Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this February.
Stewart Lee – A room with Stew at The Lowry
Friday 13 – Saturday 14 February
One of the UK’s best comedians presents a brand new live show at The Lowry. The always controversial and spectacularly funny Lee, will deliver fresh material in preparation the next BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle.
Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights live at Manchester Arena
Saturday 31 January – Monday 16 February
Peter Kay and the full original cast reunite for the first time in fifteen years, for a special live show with all the profits in aid of Comic Relief.
Chris Paul Daniels: A Tiger’s Skin at The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Until Sunday 22 March
Chris Paul Daniels has created a work that examines the rapidly changing way China is viewed through western eyes, and in doing so, questions assumed notions of ‘truth’ and ‘understanding’ within documentary film-making.
Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies at Manchester Museum
Saturday 14 February – Thursday 31 December
A stunning new art work by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists. The exhibition features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections.
Chinese New Year in Manchester
Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 February
Welcome in the ‘Year of the Ram’, with events including a food fair showcasing some of the best Chinatown eateries, live music, performances, light shows and shopping promotions. The festival will culminate as always with the famous Dragon Parade and fireworks finale.
Queer Contact 2015 at Contact Theatre
Thursday 5 – Sunday 15 February
As part of LGBT History Month, Contact brings you a festival of events spanning performance genres and including both emerging artists and the best of established UK and international work.
The War On Drugs at The Albert Hall
Wednesday 18 – Thursday 19 February
Following the release of their critically acclaimed third album Lost in the Dream, Philadelphian indie-rock band The War on Drugs arrive in Manchester to perform their brand of American rock at its country-inspired best.
Maxi Priest at Band on the Wall
Tuesday 24 February
A leading figure of the British reggae scene in the 1980’s, with a career spanning over 30 years Maxi Priest has earned his place among reggae greats such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown.
Lionel Richie All The Hits All Night Long Tour
Saturday 28 February
International superstar Lionel Richie will start his hotly anticipated 2015 tour right here in the North West’s biggest event venue.
Scuttlers at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 5 February – Saturday 7 March
It’s 1885 and the streets of Manchester are crackling with energy, youth and violence. As workers pour into Ancoats to power the Industrial Revolution, the young and determined form the very first urban gangs, fighting over their territory with belts, fists and knives.
Lion King at The Palace Theatre
Until Sunday 22 February
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music.
Tour of the month
A Walk Back in Time
Saturday 7 February 11am – 1pm
Meet by the wall map at Victoria Railway Station for a trip through the centuries, from Medieval to Roman Manchester and everything in between. Tour lead by Elizabeth Sibbering. £7 / £6 concessions.
New Kid on the Block
Opens Saturday 14 February
The Whitworth reopens after a major £15 million redevelopment. It will launch with a major solo exhibition from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Cornelia Parker, and will celebrate the Whitworth’s eclectic and extensive collection of historical and contemporary fine art, textiles and wallpapers.