The Cultural Calendar returns for 2020, our editors’ annual list of some of the best-looking arts and cultural events in Manchester and the North in 2020. It’s only the beginning of a new year – a new decade in fact – and there will be plenty more added to this list as they’re announced. This list is intended to be inclusive with something for everyone; from family picks to literary highlights via acclaimed international musicians, a musical take on a Hollywood classic (that we’re actually genuinely excited about!) to outstanding exhibitions and festivals.
This is what we have penciled in our diaries so far, come back to the Cultural Calendar for updates throughout the year. You can keep up-to-date with what’s happening across Manchester and the North with our specialist Cinema, Exhibitions, Theatre, Literature, Music and Family guides. Want more? Follow us on all the usual socials and subscribe to our mailing list to get this kind of thing every Friday lunchtime.
Have fantastic cultural adventures in 2020.
Here are our picks
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.
Online activities at Elizabeth Gaskell's House, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House has to be on the must-see list of every discerning literary tourist exploring the UNESCO City of Literature. And Mrs Gaskell would be proud – a regular book-buying opportunity literally on her doorstep. Peruse the secondhand tomes then perambulate around the rather pleasant RHS award-winning gardens and soak up the atmosphere of the North & South author’s Plymouth Grove villa. Check out the Ruskin exhibition too – on until July 2020. Taking place monthly, the next book sale is 12 January, then 9 February, and so on.
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.
A longstanding fixture in Manchester’s cinema calendar, Grimmfest has made its name providing film fans with the latest and greatest in cult, horror and fantasy cinema. Check back for full programme details, but expect a line-up chock full of special guests and premieres.
The Carcanet 50th anniversary celebrations continue with a special exhibition opening up the archive of the Manchester-based independent poetry publishing house, sharing some unique, previously unseen material usually behind the scenes at the magnificent John Rylands Library on Deansgate but taking centre stage for the next six months.
The Edinburgh Castle Pub, Henry St &, Blossom St,, Manchester, M4 5AW - Visit now
All set to be the go-to pub in Ancoats – an area that badly needs a classic old-style tavern. The Edinburgh Castle pub has been one of Ancoats most notable public houses, dating back to 1811 – this reopening has been a long time coming.