3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (02 – 05 May, 2014)

Text Festival at Bury Sculpture Centre

Text Festival at Bury Sculpture Centre

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this bank holiday weekend, plus some helpful suggestions from our social media friends.

  • Bury’s new Sculpture Centre opens tonight with the launch of the Text Festival, a globally unique event which includes an exhibition by internationally renowned artist Lawrence Weiner. The opening weekend will feature many great performers including the welcome return of American poet Ron Silliman and French-Norwegian Caroline Bergvall, plus live and sound artists from as far as North America to Austria and Israel.
  • Salford’s finest festival of new music Sounds From The Other City returns for its 10th year on Sunday with its biggest and freshest line up yet. This celebration of new music and performance unites the cream of the national and international scene with some of the city’s finest independent promoters, collectives and club nights.
  • If you’re looking for something unique and different head to Castlefield Artisan Market on Sunday. Based at Manchester’s beautiful Victorian market hall, the market is packed with the best of the city’s independent creators, artists and collectors, and everything on sale is ethically sourced and created.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @Black_Jack_B: Take a short train ride out of city centre on Saturday and visit Levenshulme Market 10am-4pm @levymarket.
  • ‏@visit_bury: This weekend the new Sculpture Centre is opening @BuryArtMuseum & Thomas the Tank Engine is visiting the @eastlancsrly
  • ‏@borollan: Spend Saturday at @tatton_park in the sunshine with a picnic
  • ‏@aspire_co_op: No trip to Manchester is complete without a trip to @GingersComfort in Afflecks Palace!
  • ‏@JerrySadowitz1: JERRY SADOWITZ Manchester Sat/Sun @TheDancehouse
  • @MinervaHeritage: last chance to see The People’s Business-150 years of The Co-operative @PHMMcr lots of other great things to see too + cafe!
  • @ElleBrotherhood: Really excited for Recorded Soul #allnighter @victoriabaths this Saturday #UnRestFest #danceallnight
  • ‏@owzat1982: It’s free comic book day on Saturday check out Forbidden Planet and @TravellingManUK in the Northern Quarter. #FCBD2014

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:

  • Liz Barras: For one night only you can be Harry Lime, George Smiley or James Bond in the Hallé’s Spies and Spooks concert tomorrow night. Just remember to look cool. http://www.halle.co.uk/concerts-tickets.aspx?day=3
  • Neil Whittaker: Go and see The Happy Mondaze, the UK’s only tribute to the Happy Mondays at the Dog & Partridge, Stockport
  • Laura Davies: Get down to Lever Market on Saturday just a ten minute train journey from Piccadilly and it’s full of bargains crafts and food!!
  • Jeni Hawkswell: Hear one of the best brass bands in the world, Foden’s Band, perform a world première by Andy Scott at the RNCM tonight, inspired by the poetry of Lemn Sissay – http://www.rncm.ac.uk/performance/fodens-band/
  • Richard Mather: 47 King Street West, top food, great music
  • Dan Dilla Fryar: De La Soul on tonight! Manchester Academy!
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