This month we are celebrating the diverse range of languages spoken by Mancunians, and the people who come to visit Manchester, with the best multilingual tours and activities the city has to offer.
It is a very northern trait to be welcoming towards strangers and engaging with the people and communities around you. It’s from this attribute of wanting to share and learn about other cultures that Manchester has become home to institutes such as the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art. The small gallery, based in the Northern Quarter, exhibits some of the best socially focused artists who have links with China and Chinese culture. As well as CFCCA, Alliance Française is a French cultural institute based in the heart of the city with a substantial library and lots of free events.
Manchester’s integral establishments are also broadening their use of multiple languages. From Manchester Museum’s tours in Mandarin, Spanish and Italian to Central Library’s Spanish Story Time. Different languages and cultures are being embraced throughout the city.
Here are our picks
Expand your understanding of the exhibits at the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art. Or, if you are a newcomer to art, enjoy a more personal and accessible walk through the gallery with one of the centre’s curators.
Book-club - D'après une histoire vraie by Delphine de Vigan, 14 January 2019, free entry - Find Out More
Meet like minded French literature enthusiasts at Alliance Française’s monthly book club. They will be delving into this modern classic by Delphine de Vigan for an informal discussion in French and English.
Lose yourself in the variety and quality of independent places to eat in the Northern Quarter. You may discover a new favourite hidden gem or just learn something fascinating and unexpected about an area you’re already familiar with.
Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks, 13 October 2018–13 May 2019, from £15 - Book now
If you enjoy a ghoulish tale and a good laugh, Flecky Bennett provides both in his array of Ghost Walks around the city. Part walking tour, part theatre, part paranormal investigation, Flecky exposes the ghosts and demonic presences in the streets we walk down every day.
Whistle Punks Axe Throwing, Unit 20, Atrium level, Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, , Manchester , Lancashire, M3 4EN - Visit now
This Autumn learn how to throw axes at large planks of wood with wild abandon. Whistle Punks have been bringing axe throwing to Manchester’s urban sprawl since February 2017. It’s the perfect way to let off some steam and indulge in some catharsis this Halloween.
Manchester Art Gallery is part of the city’s framework from its architecture to the contents of its galleries. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know some of the pieces in a bit more detail.
Revolutionary ideas are often shared best on an evening, in keeping with this spirit the People’s History Museum has launched their new Radical Lates series.
Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.
Taking place at Band on the Wall over four Saturdays, the Guide to the World of Music taster sessions will help young people learn how to sing, play and discover new music.
Join the People’s History Museum for a festive screening of It’s A Wonderful Life, an iconic story of Christmas cheer and solidarity. Cinema snacks and treats available to buy from The Left Bank cafe bar on the night, including popcorn.
Join Audrey Arden-Jones in the People’s History Museum’s Radical Lates series where she’ll be performing poetry by female authors involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage.
Katrina Wilde curates an evening of life drawing, cosy nibbles and artistic expression for those who want to get into the Christmas spirit with a chalk in hand.
Discover incredible stories from 1918 to 2018, from the militant suffragettes and law-abiding suffragists, to activists groups such as Repeal the 8th, Safety4Sisters and The Proud Trust. See the Manchester suffragette banner, find out what happened when Sisters Uncut stormed Holloway Prison, and discover which activist got arrested aged 89!
Join Girl Gang Manchester for a craft filled evening while you help them build their…
Feeling a bit lonely or just fancy meeting some new people? Join Girl Gang Manchester’s friendship revolution. Speed mate-ing is so silly and inclusive that you’ll step outside of your usual comfort zone without even realising.