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
, 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.
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.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool will span the lifetime of Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his contemporaries, exploring the movement that became known as The Glasgow Style.
Kimsooja transforms Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic chapel with To Breathe, an enthralling installation using light and mirrors and the latest in a series of projects exploring meditative qualities of space.
A twist on the usual literature festival, Altrincham Word Fest is back for a second year in May, with some inspiration to kindle your own creativity via workshops and events from some of the North West’s most talented writers.
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.
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.
A previous winner of both the BBC Young Musician and BBC Young Composer of the Year awards, Mark Simpson is both the soloist and composer of this world premiere – his Clarinet Concerto. Either side, leading British soprano Elizabeth Watts joins the BBC Philharmonic for three Mozart arias and Mahler’s majestic Fourth Symphony.
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.
Entering its fourth year in 2019, bluedot celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings with a special weekend of music, science, arts, technology, culture, food and film beneath the iconic Lovell Telescope.
The best family festival in the UK? We think so. Adventure together into a wonderland of the best outdoor theatre, music, comedy, literature and other curious creative escapades. With midnight feasts, pillow fights and the bonkers Tribal Tournament be sure to snap up a ticket fast.
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.