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Things to do in September

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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.

If you’re looking further ahead, read our guides to music, cinema, visual art, literature and family events as well as our pick of the best places to eat and drink.

The September Longlist

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eat the archive
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum

Eat the Archive is a new project from Manchester Jewish Museum, combining cultural history through talking, making and eating.

Images of protest: Black Lives Matter at People's History Museum
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Images of protest: Black Lives Matter at People’s History Museum

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 at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds

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.

Cinema Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Above The Line – September at YES

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
Exhibitions Until 23 October 2020, FREE

The Time We Call Our Own at Open Eye Gallery

The Time We Call Our Own at Open Eye Gallery foregrounds nightlife and the visual culture surrounding it as a rich site for exploration.

Gold Maria Akanbi at OUTPUT in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 27 September 2020, FREE

Gold Maria Akanbi at OUTPUT in Liverpool

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 Reopening Programme
Cinema Until 30 September 2020, from £5.5

HOME Reopening Film Programme

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.

User Not Found: A Video Podcast with HOME
Theatre Until 10 March 2021,

User Not Found: A Video Podcast with HOME

Exploring digital legacy and online identity, acclaimed theatre-makers Dante or Die are back with a video podcast version of their hugely successful show.

Image of a person enjoying shopping at A Good Market at Sadlers Yard
Activity Until 18 December 2020, FREE

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard

A Good Market at Sadlers Yard features seasonal food, sustainable products, free workshops, engaging talks, live music and great local beers.

Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Drawings by artists such as Carpaccio, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck make up this major exhibition dedicated to ‘lines of beauty’.

Ruofan Chen: Property of Neutral at PAPER Gallery
Exhibitions Until 24 October 2020, FREE

Ruofan Chen: Property of Neutral at PAPER Gallery

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.

Foday Kabba: Where Do We Go From Here? at PAPER Gallery
Exhibitions Until 24 October 2020, FREE

Foday Kabba: Where Do We Go From Here? at PAPER Gallery

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.

Homebound Bounties at Studio Eleven Gallery in Hull
Exhibitions Until 25 October 2020, FREE

Homebound Bounties at Studio Eleven Gallery in Hull

Studio Eleven Gallery in Hull presents ‘Hombeound Bounties’ an exhibition of ceramics by Irena Sibrijns and illustrations by Gillian Martin.

Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 9 May 2021, from £11

Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool

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
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery

Soft Bodies at Castlefield Gallery will reference the body in relation to technology, politics, gender, race and sexuality.

Cinema Until 11 October 2020, from £7.5

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2020

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.

Cinema Until 18 October 2020, from £7

Sheffield Showroom Cinema Reopening

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.

soundwalk
Activity Until 20 December 2020, FREE

A Meeting Place | 会议地点 : A soundwalk in Chinatown

Explore the history of Manchester’s Chinese community with a soundwalk from CFCCA’s current resident artist, Hayley Suviste.

Huma Bhabha: Against Time at Baltic, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 21 February 2021, FREE

Huma Bhabha: Against Time at BALTIC, Gateshead

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 in Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 21 February 2021, FREE

The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue at BALTIC in Gateshead

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.

MFDF 2020
Festivals Until 5 October 2020,

Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2020

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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Octagon Theatre
Theatre Until 27 September 2020, from £20.00

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Octagon Theatre

Specially adapted for an online audience, the Octagon continues to reach audiences digitally with this live-streamed Shakespearean comedy.

Cinema Until 1 October 2020, from £5.50

Monsoon at HOME

Henry Golding is mightily impressive in Monsoon, the new film from Lilting director Hong Khaou.

Music Until 3 October 2020, FREE

Aerial presents: Hayden Thorpe (online)

Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe has been commissioned by Aerial Festival to create a collection of new songs inspired by the South Lakes.

Literature Until 3 October 2020, FREE

Aerial presents: Caught by the River (online)

Join Stuart Maconie, Helen Mort, Jack Cooper, and Roy Wilkinson for a unique collission of sounds and words.

Theatre Until 3 October 2020, FREE

Aerial presents: Lone Taxidermist (online)

Lone Taxidermist presents ‘Marra’: a deep interrogation into the dialect and ceremonies of West Cumbria, endangered voices and esoteric rituals from auctioneers to gurners.

Literature Until 3 October 2020, FREE

Aerial presents: 10 Years of Corbel Stone Press (online)

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.

Aerial Festival
Festivals Until 2 October 2020, FREE

Aerial Festival (online)

Cumbria’s Aerial Festival has commissioned musicians, writers and filmmakers to create new work, for online release this September.

Botanic at Hulme Community Garden Centre
Theatre 27 September 2020 12:00 pm, FREE

Botanic at Hulme Community Garden Centre

Take a stroll through this urban oasis and experience a series of performances inspired by the healing power of nature.

diversity dialogues
Activity 27 September 2020 1:00 pm, FREE

BlackFest Digital 2020 – Diversity Dialogues Take: 3

Dialogue with Dr Leona Vaughn: guests Ellis Eyo Thomson, Zita Holbourne on conservation of Liverpool Slave trade history and decolonisation.

Wonderland by Mohammad Barrangi – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Festivals 28 September–18 October 2020, FREE

Wonderland by Mohammad Barrangi – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

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 by Susan Kamara – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Exhibitions 28 September–18 October 2020, FREE

Beauty for Ashes by Susan Kamara – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Beauty for Ashes is a vibrant photographic exhibition of textile art pieces filled with colours representing artist Susan Kamara’s African heritage.

Journeys Festival International 2020 – Online
Exhibitions 28 September–18 October 2020, FREE

Journeys Festival International 2020 – Online

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.

Yasmine Ouirhrane in Conversation with Magid Magid – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Visual Arts 28 September–18 October 2020, FREE

Yasmine Ouirhrane in Conversation with Magid Magid – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

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 – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Exhibitions 28 September–4 October 2020, FREE

Graffiti, Art and Protest in Iran – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

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.

This is Not Now for Me by Iman Tajik – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Exhibitions 28 September–4 October 2020, FREE

This is Not Now for Me by Iman Tajik – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Journeys Festival International presents This is Not Now for Me – a series of performative photographs by Iman Tajik responding to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Locked Down. Locked In. But Living
Dance 28 September–18 October 2020, from £12.00

Locked down. Locked in. But living. with the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Northern Ballet, Studio Wayne McGregor and the Gary Clarke Company present a thrilling evening of world-class original contemporary dance to enjoy at home.

Literature 28 September 2020 8:00 pm, FREE

Virtual Verbose

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.

Curious About Creative Sanctuary in Conversation with Curious Minds – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Visual Arts 29 September 2020 4:00 pm, FREE

Curious About Creative Sanctuary in Conversation with Curious Minds – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Join Journeys Festival International for a discussion about how a whole-school approach to welcoming new arrivals can create a thriving community for everyone.

Literature 29 September 2020 7:30 pm, from £2

Poetry and Everyday Sexism with Kim Moore – SOLD OUT

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.

producers toolkit
30 September 2020 1:00 pm,

Producers Toolkit – The Art of Producing

Expand your knowledge, open yourself up to new processes and hone you skills with HOME’s series of Producers Toolkit workshops.

Erena... Our Eritrea – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020
Cinema 30 September–4 October 2020, FREE

Erena… Our Eritrea – Part of Journeys Festival International 2020

Journeys Festival International presents a short documentary following an Eritrean pirate radio station.

Still showing this month

Visual Arts Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

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.

Exhibitions Until 29 November 2020, FREE

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

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: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Local Leeds Food Tour

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.

Leeds Street Food Tour
Activity Until 19 December 2020, from £55

Leeds Street Food Tour

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.

2020 Banner Display at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

2020 Banner Display at People’s History Museum

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.

Utopias exhibition at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Utopias at the Whitworth

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.

Jerwood Makers Open at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 4 October 2020, FREE

Jerwood Makers Open at Manchester Art Gallery

The seventh edition of Jerwood Makers Open, presented at Manchester Art Gallery, demonstrates that craft and artisanship are by no means dead.

Literature Until 5 February 2025, FREE

The Little Library in Spinningfields

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.

Emii Alrai: The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds
Exhibitions Until 29 November 2020, FREE

Emii Alrai: The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds

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.

I Don’t Love You Anymore, But I Don’t Love You Any Less with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

I Don’t Love You Anymore, But I Don’t Love You Any Less with HOME

A Young Identity and Homemakers commission, this is an audio poem exploring universal uncertainty at a time of great change.

Chasing On A Dream with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Chasing On A Dream with HOME

Fusing music and spoken word, Young identity present this new work by Saf Elsenoss as part of Homemakers.

Memories of a Moss Sidian with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Memories of a Moss Sidian with HOME

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.

They keep telling me that my house is on fire with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

They keep telling me that my house is on fire with HOME

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’.

Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £75

Liverpool Beatles Walk and Ticket to Ride Tour

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.

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club
Activity Until 1 December 2020, from £20

Two hour Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club

This Beatles Guided Walk & Cavern Club is the perfect way to learn more about The Beatles while discovering the city of Liverpool.

New Digital Experiences at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2020, FREE

New Digital Experiences at People’s History Museum

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.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00

POSTPONED -The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

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.

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield

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.

The Very Error Of The Moon with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

The Very Error Of The Moon with HOME

Shot entirely on a smartphone and GoPro throughout lockdown, this perceptive short film examines the costs of being ‘othered’ in a radicalised world.

I am all the Rooms of the House with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

I am all the Rooms of the House with HOME

Exploring love, loss and reclamation, a house is vividly brought to life in this metaphorical poem by writer-performer Hester Ullyart.

Poetry Health Service with Oldham Coliseum
Literature Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Poetry Health Service with Oldham Coliseum

Offering contemporary poetry as a tool for healing and connection, PHS is a brand-new online literary cure-all.

My Darling Christopher with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

My Darling Christopher with HOME

Innovative, visual and inclusive, this short film uses unique theatrical language to shine a light on a Deaf person’s experience of war.

Absent Tense with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Absent Tense with HOME

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.

TubeSong with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

TubeSong with HOME

Presented in three chapters, TubeSong will take you on a powerful storytelling journey to a world where day and night are lit as one.

Amazon with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Amazon with HOME

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.

Cinema Until 31 March 2021, from £9.99

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Streaming on Mubi

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.

Turkey Sausage Roll with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Turkey Sausage Roll with HOME

Presented by Homemakers and the RADA Festival, Turkey Sausage Roll takes you on a journey into one young woman’s restless mind.

Animation Slam with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

Animation Slam with HOME

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.

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

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.

How To Win with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

How To Win with HOME

Take part in this new episodic online game created by multi-award-winning interactive theatre-makers Hidden Track, in collaboration with you, the player.

ACTUALQUEST with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

ACTUALQUEST with HOME

The Homemakers series of virtual theatre continues with this interactive, fantasy musical set in and around your own home.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham
Exhibitions Until 21 November 2020, FREE

Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism at Gallery Oldham and Online

Gallery Oldham presents an online exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.

Dogs Don't Wear Pants at HOME Manchester.
Cinema Until 20 March 2021, from £9.99

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

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
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank is a perfect way to keep children (and their adults) busy while learning from home.

System Crasher at HOME, Manchester - director Nora Fingscheidt's distinctive depiction of dysfunction in an under-resourced care system.
Cinema Until 2 April 2021, from £9.99

System Crasher – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

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
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Anthony Burgess on Tape

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.

Posters from the civil rights era – an online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Posters from the Irish civil rights era – Online with the Working Class Movement Library

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 – with Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

BAM Online – with Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

BAM Online brings you closer to many of the most loved works within Bury Art Museum’s collection whilst its doors are closed.

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2021, FREE

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool

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.

Strip! How Football Got Shirty
Exhibitions Until 25 December 2020, FREE

Strip! How Football Got Shirty – Online Exhibition from the National Football Museum

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.

Strip! How Football Got Shirty
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, from £5

Strip! How Football Got Shirty at National Football Museum

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.

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2021, FREE

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library

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.

online events I am falling in love with you and its making me do stupid things
Festivals Until 31 December 2020,

Homemakers

HOME have invited theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home. 

Homelands part of homemakers
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Homelands

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.

I'm falling in love with you and it's making me do stupid things - Bryony Kimmings
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

I am falling in love with you and it’s making me do stupid things

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.

ABC (Anything But Covid) with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020,

ABC (Anything But Covid) with HOME

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.

Threat to Breath with HOME
Music Until 31 December 2020,

Threat to Breath with HOME

A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Love Letters to a Liveable Future with HOME

Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.

Exhibitions Until 1 May 2021, FREE

The Gardener Digs in Another Time – Online at the Whitworth

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.

Homemakers: Tell Me
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Tell Me with HOME

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…

Philosophy Cafe Online
Activity Until 7 October 2020, FREE

Philosophy Cafe Online

The philosophy cafe at Manchester Art gallery are still going strong, conversing and debating art and societies bigger issues via the medium of zoom.

Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Stay Well – Wellbeing Audio Session with Manchester Art Gallery

To help you stay well and maintain good mental health Manchester Art Gallery is offering a weekly mindfulness session.

Homemakers: Siege – Part 1 with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Siege – Part 1 with HOME

Presented in two parts, Siege is a nitty-gritty, punch-packed series of online discussions between disabled women performance makers.

Lost Online with HOME, Z-Arts and STUN
Families Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Lost Online with HOME, Z-Arts and STUN

One for our next generation of digital natives: an exciting new dance commission inspired by the dance challenges on TikTok and Instagram.

Homemakers: Week Nine with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Homemakers: Week Nine with HOME

Find a quiet room, grab your headphones and get some welcomed lockdown escapism with this specially commissioned cinematic soundtrack.

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague with HOME
Theatre Until 31 December 2020, FREE

A Series of Metaphors About A Plague with HOME

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.

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Activities at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

The must-see Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and award-winning garden have reopened to visitors, with safeguarding measures in place.

Sheffield Doc/Fest
Cinema Until 30 November 2020, FREE

Sheffield Doc/Fest

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.

People's History Museum's Radicals Quiz
Families Until 30 September 2020, FREE

People’s History Museum’s Radicals Quiz

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.

shared reading live stream
Activity Until 27 October 2020, FREE

Shared Reading Live

Join The Reader for their free sessions of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday from 1pm, and every first Thursday of the month at 7pm.

show and tell
Activity Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Virtual Factory: Your Progress Will Be Saved

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.

Hamilton - Streaming on Disney Plus
Theatre Until 15 October 2021, from £5.99

Hamilton – Streaming on Disney Plus

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: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum
Exhibitions Until 10 January 2021, from £5

Use Hearing Protection: The Early Years of Factory Records at the Science and Industry Museum – Postponed

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
Activity Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership

Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

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.

Dracula by Northern Ballet
Dance Until 31 December 2020,

Dracula by Northern Ballet

Recorded at Leeds Playhouse on Halloween 2019, Bram Stoker’s gothic romance is brought to life in this stunning ballet.

Swallows and Amazons For Ever! at Windermere Jetty Museum
Exhibitions Until 18 April 2021,

Swallows and Amazons For Ever! at Windermere Jetty Museum

Celebrate the spirit of adventure, learn more about the Cumbrian landscape and uncover the inspiration behind Arthur Ransome’s classic tale.

Mikhail Karikis: Ferocious Love at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 22 November 2020, FREE

Mikhail Karikis: Ferocious Love at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool reopens this July with a new immersive installation by Mikhail Karikis imagining the possible future of our planet.

Activity Until 30 September 2020, from £20

Circus House: Circus Online

Join the Circus House virtually and realise feats of physical achievement from the comfort of your own home with their online classes.

Molly Soda
Until 28 October 2020, FREE

Molly Soda tour: Your Progress Will be Saved

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.

Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer' at Bluecoat
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Frances Disley: Pattern Buffer at Bluecoat

Bluecoat prepares to present a new solo show by Frances Disley.

Jonathan Baldock Facecrime
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime at Bluecoat in Liverpool

Inspired by ancient forms of written communication, encounter Jonathan Baldock’s towering ceramic sculptures that stand whispering among themselves in Bluecoat’s main gallery.

skyliner
Activity Until 27 September 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

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.

Manchester Museum Online
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Museum Online

Join the curators of Manchester Museum online as they bring frogs, experiments and ancient civilisations to a screen near you.

Jack Tan: Tale As Old As Time – Online with CFCCA
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Jack Tan: Tale As Old As Time – Online with CFCCA

‘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.

Literature Until 29 October 2020,

Poetry Walk at The Reader in Liverpool

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.

Puffin Box
Music Until 27 September 2020, from £110

Puffin Box at Hilton House

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.

Linda McCartney Retrospective at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020,

Linda McCartney Retrospective at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

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.

Coliseum Creates with Oldham Coliseum
Families Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Coliseum Creates with Oldham Coliseum

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, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 13 December 2020, FREE

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT, Liverpool

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.

Literature Until 21 October 2020, from £72

Comma Press Online Science-Fiction Short Story Course

Join Manchester-based Comma Press for their latest series of six creative writing workshops, specifically about science fiction short stories, led by Andy Hedgecock.

you out tonight? at Open Eye Gallery
Exhibitions Until 23 October 2020, FREE

you out tonight? at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool presents you out tonight? – a public outdoor exhibition in the gallery’s atrium space, accessible all day every day.

Here For Life at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre
Exhibitions Until 14 November 2020, FREE

Here For Life at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

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.

Allegories of the Senses at The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley
Exhibitions Until 21 November 2020, FREE

Allegories of the Senses at The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley

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.

Jamie Crewe: Solidarity & Love at Humber Street Gallery in Hull
Exhibitions Until 13 December 2020, FREE

Jamie Crewe: Solidarity & Love at Humber Street Gallery in Hull

Humber Street Gallery in Hull presents Solidarity & Love, an exhibition by artist Jamie Crewe that spans subjects of heartbreak, transphobia and LGBTQIA+ solidarity.

Future 20: Last Place On Earth – Online
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020,

Future 20: Last Place On Earth – Online

Last Place On Earth is a brand new digital experience from the Future 20 collective, commissioned by HOME.

Literature Until 28 October 2020, from £75

Comma Press Online Short Story Course with CD Rose – SOLD OUT

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.

What is Manchester Art Gallery?
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2023, FREE

What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery

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.

Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 1 December 2020, FREE

POSTPONED: Derek Jarman: PROTEST! at Manchester Art Gallery

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.

Cinema Until 8 October 2020, from £4.99

Tenet

Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending new sci-fi film is the summer spectacle hoping to get audiences back into cinemas.

Cinema Until 31 October 2020, from £9.99

She Dies Tomorrow – Streaming on Curzon Home Cinema

After waking up convinced that she is going to die tomorrow, Amy’s (Kate Lyn Sheil) belief begins to spread to those around her.

International Garden Photographer of the Year at Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens
Exhibitions Until 22 October 2020, FREE

International Garden Photographer of the Year at Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens

Cannon Hall presents highlights from a prestigious international photography competition that celebrates the beauty and value of the humble garden.

gassing with the galdem
Activity Until 28 September 2020, FREE

Girl Gang: Gassing with the Galdem

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.

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skyliner
Activity Until 27 September 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Puffin Box
Music Until 27 September 2020, from £110

Puffin Box at Hilton House

gassing with the galdem
Activity Until 28 September 2020, FREE

Girl Gang: Gassing with the Galdem

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

HOME Reopening Programme
Cinema Until 30 September 2020, from £5.5

HOME Reopening Film Programme

Visual Arts Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

eat the archive
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum

MAD walkers
Activity Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership

Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

Activity Until 30 September 2020, from £20

Circus House: Circus Online

Cinema Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Above The Line – September at YES

Manchester Museum Online
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Museum Online