Adrian Bradshaw’s exhibition explores China in the 1980s. From opulent fashion extravaganzas to sentimental family excursions, capturing the fleeting beauty and simplicity of everyday life.
As another lockdown comes to an end and venues and hospitality can plan with more confidence, there are plenty of things to do and places to go this February.
February is always a busy month here as we welcome the Lunar New Year and celebrate International Mother Language Day. February is also LGBT History Month, the annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. There is no better place to mark the occasion than at Contact where they’ll be having the first in-person Queer Contact in years, see our guide below for the full line-up along with a handful of other LGBT History Month events.
As ever, there are new places to visit on the Corridor with the latest being the theatre space in Grosvenor East which opens with its debut show, Mother Courage, adding to Man Met’s growing public-facing cultural spots including Manchester Poetry Library and The Holden Gallery.
There is always something good on at Z-arts for families, but their new show is worth a special mention for starring Manchester Museum’s very own Stan the T-Rex. Take your family and catch Stan: a powerful tale of friendship and dinosaurs at Z-arts before it tours the UK.
There are plenty of must-see gigs and RNCM has launched a cracking new spring season. It also seems like a particularly strong month for our galleries with a number of significant exhibitions including the Manchester Open Exhibition and Jocelyn McGregor at Castlefield Gallery.
Finally, this month we’ve highlighted several pubs and bars on the Corridor, many with real ale credentials all with history and character. We’ve all grown tired of canned beer and mixing our own drinks at home, here’s to the end of dry January and to supporting our hospitality industry… cheers!
The Whitworth presents the first major UK presentation of multiple works of US artist Suzanne Lacy, a pioneer of social practice and community organising for almost five decades.
French musician and composer Yann Tiersen performs at The Bridgewater Hall in February in support of his latest album ‘Kerber’.
Writing Realness with Rikki Beadle-Blair is a workshop designed to empower and encourage queer creatives to write a short play.
Wilko Johnson, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist and all-round national treasure returns to the live music arena at RNCM.
The Hallé present The Lark Ascending a concert at The Bridgewater Hall that offers a collection of much-loved pastoral-themed masterpieces.
An evening of queer Gothic horror at Blackwell’s Bookshop with writers Leon Craig, Alison Rumfitt and poet Rosie Garland.
One Tenth Human’s adventure for families, Curious Investigators, sees Dr Irene Wise and her team solve the problem of a lost egg and shows us how to create new ways to reuse familiar objects.
Still Parents is the first exhibition of its kind, creating a platform to share personal stories open conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss.
This month we pick out pubs and bars on the Corridor with history and character.
Peveril Of The Peak is Manchester’s most iconic pub adorned with the sorts of bottle green, yellow and brown Victorian tiles that are a reclamation yard’s dream.
An iconic pub with an impressive whiskey list running into the hundreds. A welcoming atmosphere and a sprawling beer garden.
Originally called The Temple of Convenience owing to its former life as a public toilet block, this is a tiny bar with some of the finest bathroom graffiti in town.
Take a seat by the river at The Lass O’ Gowrie and watch the world go by in this refined and ancient watering hole.
The Thirsty Scholar is a free music venue, pub and nightclub on Oxford Road serving vegan pub food including all-day breakfasts.
Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.
Ducie Arms is a traditional pub near Manchester Science Park, with top-class pub food, real ales and a cracking atmosphere.
Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.
The Old Abbey Taphouse is a pub in a community hub, and one of Hulme’s true gems. Come for the beers, stay for the arts and culture activities.
A screening of ‘Touch of Pink’ (2004, Ian Iqbal Rashid) + discussion with the director, Dr Alberto Fernandez-Carbajal & Dr Sarah Ilott
Greg Thorpe discusses the work of 3 visual artists whose work on HIV and AIDS politicise(d) the virus in ways that are inextricably linked.
To mark his 80th birthday, this panel discussion on Derek Jarman coincides with the major exhibition of his work at Manchester Art Gallery.
Pioneering research by US Historian Charles Upchurch asks when did the popular ‘GAY’ LGBT+/Human Rights Campaign really start?
Contact has teamed up with one of Manchester’s most-loved street food venues, GRUB to bring Oxford Road an exciting new food and beverage offering.
Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.
After a short break, Stevenson Square stalwarts Slice Pizzeria re-emerged at Oxford Road Station and it’s great news for the Corridor.
Takk at University Green is an Icelandic inspired, independent coffee shop that offers tasty, artisan, single-source coffee and delicious brunch, snack and vegetarian options.
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.
An elegant and dignified Italian restaurant that has held a reputation as one of the big names in Manchester for many years.
WOOD Manchester offers one of the city’s best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood.
Seoul Kimchi is an intimate restaurant on Upper Brook Street that serves Manchester’s most acclaimed Korean cuisine.
The Font Manchester is a cracking bar found just off Oxford Road on New Wakefield St where it’s been for over 20 years.
Enjoy the smoky aroma of authentic charcoal grills at this superior Italian restaurant.
Bunny Jackson’s is a late-night music venue, dive bar and American diner on First Street. Expect cocktails, cold beer and chicken wings.
You can stop by on your lunch for a quick takeaway sandwich or burrito to take back to your desk or enjoy across the road in All Saints Park, or you stay longer and pick from a menu of mains in their downstairs cafe.
A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.
This beautifully restored Grade II listed villa was once home to Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the UK’s most important Victorian writers.
Discover the story of the suffragettes and learn about women’s activism, past and present, at the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family.
Victoria Baths is located just outside of the Oxford Road Corridor, but it’s an iconic treasure that’s well worth a visit.
Manchester’s multi-purpose hub of creativity and discovery, bringing together film, theatre, art, and some of the city’s best social spaces.
Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.
All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.
This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.
Circle Square is home to Symphony Park, a beautifully landscaped green space designed for socialising, entertaining, relaxing and exploring.
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.
Hyatt Regency Manchester is an elegant, modern hotel set in the heart of Oxford Road Corridor.
The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.
The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.
Hotel ibis on Princess Street offers 126 value for money rooms in a central Manchester location near Oxford Road.