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Cultural Calendar 2019

Creative Tourist

Our editors’ annual list of some of the best-looking arts and cultural events in the Manchester and the North in 2019. This is what we have have penciled in our diaries so far, check back for updates throughout the year and keep up-to-date with what’s happening with our specialist Exhibitions, Theatre, Literature, Music and Family guides.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

    Keith Haring, Untitled (1983), woodcut. Collection of the Keith Haring Foundation. Courtesy of Tate Liverpool

    Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, 14 June–10 November 2019, from £12.5 - Book now

    Featuring more than 70 artworks, Tate Liverpool presents the first major UK exhibition of work by the legendary New York artist and activist Keith Haring.

  • 2. Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

    Light Falls at the Royal Exchange
    Image courtesy of the Royal Exchange

    Light Falls at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00 - Book now

    Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom will say goodbye to the Royal Exchange with this extraordinary new play by Simon Stephens.

  • 3. GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi at RNCM

    Gogo Penguin

    GoGo Penguin: Koyaanisqatsi at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 27 October 2019, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £19.50 - Book now

    GoGo Penguin present a live performance of their original score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi, alongside a full screening at RNCM.

  • 4. Digital Dimensions at Eureka!

    Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars
    Credit: Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

    Digital Dimensions at Eureka!, 25 May–5 November 2019, from £5.95 - Book now

    Children take centre stage at Eureka! as they step in to a world of immersive, cutting edge technology in this interactive exhibition.

  • 5. Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour

    Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme 2019

    , 18 January 2019–3 May 2020, free entry

    Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.

  • 6. A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts

    A World Inside A Book courtesy Suzi Corker
    Ludovic Des Cogents

    A World Inside a Book: Gruffalo, Dragons and Other Creatures at Z-arts, Manchester, 12 February–26 October 2019, from £6 - Book now

    The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.

  • 7. Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs at the Whitworth

    Li Yuan Chia: His Late Photographs at Whitworth Art Gallery
    Image: Li Yuan Chia, Untitled, c1993. Courtesy the estate of Li Yuan Chia.

    Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs at The Whitworth, Manchester, 18 May–15 December 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Li Yuan Chia’s art encompasses sculpture, painting and poetry but the focus of this exhibition is photography. A group of Li’s lyrical hand coloured photographs of himself, his sculpture and garden at Banks is shown alongside the artist’s own collection of film cameras as part of Li Yuan Chia: His Late Photographs at Whitworth Art Gallery.

  • 8. Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool

    Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool
    Sol Calero, Interiores 2017 Installation view, Dortmunder Kunstverein. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Simon Vogel

    Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, 14 June–10 November 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Tate Liverpool presents a new commission by Berlin-based artist Sol Calero, whose work takes the form of brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations. Her playful compositions transform the gallery into spaces of social interaction and exchange.

  • 9. Manchester International Festival

    MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
    Photo: Josh Telles

    Manchester International Festival 2019 at Albert Square, City Centre, 1–18 July 2021, from £12.00 - Book now

    So far Manchester International Festival have announced that Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Skepta are among the artists set to feature in the 2019 programme. We’ll let you know as and when more of the line-up is revealed.

  • 10. The Winter Droving in Penrith

    Winter Droving Penrith
    Eden Arts

    The Winter Droving at Penrith Old Fire Station, Cumbria, 26 October 2019, 12:00 pm–11:30 pm, free entry - Find Out More

    An incredible wonderland of outdoor arts, masquerade and pint carrying competitions in Penrith.

  • 11. Out of Order at HOME

    Out of Order at HOME
    Image courtesy of Hugo Glendinning

    Out of Order at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 13–15 November 2019, from £10.00 - Book now

    Earlier this month Forced Entertainment announced that they would be taking their new work on a UK Tour later this year. Luckily for us, Out of Order stops off at HOME this autumn.

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Graphic Encounters at Shudehill Metrolink Station
Visual Arts 10 September–15 October 2019, FREE

Graphic Encounters at Manchester Metrolink Stations

Activity 11–16 October 2019, FREE

Cine-club: A Voix Haute

Jazz at the Deli llama
Music 16 May–17 October 2019, FREE

Jazz at the Deli llama

Exhibitions 26 September–19 October 2019, FREE

Reckoning with Refugeedom at PS Mirabel

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre
Theatre 19 September–19 October 2019, from £14.00

Beryl at Bolton Library Theatre

The Last King of Scotland at Sheffield Crucible
Theatre 27 September–19 October 2019, from £15.00

The Last King of Scotland at Sheffield Crucible

RSC: The Taming of the Shrew at The Lowry
Theatre 10 September–19 October 2019,

Manchester’s season of Shakespeare

Hedda Tesman at The Lowry.
Theatre 4–19 October 2019, from £24.50

Hedda Tesman at The Lowry