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music RNCM Original Voices Festival
Royal Northern College of Music | 23 – 24 March 2023

RNCM Original Voices Festival celebrates new perspectives on music by reimagining how to perform and present works from the past.

theatre Snow Mouse
Z-arts | 16 – 31 December 2022

Join Z-arts this Christmas for Snow Mouse, an enchanting winter’s tale for children ages 0-4.

performance toooB
Z-arts | 5 March 2023

toooB is an enchanting wordless performance for 6-24 month-olds and their grown-ups.

theatre Queer Contact
Contact | 4 – 18 February 2023

Contact celebrates queer culture with an extraordinary line-up of LGBTQ+ talent heading our way for Queer Contact 2023

music RNCM Opera: Mansfield Park
Royal Northern College of Music | 26 March – 1 April 2023

RNCM’s opera students take on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with musical styles ranging from Philip Glass to Stephen Sondheim with hints of Benjamin Britten along the way.

families Christmas Family Day: The Gruffalo
Royal Northern College of Music | 18 December 2022

An day of festive family fun and musical treats, including a screening plus live orchestra of the magical film The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

families Afrocats x Whitworth
The Whitworth | 25 – 27 October 2022

This October half term, African and Caribbean songs will fill the galleries as well as cultural arts and crafts workshops taking place in the Whitworth’s School of Creativity.

families Halloween at the Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
Elizabeth Gaskell's House | 23 – 30 October 2022

Bring your little monsters for some creepy craft this Autumn and celebrate Halloween at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

literature Nick Hornby: Dickens & Prince
Manchester Central Library | 17 October 2022

With wit, curiosity and deep admiration Nick Hornby traces the extraordinary lives of two artists who have shaped and inspired him.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

literature Nihal Arthanayake: Let’s Talk
Manchester Central Library | 13 October 2022

Award-winning BBC broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake brings a defibrillator to our ailing ability to connect through conversation.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

literature Jan Carson & Louise Kennedy
Manchester Central Library | 9 October 2022

Manchester Literature Festival is joined by two award-winning stars of Irish writing, Jan Carson & Louise Kennedy.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

literature Kit de Waal
Manchester Central Library | 9 October 2022

Kit de Waal discusses ‘Without Warning and Only Sometimes’ a memoir of a childhood of opposites and extremes.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

literature Paterson Joseph in Conversation
Manchester Central Library | 9 October 2022

In his captivating debut novel, ‘The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho’, actor Paterson Joseph tells a story hidden for 300 years.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

literature Damon Galgut in conversation
Manchester Central Library | 10 October 2022

Winner of the 2021 Booker Prize, Damon Galgut discusses his masterpiece ‘The Promise’, a gripping, beautifully written family saga.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival

literature Monica Ali
Manchester Central Library | 11 October 2022

The bestselling and much-loved author of ‘Brick Lane’, Monica Ali visits MLF to celebrate her brilliant new novel ‘Love Marriage’, her first book in a decade.

Part of Manchester Literature Festival