A new year means a new Cultural Calendar. Here you’ll find our editors’ handpicked selection of the most unmissable arts and cultural events happening in Manchester and the North in 2022. It’s only the beginning of the year, and there will be plenty more events and openings added to this calendar as they’re announced. But as you’ll see below, there’s already a huge selection of amazing cultural experiences to pop in your diaries.
This list is intended to be inclusive. From family picks to literary highlights via acclaimed international musicians and outstanding exhibitions, there’s something for everyone.
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Here’s to unforgettable cultural adventures in 2022.
Here are our picks
International Mother Language Day, online, 19–21 February 2022, free entry - Find Out More
Manchester was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017, recognising not only the city’s rich literary past but also its thriving literary present. Manchester’s celebration of International Mother Language Day will involve a suitably jam-packed and eclectic programme of events.
Food Sorcery Manchester, Deansgate Square, Manchester, M15 4UA - Visit now
East Didsbury-based cooking school Food Sorcery is set to open a new venue in the city centre this spring, with classes covering a vast range of cuisines and taught by some of the most charming and knowledgable educators this side of Dead Poets Society.
Offering 21,000 welly-clad revellers a unique collision of entertainment and information, Bluedot is one of our favourite events of the year. Closing 2022’s festival is Björk, one of the world’s most influential and ground-breaking musicians.
The Modern History of the Northern Quarter, Until 31 December 2022, from £9 - Book now
One of Manchester’s leading local place writers and tour guides is once again setting forth into the cultural nooks and crooks of the Northern Quarter, with two anniversaries to celebrate in 2022: 10 years of Skyliner tours and 30 years since artist Liam Curtain was commissioned as the Northern Quarter’s artist in residence.
Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2022, 16–27 September 2022 - Book now
2022 should see a full return of the much-loved Manchester Food and Drink Festival, whose Cathedral Gardens hub hosts a plethora of events which showcase Manchester’s diverse, resilient and brilliant hospitality industry.
Luciano, London Rd, Alderley Edge, SK9 7QD - Visit now
The irrepressible Gino D’Acampo is about to launch a new Italian restaurant in North, and Alderley Edge is its new home. Based on London Road, Luciano (named after his eldest child) takes over the old Piccolini venue in the heart of this affluent village.