Things to do this July

Summer theatre, gigs, the return of Contact Young Company and The South Asian Heritage Festival. Loads to do this July in and around Oxford Road.

It’s going to be a busy July on Oxford Road with graduations taking place that will see thousands of students seeking out the Corridor’s most Instagrammable spots. If you are here for graduation, then good news, there are plenty of things to do this July.

South Asian Heritage Month begins on 18th July, the date that the Indian Independence Act 1947 gained royal assent from King George VI, and ends on 17th August. There can be few better places to celebrate than at Manchester Museum, only this year, they’ve moved their South Asian Heritage Month Festival to the Whitworth while the £15 million building transformation is completed at the museum. 

Despite it being festival season there are still lots of gigs happening in the city this month. Following the release of their collaboration LP Henki, Richard Dawson joins forces with Finnish band Circle to bring the record to the live stage Gorilla. A fixture of the New York City Hip Hop scene, Wiki comes to Yes off the back of a recent collaboration with Emma-Jean Thackray.

Elsewhere there is a fascinating programme of summer theatre at HOME and we’re looking forward to Contact Young Company’s new project, a collaboration with Gobsquad to create an outdoor, immersive experience. Both HOME and Contact have announced their autumn seasons and we’d recommend booking your tickets now.

We’re hoping for a July as sunny as June (mostly) was so get out there and enjoy the green space and plentiful beer gardens of Oxford Road.

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More things to do in July

cinema Paris, Texas
HOME | 14 June 2008 – 2 August 2022

Both a road movie and a mystery, and featuring a sublime score by Ry Cooder, Wim Wenders’ Cannes winner is the pinnacle of the filmmaker’s career and the summation of his fascination with the American West. 

exhibition At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | 29 August 2021 – 31 August 2025

The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.

exhibition Still Parents Life after Baby Loss
The Whitworth | 24 September 2021 – 4 September 2022

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.

exhibition Open House
The Whitworth | 26 November 2021 – 10 December 2022

Wallpapers began arriving at the Whitworth in 1967, this exhibition delves into the galley’s collection of around 10,000 examples.

music RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts
Royal Northern College of Music | 20 January – 8 July 2022

RNCM Lunchtime and Spotlight Concerts occur throughout the year and are a great introduction to Manchester’s famous conservatoire.

exhibition Exchanges
The Whitworth | 19 February 2022 – 10 February 2023

Exchanges sets art and artist together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.

families Fairy Tales
Z-arts | 5 April 2022 – 26 February 2023

Fairy Tales is Z-arts latest exhibition, an interactive world of play and storytelling for children up to 8-years old and their grown-ups.

exhibition Fayre Share Fayre
The Whitworth | 20 May – 4 September 2022

Fayre Share Fayre is a group show that brings together over 40 artists with a connection to Greater Manchester.

exhibition Intervention by Phil Collins and Oleksiy Radynski
HOME | 25 May – 22 August 2022

In response to Russia’s invasion of its sovereign neighbour, Collins and Radynski transform Engels into a mouthpiece, amplifying the voices of Ukrainian writers and activists

exhibition British Art Show 9
HOME, Castlefield Gallery & the Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures. Each of the four exhibitions will also adapt to local contexts. In Manchester the exhibition will engage with the evolving nature of work and the ongoing struggle to shape a new social contract.

exhibition British Art Show 9
The Whitworth | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Alongside partners across the city, the Whitworth will host the forthcoming British Art Show 9, the biggest touring exhibition of contemporary art in the UK

exhibition British Art Show 9
Castlefield Gallery | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Hayward Gallery Touring’s landmark exhibition British Art Show 9 is at Castlefield Gallery until 4 September.

exhibition British Art Show 9
HOME | 26 May – 3 September 2022

Heading to HOME, The British Art Show is recognised as the most pertinent recurring exhibition of contemporary art produced in the UK.

exhibition MADE IT 2022: Annual North West Graduate Art Prize 
HOME | 27 May – 24 July 2022

Presented at HOME and across Manchester City Centre in collaboration with Jack Arts, Short Supply’s annual MADE IT exhibition features work from over 200 new art graduates based in the North West.

exhibition PIVOT: Editions
Castlefield Gallery | 27 May – 4 September 2022

Castlefield Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable editioned work you can buy and own from five North West-based artists.

exhibition Slip.Stream.Slip
Modal Gallery | 24 June – 18 September 2022

Slip.Stream.Slip celebrates game engine culture and how our relationship to images, sounds and interactivity has been transformed by technologies such as the Unity and Unreal engines.

theatre Sister Act
Palace Theatre | 27 June – 9 July 2022

Based on the 1992 American comedy, the Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this Summer.

exhibition Global Arts Manchester
The Whitworth | 7 July – 30 September 2022

An exhibition featuring the work of 8 women artists who have been collaborating for the last 4 years through Global Arts Manchester.

theatre Much Ado About Nothing
Victoria Baths | 7 July 2022

Time & Again take on Shakespeare’s joyous comedy Much Ado About Nothing featuring deck chairs, dancing, and their ever distinctive vintage costumes.

theatre Here & Now
HOME | 7 – 8 July 2022

Here & Now mischievously re-examines the pact between audience and performer and celebrates the beautiful ‘here and now’ of live theatre.

music Richard Dawson & Circle
Gorilla | 8 July 2022

Richard Dawson joins forces with Finnish band Circle – described as “the world’s greatest band – in every category” – to bring their collaborative record onto the live stage.

music The 21c Global Orchestra
Royal Northern College of Music | 8 July 2022

Young musicians from leading music conservatoires across the world join RNCM students to explore The 21c Global Orchestra.Young musicians from leading music conservatoires across the world join RNCM students to explore The 21c Global Orchestra.

music Creed Bratton
Gorilla | 9 July 2022

Back by popular demand! Get ready for an evening of music and comedy from star of the US version of The Office, Creed Bratton.

theatre Scottee: Fat Blokes
HOME | 9 July 2022

A sort of dance show about flab, double chins & the men they are attached to.

theatre Alfie’s First Fight
Z-arts | 10 July 2022

Alfie’s First Fight is a funny and heart-warming show that packs a punch for children aged 5+ and their grown-ups.

literature Secondhand Book Sale
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | 10 July 2022

This book sale is held regularly on the second Sunday of every month at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Described as ‘Manchester’s best second-hand book sale’ by one visitor it is a popular and favourite destination for book lovers.

exhibition Forget Me Not: Poetry and pictures in Victorian and Edwardian greetings cards
Manchester Poetry Library | 11 July – 17 September 2022

Forget Me Not is a free exhibition exploring the relationship between poetry and pictures on greeting cards printed between 1840 and 1920.

literature The Illustrated Woman: the art of tattoo
Manchester Poetry Library | 12 July 2022

Manchester Metropolitan University presents The Illustrated Woman: the art of tattoo a day of special events to launch Helen Mort’s latest poetry collection.

literature Children of Paradise – Camilla Grudova in conversation with Naomi Frisby
Blackwell’s Bookshop | 12 July 2022

Manchester launch of Camilla Grudova’s Children of Paradise – a surreal, discomforting debut novel. Camilla will be in conversation with host Naomi Frisby.

theatre Hollie McNish: Slug Book Tour
HOME | 14 July 2022

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose live readings are not to be missed.

music W.H. Lung
Gorilla | 16 July 2022

The sparkling synth pop and Motorik Krautrock of Manchester-based three-piece W.H. Lung head to Gorilla this summer.

festival The Singh Twins – Jallianwala: Repression & Retribution
The Whitworth | 22 July 2022

Manchester Museum is excited to be hosting a private screening of The Singh Twins’ film Jallianwala: Repression & Retribution

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

festival South Asian Heritage Month Festival
The Whitworth | 22 – 23 July 2022

Manchester Museum is celebrating South Asian Heritage Month with an unmissable two-day festival featuring film, music, workshops and more.

literature Taboos & Untouched Topics
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

Join Our Shared Cultural Heritage for a poetry workshop exploring taboos and untouched topics within South Asian culture and community.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

performance A Celebration of Bengali Folk Musical Heritage – Curated by Anindita Ghosh
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

A tribute to, and celebration of Bengali folk music, that has shaped the cultural identity of Bengali communities both in South Asia and the diaspora, including the UK.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

literature Writing workshop with Anita Sethi
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

Join Anita Sethi and explore themes of place, nature, journeying and how writing can bring a sense of belonging.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

heritage Manchester Museum: Meet the South Asia Gallery Collective
The Whitworth | 23 July 2022

Get an insight into Manchester Museum’s ground-breaking South Asia Gallery, its development, vision and goals.

Part of South Asian Heritage Month Festival

music Wiki
Yes | 24 July 2022

Carrying the torch for NYC’s master MC’s; representing for the freaks, wierdos and underbelly culture.

exhibition Together As One: A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQIA+ Community
The Refuge | 28 July – 30 September 2022

British Culture Archive Presents: Together As One – A Celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Community at The Refuge at The Kimpton Clocktower.

families Summer Fun in the Garden
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | 28 July – 4 September 2022

‘Every Plant that Peeps up is a Treasure’ wrote Elizabeth Gaskell about her garden in Manchester and this summer we are taking families out into the garden to discover these treasures for themselves.

exhibition Contact Young Company X GOBSQUAD: While We Were Waiting, Something Changed
Contact | 28 – 30 July 2022

CYC team up with Gobsquad to create an outdoor, immersive experience this summer at Contact.

families Behind the Scenes Tour
Manchester Central Library | 28 July 2022

Explore the areas not normally accessible to the general public at Central Library and discover how they tell the story of this iconic building.

exhibition Pool Arts: Random Acts of Kindness
HOME | 29 July – 24 September 2022

Random Acts of Kindness presents a wide range of mixed media work across a range of artistic focus, from the concrete to the abstract.

activity Yoga Brunch on the 18th Floor
Hyatt Regency Manchester | 30 July 2022

Get some nourishment and join the Yoga Brunch with the best views of the city.

cinema Make a Scene: Death Becomes Her
Contact | 30 July 2022

Make A Scene invite you to Contact for their latest high camp interactive film showing…Death Becomes Her.

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Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

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The Midland Hotel

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