Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.
Festivals and Fairs
Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts at EventCity
Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 February
Visit the popular Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts show and find all the very latest supplies and ideas from the world of stitching and creative crafts, with lots of special features to enjoy, plus free workshops, talks and demonstrations.
Banff Mountain Film Festival at Stockport Plaza Cinema
Saturday 15 February
Follow the expeditions of some of the world’s most incredible adventurers, see epic footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe; this is an evening of diverse and extraordinary film by the most talented adventure film makers of today.
Sepultura at The Ritz
Wednesday 5 February
Sepultura were a major force in the death metal and thrash metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s with their later experiments drawing influence from nu metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal. One of the most important bands in their genre, Sepultura will put on an explosive show.
Cassette Boy vs DJ Rubbish at Manchester Academy
Friday 7 February
Cassetteboy’s hilarious YouTube videos have mashed-up everyone from Alan Sugar to Harry Potter, and have been watched over 20 million times. Now they’ve teamed up with freestyle rapper DJ Rubbish, to create an unforgettable night. Part comedy club, part disco, it’s the only night in town that plays Madonna and MasterChef alongside Jay Z and Jeremy Paxman.
Ewan Dobson at Band on the Wall
Tuesday 11 February
Every once in a while you come across something on the internet that makes you go “wow”. Ewan Dobson, the Canadian acoustic finger-picking guitar maestro and global YouTube sensation creates classic music, modern music and everything in between with only his guitar and finger picking. No bass, no drums, no vocals just a one man show.
Ultimate Rhythm & Blues at Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 19 February
With an amazing line-up that between them achieved 37 hit records in the charts for over 300 weeks you are guaranteed an unforgettable night. Celebrate 50 years of Rhythm and Blues with the artists that shaped music for generations to come.
New Manchester Walk’s Canal Cruise
Saturday 1 & 22 February
A splendid winter’s morning sail along the Ship Canal, BridgewaterCanal and River Irwell to Salford Quays. This 3-hour canal trip includes engrossing historic commentary about the days of docks and dockers, ships and sailing vessels, and the Manchester port.
Catalyst: Contemporary Art & War at IWM North
Until Sunday 23 February
IWM North presents its first major exhibition of contemporary art produced since the First Gulf War. Explore the ways in which art can prompt us to think more deeply about current events, their immediate impact and their long-term implications.
Fragmentary Ancestors at Manchester Museum
Until Monday 5 May
This exhibition is the first official showing of clay figurines in the UK, made by the previously little understood people in KomaLand in Ghana. The figurines depict two-headed creatures, bird figures, and animals and it is believed that they were used for healing and medicine.
Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine at Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 15 February – Sunday 1 June
Joana Vasconcelos brings her large-scale sculptures to Manchester for her most ambitious UK exhibition to date. This major new show features over twenty of the Portuguese artist’s most significant sculptures, which fill the gallery’s exhibition spaces and permeate the whole building.
Steve Punt & Hugh Dennis at The Lowry
Saturday 15 February
Described by The Guardian as “the kings of satirical comedy” these two famous faces from BBC2s Mock The Week mix stand up with mime and impressions to create their unique brand of sharp satirical comedy.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Manchester Opera House
Wednesday 12 February – Saturday 22 February
Be transported to the French Riviera and its decadent underworld, as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress. As the pair compete in the true art of the con, they discover there is only room for one of them. Starring three time Olivier and Tony Award winner Robert Lindsay and comedy legend Rufus Hound.
National Squash Championships at The National Squash Centre
Wednesday 12 – Sunday 16 February
Come and see the best of British squash do battle for the coveted title of National Champion. Leading contenders for the men’s title will include Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, whilst challengers for the women’s competition will include defending champion Laura Massaro.
Walk of the Month
The Hidden Gems of Manchester
Thursday 13 February
This is a remarkable tour of city sites that many have never seen before. Stop off at the Fox Court at Chetham’s, the interior of the Freemasons Hall, the Town Hall prison cell, the Hidden Gem church, the marble bank vaults on King Street and many more.
St. Valentines Day
My Bloody Valentine at Odder Bar
Friday 14 February
Manchester Murder Mysteries presents a specially written Valentine’s Day murder mystery. This event is for those who are tired of the traditional celebrations and are looking for something that steps away from the norm. Expect flamboyant characters, mystery and intrigue, and a good dose of humour.
For more ideas of ways to spend St. Valentines Day in Manchester check out http://www.visitmanchester.com/articles/whats-on/valentinesday/
Just So Stories at The Lowry
Sunday 23 February
Enjoy four of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved tales in this highly-acclaimed production by Red Table Theatre. Watch with delight as everyday items from a dusty attic transmogrify into fantastical creatures and places, bringing these classic stories to life through discovered play. Fun, exciting, and packed with songs, The Just So Stories has all the answers.
For more information on half term holiday events in Manchester check out http://www.visitmanchester.com/articles/whats-on/febhalfterm/
New Kids on the Block
Ready to impress with contemporary décor and an exciting line-up, club LIV is an exclusive new venue that could be well worth a visit.
This new hotel is located in the heart of the city centre, within 5 minutes walk of Manchester’s main train and coach stations, nightlife and shopping, perfect for an overnight or weekend stay.