As we become used to doing things a bit differently, we’ve been pleased to discover that there are plenty of new experiences to try at home. Whether you’re interested in arts, exhibitions, drag or opera there’s something for you in this month’s tours and activities guide (plus lots more).
Manchester Jewish Museum will be taking a lighter, campier, funnier look at their archive, with Chanukah Lewinsky’s Big Quiz Night. A raucous evening of special guests and questionable rounds that’ll have you remembering why zoom quizzes became a staple of popular culture. Another highlight from Manchester’s Museum scene is the virtual tour from the People’s History Museum. This online museum experience lets you hear directly from the curators and experts themselves, making for a more indepth visit than you might have in person.
Although it may be a bit early for Christmas we’re very excited about Opera North’s Couch to Chorus festive edition. This series of online workshops lets you sing classic seasonal hits side by side with the chorus of Opera North. For the more artistically inclined, ArtMCR have redesigned their workshops. Join them for alcohol ink based bauble brilliance, with kits posted to you at home and an online workshop where you’ll be guided through step by step.
Or for those who are finding it hard to relax, you’ll be glad to hear that the Manchester Buddhist Centre have moved their daily meditation classes online.
Scroll down to find out more, alongside some other tops picks of tours and activities, and stay well folks.
Here are our picks
Explore the history of Manchester’s Chinese community with a soundwalk from CFCCA’s current resident artist, Hayley Suviste.
Join the World of Music Choir to learn a mixture of traditional and modern tunes. With no previous experience necessary and an ethos of no judgement, it’s the most friendly introduction to group singing you could wish for.
Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.
Very different from what we’re seeing elsewhere during the lockdown, Homelands is for anyone who needs a creative outlet and a sense of connection during this time.
Part of Homemakers, this ongoing project offers the space to imagine how we would like our world to change once we emerge from lockdown.
Join The Reader for their free sessions of lockdown-inspired literature every Tuesday from 1pm, and every first Thursday of the month at 7pm – it’s free and anyone can join in.
Try a new immersive relaxation technique at Zero Gravity with their state of the art i-sopods and floatation therapy.
Join Sew Creative for sewing workshops where you decide what garments are created and, with the help of expert sewers, bring those clothes to life.
Mothers Who Make is a support group for any kind of maker and any kind of mother. The groups meets to talk, share and emphasise with the challenges faced by creatives in mother (or grandmother) – hood.
When looking for a print this Christmas, whether it’s for your loved ones or a present to yourself, be sure to check out Woolwich’s hand picked collection.