Anderson. Paak will be at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester this spring

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. 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.

  • 2. A Different Way Home at Oldham Coliseum

    A Different Way Home at Oldham Coliseum
    Oldham Coliseum Theatre

    A Different Way Home at Oldham Coliseum, Manchester, 31 January–9 February 2019, from £17.00 - Book now

    Starring Kenneth Alan Taylor, A Different Way Home tells a powerful story of prejudice, loss and love from two wildly different perspectives.

  • 3. Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal Exchange

    Mother Courage and her Children at the Royal Exchange
    The Royal Exchange

    Mother Courage and her Children at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 8 February–2 March 2019, from £10.00 - Book now

    A sharp new adaptation of Brecht’s classic – Mother Courage and her Children – written by Anna Jordan and headed up by Julie Hesmondhalgh in the title role.

  • 4. The Hallé – The Damnation of Faust at The Bridgewater Hall

    The Hallé

    The Hallé - The Damnation of Faust at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre, 10 February 2019, from £14 - Book now

    Part opera, part oratorio, Berlioz’ The Damnation of Faust is an epic retelling of the Faust story. Celebrated for its orchestral brilliance, this tempestuous work will be performed by the Hallé for the first time in seventy years.

  • 5. Nils Frahm at Albert Hall

    Alexander Schneider

    Nils Frahm at Albert Hall, City Centre, 19 February 2019, from £33 - Book now

    Following the success of his 2018 album All Melody, German pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm returns to Albert Hall on the 17 February.

  • 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. ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival at HOME

    ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2018

    at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 22 March–13 April 2019, from £5.50 - Book now

    HOME’s ¡Viva! is a long standing highlight of Manchester‘s cultural calendar. The cross discipline festival ties together cinema, theatre and visual arts for a celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture that exemplifies the benefits of HOME‘s unified programming approach.

  • 8. Max Porter at the Martin Harris Centre

    Author Max Porter.
    Author Max Porter. Photo by Lucy Dickens.

    An Evening with Max Porter at Martin Harris Centre for Music & Drama, Manchester, 11 March 2019, from £5 - Book now

    A rising star of British literature, Max Porter’s multi-award-winning debut Grief Is The Thing With Feathers has been adapted into a play starring Cillian Murphy. He launches his second novel, Lanny, at the Centre for New Writing as part of the year-round Manchester Literature Festival programme.

  • 9. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
    Poster designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1896 @CSG CIC Glasgow Museums

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery, City Centre, 15 March–26 August 2019, from £2 - Book now

    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.

  • 10. Anderson .Paak at Victoria Warehouse

    Anderson. Paak

    Anderson .Paak at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, 16 March 2019, from £37.95 - Book now

    In support of his new album Oxnard, Anderson. Paak is heading out on a world tour. He’ll be stopping by Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse on the 16 March.

  • 11. Barber Shop Chronicles at the Royal Exchange

    Barber Shop Chronicles at the Royal Exchange (Contact in the City Part 3)
    Dean Chalkley

    Barber Shop Chronicles at Royal Exchange Theatre, City Centre, 7–23 March 2019, from £18.50 - Book now

    Following two sold-out runs at the National Theatre, acclaimed performances in Leeds, Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles comes to Manchester this Spring.

  • 12. Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation with The Weaving Factory, 2004–2013, the artist’s voice performance sound, 5.1 channel, 9:14, loop. Photo Jaeho Chong.

    Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 30 March–29 September 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    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.

  • 13. Matt Haig at HOME

    Author Matt Haig.

    Matt Haig: Notes on a Nervous Planet at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 15 April 2019, from £15.5 - Book now

    Best-selling author Matt Haig is back in town to follow up his memoir Reasons To Stay Alive with some tried-and-tested answers and advice in his latest, Notes On A Nervous Planet.

  • 14. Zara at The Piece Hall

    Walk The Plank

    Zara at The Piece Hall, 19–20 April 2019, from £8 - Book now

    A mother against the world and a giant outdoor theatre event for the whole family from Walk The Plank and Mind The Gap.

  • 15. Altrincham Word Fest at various venues

    Poet Tom Jenks. Photo by Gwen Riley Jones
    Poet Tom Jenks. Photo by Gwen Riley Jones.

    Altrincham Word Fest at altspace, Altrincham, 11–26 May 2019, from £5.00 - Book now

    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.

  • 16. 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 - Find Out More

    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.

  • 17. 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 - Find Out More

    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.

  • 18. MIF19 – Manchester International Festival

    manchester international festival
    Matthew Placek | © Yoko Ono

    Manchester International Festival 2019 at Albert Square, City Centre, 4–21 July 2019, 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.

  • 19. Bluedot 2019 at Jodrell Bank

    Lovell telescope in cloudy sky

    bluedot festival 2018 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 19–21 July 2019, from £59.75 - Book now

    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.

  • 20. Just So Festival 2019

    Pillow Fight at Just So Fesival courtesy of Chris Payne

    Just So Festival at Rode Hall, Cheshire, 16–18 August 2019, from £20 - Book now

    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.

  • 21. Grimmfest at Odeon Great Northern

    Darling – Image courtesy of Grimmfest

    Grimmfest 2016 at Odeon Great Northern, City Centre, 3–6 October 2019, from £20.00 - Book now

    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.

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