long programme, The Living Planet, seems even more timely than first imagined – and has been created for people to interact with and enjoy remotely for free online.
The National Football Museum presents a major online exhibition of football shirts. Enjoy in-depth analysis, opinion, and discussion by the exhibition curators and shirt industry insiders into what makes certain shirts so special.
The National Football Museum presents a major exhibition of football shirts. Enjoy in-depth analysis, opinion, and discussion by the exhibition curators and shirt industry insiders into what makes certain shirts so special.
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.
HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.
Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.
Follow Bryony Kimmings on a long, lonely night after she finds the email address of a potential lover and through the following day’s onslaught of Covid anxiety.
Tune in to this new short film, by Ugly Bucket, which examines the lengths we’ll go to oblige the pressures of staying productive in lockdown.
A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.
Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.
the Whitworth in Manchester invites you to step into the garden as subject with an online version of its 2016 exhibition, The Gardener Digs in Another Time.
How well do you know your friends? Homemakers presents Tell Me, a game for two or more people which you can play at home. Intrigued? Read on…
The philosophy cafe at Manchester Art gallery are still going strong, conversing and debating art and societies bigger issues via the medium of zoom.
To help you stay well and maintain good mental health Manchester Art Gallery is offering a weekly mindfulness session.
Presented in two parts, Siege is a nitty-gritty, punch-packed series of online discussions between disabled women performance makers.
One for our next generation of digital natives: an exciting new dance commission inspired by the dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram.
Find a quiet room, grab your headphones and get some welcomed lockdown escapism with this specially commissioned cinematic soundtrack.
Since the beginnings of European theatre and politics, people have used plague as a metaphor for thinking about what society and art could be. In this playful piece Javaad Alipoor and Natalie Diddams present their response to this idea.
The must-see Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and award-winning garden have reopened to visitors, with safeguarding measures in place.
Having taken place in Sheffield annually in June, this year Sheffield Doc/Fest extends its activities throughout the rest of the year – both in Sheffield and virtually.
Find out which radical you are, and some of the ideas they fought for, in this fun and interactive quiz from the People’s History Museum.
Join The Reader for their free sessions of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday from 1pm, and every first Thursday of the month at 7pm.
Your Progress Will Be Saved is a Pre-Factory Event from Manchester International Festival which finds avatar artist and curator LaTurbo Avedon working in Fortnite.
Politically charged with a hip-hop soundtrack, there is no doubt that this filmed performance is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2020.
Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.
MAD Walkers (Manchester and District Walkers) are a walking group for people in their 20s and 30s looking to get out of the city and back into nature.
Recorded at Leeds Playhouse on Halloween 2019, Bram Stoker’s gothic romance is brought to life in this stunning ballet.
Celebrate the spirit of adventure, learn more about the Cumbrian landscape and uncover the inspiration behind Arthur Ransome’s classic tale.
Tate Liverpool reopens this July with a new immersive installation by Mikhail Karikis imagining the possible future of our planet.
Join the Circus House virtually and realise feats of physical achievement from the comfort of your own home with their online classes.
Join Brooklyn based artist Molly Soda as she tours the virtual artwork Your Progress Will Be Saved, the first in MIF’s online Factory series.
Bluecoat prepares to present a new solo show by Frances Disley.
Inspired by ancient forms of written communication, encounter Jonathan Baldock’s towering ceramic sculptures that stand whispering among themselves in Bluecoat’s main gallery.
Join Skyliner for the anti-tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The route interrogates current developments in the city as well as visiting the area’s most notable pieces of street art.
Join the curators of Manchester Museum online as they bring frogs, experiments and ancient civilisations to a screen near you.
‘Tale As Old As Time’ is a new commission by artist Jack Tan that addresses past and present racial challenges and injustices of the Chinese community in the UK.
Every Thursday morning you’re invited to join the Poetry Walk with The Reader in Calderstones Park. Get into the great outdoors and escape the everyday, while exploring poetry and making the most of the beautiful surroundings in a safe and socially distanced way.
Brought to you by the creators of La Discothèque, Puffin Box is ‘a rave in a box’ where you can immerse yourself in a 90-minute mini clubbing experience within your own social bubble.
This major exhibition of Linda McCartney’s photography includes more than 200 iconic images, from the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul.
Creative and fun, get the family together for these activities from Oldham Coliseum and you could win four tickets to next year’s family show, The Jungle Book.
And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT provides a fascinating window into the lives of the other animals that form part of Earth’s total population.
Join Manchester-based Comma Press for their latest series of six creative writing workshops, specifically about science fiction short stories, led by Andy Hedgecock.
Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool presents you out tonight? – a public outdoor exhibition in the gallery’s atrium space, accessible all day every day.
Bury Art Museum is excited to be showing Here for Life (2019) by film-maker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson in the Moving Image Gallery.
At a time when so much of life and culture seems to have migrated online, Cooper Gallery in Barnsley presents Allegories of the Senses – an exhibition centred upon the more tangible qualities of lived experience.
Humber Street Gallery in Hull presents Solidarity & Love, an exhibition by artist Jamie Crewe that spans subjects of heartbreak, transphobia and LGBTQIA+ solidarity.
Last Place On Earth is a brand new digital experience from the Future 20 collective, commissioned by HOME.
Booking now is a new course of six short story-writing workshop series from Comma Press, held fortnightly via Zoom, and led by writer and editor CD Rose.
Manchester Art Gallery reopens with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city.
Manchester Art Gallery is open again and they present the UK edition of PROTEST! – a major retrospective dedicated to the life and work of the iconic British artist Derek Jarman.
Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending new sci-fi film is the summer spectacle hoping to get audiences back into cinemas.
After waking up convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, Amy’s (Kate Lyn Sheil) belief begins to spread to those around her.
Cannon Hall presents highlights from a prestigious international photography competition that celebrates the beauty and value of the humble garden.
Girl Gang presents, Gassing with the Galdem, a social space for women of colour & people of marginalised genders to speak freely without having to self moderate for a white presence.