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What’s on in Greater Manchester this November

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The run up to Christmas has begun in Greater Manchester, and there’s plenty going on to get you in the festive spirit.

Music and Theatre

Birdy at Manchester Albert Hall
03 November 2016
Birdy has had a fantastic start to 2016 with the release of her third album ‘Beautiful Lies’ which charted in the Top 10 in 43 countries worldwide, including number 4 in the UK.

Catfish and the Bottlemen at Victoria Warehouse
09 November 2016 – 11 November 2016
Swiftly following the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘The Ride’, Brit Breakthrough Award winners Catfish and the Bottlemen announce a UK Tour this November that includes three huge dates at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.

George’s Marvellous Medicine at Manchester Opera House
15 November 2016 – 19 November 2016
When George’s grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George’s adventure has just begun.

Chase & Status at O2 Apollo
22 November 2016
Following their incredible sold-out headline performance at Wireless Festival this Summer, Chase & Status have announced their 2016 UK tour.

National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavillion
22 November 2016 – 26 November 2016
The Lowry is set to host the prestigious National Ballet of China (NBC) this November (22–26) with a five-night run of one of the most enduring love stories in Chinese literature, The Peony Pavilion.

Billy Elliot at the Palace Theatre
29 November 2016 – 28 January 2017
Now celebrating 10 extraordinary years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical, comes to Manchester.

The Warehouse Project 2016
23 September 2016 – 01 January 2017
The Warehouse Project have announced their line ups for 2016 bringing the biggest names in the music industry to Manchester.


Festive Events

Manchester Christmas Lights Switch On
04 November 2016
Manchester’s switch-on party will officially open six weeks of festive celebrations and attractions that make sure Manchester is well known as the Christmas capital of the UK.

Manchester Ice
04 November 2016 – 08 January 2017
For the first ever time, alongside the traditional fairground, Festive Cathedral Gardens will be home to a glittering ice rink.

Tree Lighting at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
09 November 2016
Marvel as Europe’s largest walk-in Christmas tree is lit up with musical fireworks & festive entertainment on Wednesday 9th November from 6pm.

Manchester Christmas Markets
10 November – 20 December 2016
The UK’s original, award winning Manchester Christmas Market return with the biggest and best festive offering to date.

Bar Hütte at Spinningfields
10 November 2016 – 01 January 2017
Bar Hütte is coming back to Spinningfields along with festive favourites, the Gin Apple Winter Toddy and the house special, the Twisted Bombardino.

Ideal Home Show at Christmas
10 November – 13 November 2016
Deck The Halls at The Ideal Home Show at Christmas, back this November at EventCity

The Winter Gathering at London Road Fire Station
11 November 2016 – 26 December 2016
See the stunning buildings and courtyard of London Road Fire Station transformed into a magical winter market, featuring an ice skating rink, street food stalls, bars, an art space and a programme of live music and DJs.

Father Christmas at the Farm
26 November – 18 December 2016
Come and see the favourite farmyard friends when visiting Father Christmas and his reindeer Prancer and Dancer at Tatton Park.


Art, Exhibitions & Festivals

Heated Exchanges at Manchester Craft & Design Centre
14 October 2016 – 02 January 2017
Glass just got Super Cool. Materials, makers and ideas meld together in this cutting edge exhibition that defies expectations of contemporary glass and pushes this fascinating material to its limits.

Stonewall Season Opening Discussion
01 November 2016
Kicking off the Stonewall Season in Manchester is a powerful line-up of some of the leading LGBT activists in the UK discussing the topic of uniting communities.

Doki Doki Festival Manchester
12 November 2016
Doki Doki – The Manchester Japanese Festival is an event held in Manchester, UK, celebrating both traditional and modern Japanese culture.

Manchester Animation Festival
15 November – 17 November 2016
Hosted at HOME in Manchester’s First Street complex, the festival brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join together to delight in all things animated.

Andy Warhol at the Whitworth
19 November 2016 – 16 April 2017
Andy Warhol’s work will be featuring at the Whitworth as part of their ‘Artists Room’ exhibitions which will show the sharp critical opinions of an artist known to many primarily as art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism.


Shopping Events

VIP Shopping Event at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
04 November – 06 November 2016
Enjoy an additional 20% off outlet prices in over 60 stores and gain access to the exclusive VIP Lounge.

Manchester Fashion Weekender
05 November – 06 November 2016
It’s all about fun, fashion and freebies at Manchester Arndale as Manchester Fashion Weekender comes to town.

 For more inspiration this November go to visitmanchester.com.

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What’s on in Greater Manchester this October

This month is absolutely jam-packed with events. If you’re looking for a full list of Halloween events, you can find that here.

Family

A Frightsome Halloween at Tatton Park
22 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
This half-term be spooktacularly entertained by a park full of Roald Dahl Witchy mischief, and plenty of mice.

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo
22 October 2016 – 31 October 2016
The perfect Halloween treat.

Halloween Laboratory at Play Factore
28 October 2016 – 28 October 2016
The creators of Play Factore have been busy brewing up a storm in the Lightening Laboratory to bring you the Halloween Experience of a lifetime.

Digital Kids Show
29 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
The Digital Kids Show is the chance to get hands on with all the brands behind the most loved tech toys, games, gadgets and much more.

The Family Pet Show 2016
01 October 2016 – 02 October 2016
The Family Pet Show comes to Event City for a 2 day family friendly event in October.


Music and Theatre

All Saints at Manchester Academy One
08 October 2016
SJM Concerts and Live Nation present All Saints plus special guests live at Manchester Academy One.

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra
20 October 2016
Join Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra on a promenade through the St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts as they present Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in Ravel’s stunning orchestration.

Craig David at the Manchester Academy
21 October 2016
Following his Glastonbury debut Craig David is bringing his critically acclaimed TS5 show to Manchester Academy.

Dirty Dancing at The Palace Theatre
10 October 2016 – 15 October 2016
Full of passion and romance, heart-pounding music and sensationally sexy dancing, the record-breaking musical is even better than

Four Tops and The Temptations at Manchester Arena
22 October 2016
Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations return this year to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history.

Ghost the Musical
25 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
This autumn Bill Kenwright will stage a new production of the timeless story of love, despair and hope.

Giselle at the Palace Theatre
27 September 2016 – 01 October 2016
Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle for English National Ballet, which receives its world première at Palace Theatre, Manchester.

Homegrown Folk Festival
13 October 2016 – 15 October 2016
The Met’s annual festival of the finest English Folk Music

Jake Bugg at Manchester O2 Apollo
18 October 2016
Jake Bugg has announced details of a UK headline tour, including Manchester’s O2 Apollo.

John Carpenter at Albert Hall
28 October 2016 – 29 October 2016
Next Halloween, John Carpenter will perform – live and in person – a musical retrospective of his horror soundtrack work, his debut studio album Lost Themes, plus brand new compositions.

Justin Bieber at Manchester Arena
20 October 2016 – 21 October 2016
Justin Bieber returns to Manchester Arena for two shows as part of his Purpose World Tour.

Kano at O2 Ritz
13 October 2016
Critically acclaimed UK rapper Kano brings his tour to the O2 Ritz.

Little Shop of Horrors
31 October 2016 – 05 November 2016
The Little Shop of Horrors is a charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof.

Nickelback at Manchester Arena
19 October 2016
Multi-platinum selling rock band Nickelback return to Manchester this October as part of their staggering tenth world tour. Support comes from fellow Canadian rockers Monster Truck.

Percolate
21 September 2016 – 19 November 2016
Acclaimed party crew Percolate are back once again this autumn with a tasteful party assault up and down the UK.

Rebecca Ferguson: Lady Sings the Blues Tour 2016
24 October 2016
Rebecca Ferguson returns to The Bridgewater Hall following the release of brand new album ‘Lady Sings The Blues’.

Regression Sessions at Antwerp Mansion
01 October 2016 – 01 October 2016
The UK’s favourite touring club brand and immersive party experience Regression Sessions comes to Manchester.

The Warehouse Project 2016
23 September 2016 – 01 January 2017
The Warehouse Project have announced their line ups for 2016 bringing the biggest names in the music industry to Manchester.

Voices of Remembrance
18 October 2016
Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave joins Chetham’s Sinfonia and composer Laura Rossi for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.


Festivals

Grimmfest 2016
06 October 2016 – 09 October 2016
The 8th edition of Grimmfest film festival will take place at ODEON Printworks in Manchester.

Neighbourhood Festival
08 October 2016 – 08 October 2016
Brand new city centre festival taking place over nine venues and featuring over 100 international acts.

DM16 Festival
12 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
A celebration of design, with 37 events including film screenings, talks, workshops, exhibitions, debates and more.

Journeys International Festival
01 October 2016 – 12 October 2016
Journeys Fest Manchester is twelve days of extraordinary events that celebrates the artistic talent and incredible stories of refugee artists. Come and explore the diverse programme of free artistic activity, happening citywide

Manchester Literature Festival
07 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
Take part by attending venues across the city for a distinctly Mancunian celebration of literature and the imagination.

Oxjam Manchester Takeover
30 September 2016 – 02 October 2016
Oxjam Manchester Takeover Festival is back for 2016 to the streets of Chorlton for a mega weekend of live music.

Women in Comedy Festival
20 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
After three successful years producing Europe’s only Women in Comedy Festival, Dulcet Sounds, the producers of Laughing Cows Comedy established in 1998 bring the 2016 Women in Comedy Festival UK.

Manchester Oktoberfest
19 October 2016 – 23 October 2016
Oktoberfest with German beer, food and music is so much fun.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival
29 September 2016 – 10 October 2016
The UK’s largest urban food and drink festival.


Art & Exhibitions

In Conversation: Wayne Hemingway and Lucy Siegle on Fashion and Sustainability
05 October 2016 – 05 October 2016
Award-winning fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and journalist and author Lucy Siegle discuss fashion and sustainability.

Oasis Exhibition
14 October 2016 – 25 October 2016
A must see exhibition for all nostalgic Oasis fans.

Off Beat: Jeff Nuttall and the International Underground
08 September 2016 – 05 March 2017
Delve into the renegade, provocative and brilliantly creative world of a pivotal figure in 60’s British counter culture.

Remember Them
06 October 2016
Poetry inspired by WW1, written by primary school children from Manchester and Jersey and set to music for children’s choir and ensemble by Laura Rossi.

Skyline Manchester, an exhibition by Andrew Brooks
05 October 2016
Skyline Manchester, an exhibition of large scale artworks by acclaimed photographer and artist Andrew Brooks

Yin-Ju Chen: Extrastellar Evaluations II
21 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
CFCCA invites Taiwanese artist Chen Yin-ju to exhibit Extrastellar Evaluations II, an exploration of cosmic events and human behaviour through the processes of mythology, scientific research and artistic response.

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
06 October 2016 – 09 October 2016
A unique opportunity to purchase beautiful statement pieces for you and your home direct from over 160 selected designer-makers.


Sporting Events

Super League Grand Final
8 October 2016
The Super League Grand Final returns to Old Trafford.

Rio 2016 Olympic parade
17 October 2016 
The National Olympic parade will take place in Manchester

Manchester To Host Snooker’s English Open
10 October 2016 – 16 October 2016
Snooker’s new English Open will take place at Event City in Manchester later this year, and tickets are now on sale.

Milltown to Moors Series – Half Marathon
16 October 2016
Milltown to Moors Series – Half Marathon

Rough Runner
15 October 2016 – 16 October 2016
Rough Runner returns to Manchester in 2016 having hosted their biggest event of the year in 2015.

For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

5 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (08 – 10 July)

Here is our guide to the best of whats on in and around the Greater Manchester region this weekend.

Wigan International Jazz Festival

Wigan Jazz

Celebrating the 31st Festival in style, Wigan Jazz Festival brings a programme packed with world-class artists. Find out more.

Tennis Family Weekend at First Street

Tennis on First

Join First Street this weekend for a couple days of tennis-themed fun, including the Wimbledon Final. There will be magicians, music acts, tennis coaching, films, jugglers, face painting and much more. Click here for more information.

Northern Quarter Makers Market

NQ Makers

Enjoy some eats, beats and treats at Northern Quarter’s Makers Market, with a whole host of crafts and creatives alongside some tasty treats and all the best music from DJ Pasta Paul. Find out more.

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In a Forest

In a Forest, Dark and Deep is a gripping, dramatic tale of sibling rivalry. Betty and Bobby grew up together. They’ve argued their way through childhood and troubled teen years. Click here for more information.

Art Battle Manchester

Art Battle

Going head-to-head across two combat zones, a 600-strong capacity audience will watch painters, tattooists, illustrators and street artists take part in the city’s largest competitive live-painting event yet. Find out more.

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (03 – 05 June)

Manchester Histories Festival

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Celebrate ‪‎Manchester‬‘s rich past at Manchester Histories Festival, and uncover the new and hidden histories from across Greater Manchester. Find out more.

Auke de Vries at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

Auk de Vries

This weekend is the last chance to catch Auke de Vries Bury Art Museum, an exhibition which includes approximately 25 works plus 20 framed drawings. Click here for more information.

Regression Sessions at Antwerp Mansion

Regression Sessions

The latest party series invites guests to suit up and blast off on an intergalactic safari through space, where visitors will discover new life and civilisations during a voyage through distant galaxies where an outer world experience awaits. Find out more.

German Bierfest

Bierfest

Don the lederhosen and head down to Albert Square for the first ever German Bierfest to come to Manchester. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

The Hallé’s Russian Spectacular

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With searing melodies from Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake combined in a no-holds-barred celebration of some of the most romantic music ever written. Find out more.

Coldplay at Etihad Stadium

Coldplay

For two nights this weekend, Coldplay will take over the Etihad Stadium as part of their huge world tour. Click here for more information.

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (13 – 15 May)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend.

Castlefield Food Festival

Castlefield Food

A weekend showcase of some of Manchester’s finest chefs, restaurants and street food traders. See the Demonstration Kitchen, where the best and brightest of the region’s chefs show off their skills, and the Live Music Stage, providing music and entertainment throughout the weekend. Find out more.

Milltown to Moors Series Oldham 7K

Milltown 7k

The Oldham 7k is the first in the 2016 Milltown Race Series and takes runners on a diverse course that includes countryside pathways, quiet lanes and busier roads touching on the Tameside area on Oldham’s border. Click here for more information.

James at Manchester Arena

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With a career that includes 14 studio albums and 20 UK top 40 singles – including Sit Down, She’s A Star, Laid and Come Home, James play Manchester Arena tonight. Find out more here.

Fashion and Freedom Exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

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Starting this weekend, Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery sees some of today’s leading female fashion designers explore the impact the First World War had on the changing role of women and fashion. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

Loomings at Bury Art Museum

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It’s the final chance to catch this exhibition at Bury Art Museum – a new project by artist David Ogle harnessing the drama of remote landscapes as he produces artworks that call attention to their own environments. Find out more.

Twelfth Night at HOME

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This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years. Experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets Shakespeare. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

6 Things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (06 – 08 May)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Manchester this weekend.

Spin Cycle Festival 2016

Spin Fest

Showcasing more than one hundred of the most forward-thinking cycling brands, the show celebrates cycling, fashion, design, innovation and culture.  Find out more.

Grub May Carnival at Sadler’s Yard

GRUB

GRUB are back with their second instalment of their hugely successful Manchester food fair including a whole host of street food operators, fresh produce, arts & crafts stalls, craft beer from local breweries, activities and live music. Click here for more information.

Week 53 Arts Festival at The Lowry

Week 53

It’s the last weekend to catch the innovative Week 53 Festival at The Lowry, with a number of performances, exhibitions and art installations to be seen. Go to Visit Manchester for more information.

The Birthday Party at Oldham Coliseum

The Birthday Party

London Classic Theatre presents its first significant touring revival of the twenty-first century, promising to bring this ground-breaking classic to life. Find out more.

Pilot Light TV Festival 2016

Pilot TV

A brand new television festival dedicated to celebrating the best in episodic content from around the world. Meet the cast and creators behind some of these amazing shows and attend insightful panels where industry experts and critics will discuss just what made these shows so great. Find out more.

Beyond the Score with the Halle

The Halle Score

Created by former Hallé artistic advisor Gerard McBurney, Beyond the Score combines music, actors, singers and film on the Hallé big screen, to tell the story behind one of classical music’s most iconic scores, Dvorák’s Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend exploring the region. For more inspiration go to visitmanchester.com.

What’s On in Greater Manchester this May

May Bank Holiday in Manchester

May Bank Holiday in Manchester
01 May
Make the most of the May Bank Holiday weekend in Manchester and have a great night out in some of the city’s best nightlife hotspots including special events at Cloud 23, The Milton Club, Albert Schloss and more. Click here for details.

Sport

Spin Cycle Festival 2016
6 – 8 May
Showcasing more than one hundred of the most forward-thinking cycling brands, the groundbreaking cycling show held at Victoria Warehouse celebrates cycling, fashion, design, innovation and culture.

Great CityGames
20 May
The Great CityGames returns to Manchester for the 8th time, bringing some of the world’s greatest athletes competing against each other on the streets of the city. Click here for more information.

The OM Yoga Show
20 – 22 May
Free open classes and workshops designed to offer something for everyone, the OM Yoga Show allows yoga newbies and veterans to experience everything yoga all under one roof. To find out more go to Visit Manchester.

Morrisons Great Manchester Run 2016
22 May
An event being broadcast live on the BBC, the Morrisons Great Manchester Run sees athletes and runners hitting the streets and passing some of Manchester’s most iconic landmarks including the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford. More information here.

Music

Andy Jordan at Manchester Academy
12 May
A former Made in Chelsea television star, Andy Jordan has since completed two nationwide UK tours accompanied by his band, don’t miss the chance to see this exciting artist perform new material and hits of old at Manchester Academy. Find out more here.

James at Manchester Arena
13 May
With a star studded career which includes 20 UK top 40 singles and 14 studio albums, James return to Manchester to perform live. Find out more here.

Saddleworth Whit Friday Band Contest 2016
20 May
Dating back to 1884,  The Whit Friday Brass Band Contests take place every year in Saddleworth on the afternoon and evening of Whit Friday from 4pm onwards. Find out more here.

Busted at Manchester Arena
21 May – 3 June
For the first time in 12 years fans will be able to see Busted’s Matt, James and Charlie perform together in a show which is sure to entertain fans with hits new and old. Click here for more information.

Lukas Graham at O2 Ritz
24 May
One of the biggest names in Danish pop music, Lukas Graham have so far released one hugely successful studio album and have many more exciting music projects lined up. Find out more here.

Hanz Zimmer at Manchester Arena
29 May
An iconic figure in the music industry, Hanz Zimmer has designed scores for various movie classics including Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Da Vinci Code and more. Find out more at Visit Manchester.

Arts and culture

Proper Laughs
5 May
A silly evening of laughs, cake and cocktails, Proper Laughs is headlined by the energetic Andy Watson who will appear alongside other acts such as Sean Moran and Colin Havey. Click here for more information.

Pilot Light TV Festival 2016
5 May – 8 May
This brand new 4 day festival is dedicated to celebrating the best episodic television from around the globe, featuring screenings of TV shows new and old as well as offering guests exclusive panels to stars and directors from their favourite shows. Find out more here.

Saddleworth Spring Handmade Festival 2016
14 – 15 May
The spring event is open from 11am to 4pm and boasts the best selection of creative and handmade products that the area has to offer with over 50 stalls to browse. Find out more here.

Dot to Dot Festival
27 May
A festival renowned for uncovering highly talented musicians, Dot to Dot will bring together some of the UK’s best established and up-and-coming artists for an eclectic line-up sure to delight music lovers. Head to Visit Manchester for more information.

Festival Oldham 2016 
28 May
Science and creativity combine in Oldham during this Bank Holiday Weekend as free event, Festival Oldham kicks off with mind blowing shows, weird and wonderful creatures and earth shattering music. Click here for more information.

Theatre

Twelfth Night at HOME
11 – 14 May
Madness, love and comedy all feature in William Shakespeare’s story of romance and mistaken identity, one of the most accessible productions of the The Bard’s work in recent times. Click here for more information.

Mamma Mia! at The Palace Theatre
10 May – 04 June
Sit back and be enthralled by the timeless musical classics of ABBA in this feel-good musical set on a paradise Greek island. Find out more here.

Pygmalion at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
13 – 28 May
One of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular plays, Pygmalion is a charming and provocative comedy that examines the roles of men and women and limitations of education and social class. Find out more here.

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to visitmanchester.com