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What’s On in Greater Manchester this February

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year in Manchester
4 – 7 February
Manchester hosts its largest party yet to welcome in the ‘Year of the Monkey’, with thousands of red Chinese Lanterns decorating the city’s central shopping streets. Find out more.

Chinese New Year at Selfridges
4 – 7 February
Selfridges are joining this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations with a variety of in-store performances including live music, dancing and illustration. Click here to find out more.

Chinese Lantern Festival at intu Trafford Centre
5 February – 21 April
Celebrate Chinese New Year in dazzling style as the intu Trafford Centre light up the sky with colourful and bright Chinese lanterns. For more information click here.

Something for the family

Magic, Witches and Devils at the John Rylands Library
21 January – 21 August
Experience how supernatural forces shaped the lives of everyone from kings and queens to clergymen and maidservants. Find out more here.

Shrek the Musical at The Lowry
2 – 20 February
This February, see Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona on a spectacular musical adventure live at the Lowry. For more information click here.

Play Factore parents go free for Chinese New Year
6 February – 31 March
A great day out for families with little explorers, enjoy Play Factore for less when parents go free for Chinese New Year. Click here to find out more.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers
13 – 21 February
Revel in the stench and filth of a Victorian sewer and get messy at the goo making workshop and enjoy all the fun of the fair at the traditional fairground. Find out more here.

Arts & Culture

A Closer Look: Military Pride at IWM North
1 – 29 February
Hear the personal stories of lesbian and gay service personnel Jo Kirk, who serves in the RAF, and Patrick Lyster-Todd, who served in the Royal Navy. Find out more here.

Queer Contact Festival 2016
4 – 14 February
Part of LGBT History Month, the eight annual Queer Contact Festival is packed with music, theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word and more. Find out more here.

Hacienda Classical
5 – 12 February
A truly unique event merging orchestra and Hacienda nightclub classics, don’t miss this musical masterpiece at the Bridgewater Hall. Find out more here.

UK Art Lantern Festival
5 February – 20 April
Travel through a wide range of lantern displays ranging from traditional Chinese lanterns depicting the terracotta army, flora and fauna and architectural displays to Disney characters displays and Great UK landmarks. Find out more.

The Solid Life of Sugar Water at Royal Exchange Theatre
9 – 13 February
A play about love, loss, recovery and how a couple communicate in the wake of a tragedy, The Solid Life of Sugar Water follows the journey of a young couple as they attempt to reconnect with each other following a stillbirth. Click here for more information.

Valentine’s Day with the Halle
14 February
Treat your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a romantic trip to the Bridgewater Hall for a selection of classic musical love stories. Click here for more information.

Brought to Life Exhibition at HOME
22 January – 6 March
This exhibition features explicitly honest portraiture that has not been retouched or altered offering a contemporary narrative of veterans who are as brave as they are humble. Find out more.

Telescope Demonstration Night
24 February
The evening will start with the simplest telescopes before moving upwards to the two main telescopes types ‒ refractors and Newtonians, explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each. Click here for more information.

Endgame at HOME
25 February – 12 March
A one act play with only four characters but plenty of laughs, darkness and downright absurdity thrown into the mix. Click here to find out more.

Bury Photographic Society
27 February – 16 April
An exhibition of the society’s work in 2015, visitors can get involved and vote for their favourite picture. Click here for more information.

Let it Be at Manchester Opera House
29 February – 5 March
Jump into the swinging sixties and relive Beatlemania in this fantastic tribute to one of the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands live at the Manchester Opera House. Find out more here.

Sporting Events

Cancer Research Manchester Winter Run
28 February
20% off the Cancer Research UK Manchester Winter Run on Sunday 28th February, with the code VISITMANCHESTER! A unique 2.5km, 5km or 10km run featuring loads of wintry fun, including a Giant Snow Zone, Penguin Party and Polar Bear Hugs at the finish. Click here for more information.

Frampton vs. Quigg World Championship Boxing at Manchester Arena
27 February
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg will meet for the IBF and WBA World Super-Bantamweight titles at Manchester Arena. Click here for more information.

National Squash Championships
8 – 14 February
Get in on the action and head to the Nationals, which return to Manchester in February with the UK’s top players competing for the prestigious British title. Click here for more information.


Awakenings Manchester
6 February
The world’s largest and most famous techno brand, Awakenings comes to the iconic Victoria Warehouse bringing with it 19 artists playing across 4 arenas. Click here for more information.

NME Awards Tour at Manchester Academy
6 February
Catch some of the best of the music industry’s finest offerings during the NME Awards Tour including headliners, Bloc Party with Drenge, Ratboy and Bugzy Malone in support. Find out more.

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

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (20 – 22 February 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers. 新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè Happy Chinese New Year folks!

Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Head to Manchester for the festival that marks the start of a new lunar year in China, the city centre will be buzzing with performances, food and workshops. On Sunday the famous dragon parade will sweep through Chinatown from 12:30pm so make sure you arrive early to get a good view.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers at MOSI

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A perfect day out for the kids, MOSI’s half term spectacular is running throughout the weekend. Get messy at a goo making workshop or enjoy the fun of the fair at the Victorian playground, you can even make your own glass microscope.

Cornelia Parker at The Whitworth

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Witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. Cornelia Parker’s self titled exhibition brings together work from her career and two important new commissions.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

  • ‏@mikeyquake45: @eastlancsrly & @MoTGM
  • @kerbsidemedia: Get on down to @NorthernSoulMcr and get a cheese fix. What else is there to do of a weekend?
  • ‏@ACPFestival: They could have a lovely Sunday eve with us at @GulliversNQ w/ 4 ace bands + spoken word? More info here: http://www.facebook.com/events/1525548921029997
  • @placefishface: I agree, this is a definite MUST!! Great tunes , great vibes.

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

  • Sarah Bleasdale: Look at getting free tickets to watch tv shows being made at media city can’t get better value than free!
  • Mikey Lambert: Transport museum
  • Chris Terry: Go and visit the Whitworth Art Gallery! It’s beautiful!
  • Dot Fleming: Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown
  • Tony Pacey: Get down to Soup Kitchen on Saturday night as it will be an historic moment in Manchester musical history…the debut gig by White Boy featuring former members of the legendary Janice Graham Band
  • Castlefield Gallery: Art meets craft – Last chance to catch Launch Pad: For Posterity at Castlefield Gallery, plus there is a free screening of Sam Hanna’s ‘Old English Craft’ films and an artists talk from 2-4pm tomorrow http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/…/launch-pad-for…/
  • Katie Hartley: Newly opened Whitworth Art gallery, China town, cocktails at cloud 23.
  • Victoria Jackson: Definitely the West Didsbury makers market it’s awesome https://www.facebook.com/MakersMaket/posts/944248282281535 Excitement is building in Market HQ today! Only 2 more sleeps before we return to the fabulous and amazingly awesome West Didsbury!
  • Silvia Rovegno Malharin: Visiting MOSI is always a great idea!!

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


3 things to do in Manchester this weekend (31 January – 02 February, 2014)

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Manchester’s Chinatown

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

  • Celebrate Chinese New Year in style! Manchester is awash with fun activity to welcome in the Year of the Horse, with many retailers and restaurants joining in the festivities. Head to St Ann’s Square to sample tasty offerings from Chinatown’s best restaurants at the Chinese Food Market & Pop-Up Tiger Bar, where you can also enjoy traditional Chinese music and performances. Don’t miss the Dragon Dance and celebrations on Sunday in Albert Square starting at 12.30pm, with a fireworks finale in Chinatown at 6pm.
  • On Saturday watch the leading British and international cyclists compete at Revolution Cycling at the National Cycling Centre. Riders to look for in the afternoon and evening sessions include three-time Olympic Gold medalist Jason Kenny, Team Sky duo Peter Kennaugh and Ben Swift, Rapha Condor JLT’s Ed Clancy, along with top women riders Laura Trott, Dani King, Lizzie Armitstead and Becky James.
  • This weekend is your last chance to see the Grayson Perry – The Vanity of Small Differences exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. The Turner Prize-winning artist’s series of six large tapestries, inspired by William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste.

And here’s what our Twitter followers recommend:

  • @librarytheatre: #replay2014 ends this weekend. Still time to catch the highly acclaimed Away From Home tomorrow night http://bit.ly/1b5fWbS
  • @Platinum_Rec: Eat @SoLiTaNq Great food Play virtual golf @getmetothegreen good fun Go for drinks @KosmonautMCR amazing atmosphere #Manchester
  • @akoustikanarkhy: @PLANKuk are hosting a prog rock night @EagleInnSalford http://akoustikanarkhy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/this-friday-not-aa-but-sausage-fest.html 
  • ‏@topdogdays: Cinema buffs in Manchester can take advantage of a 2 for 1 for The Railway Man this weekend http://bit.ly/LvrieP #ideas
  • @boheme: castlefield market! And buy one of those awesome pizza base with sauce – thin, crispy and totally italian
  • @TheGregling: Cha Cha Boudoir tonight at Sub 101.
  • @_drew03: TNA Wrestling tonight at the Phones4U Arena.
  • @BusinessPlus1: Afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel http://www.securityconsole.co.uk
  • @Utdblotty: Go a see “swim deep” at The Ritz, Sat nite @SWIM_DEEP @ritzmanchester @XfmManchester
  • ‏@MrPeepsSays: Lunch at @dogsndough, Cocktails @WalrusMCR, Top food @LiquorAndBurn, Gig @TheRubyLounge Nice and easy pic.twitter.com/SrKMUO9bhY

And here’s what our Facebook friends recommend:

  • Anthony Paige Mathers Go for a tour around Etihad Stadium
  • Mark Martin: Manchester Art Gallery. The People’s History Museum. Cup of coffee at Eastern Bloc.
  • Chezzie Le Choux: Wedding show in Didsbury this Sunday we will be there!
  • Robert Dow: Bury market was brilliant as well as the massive shopping centre… but my favourite was the tram journeys they were fantastic.
  • Kevin Wilson: Head for the Cathedral, have a look round and feel peaceful. Then go shopping!
  • Reena Mistry: Sunday lunch at NQ Superstore in the Northern Quarter
  • Gaynor Edwards: Revolution. De Cuba for cocktails and fab live music!!!!

What’s on in Manchester – January

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Chinese New Year

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.


Chinese New Year
Saturday 18 January – Sunday 2 February
Chinatown and the surrounding area come alive to welcome in the year of the horse. Over 100,000 people are expected to join in the festivities, which will include traditional events such as lantern lighting, gift giving, food tasting, fireworks and of course the magnificent dragon parade.

re:play Festival at The Lowry
Monday 20 January – Saturday 1 February
Ever missed a play you wish you’d had the chance to see? Well now you can – re:play Festival returns with a diverse sample of the best Manchester fringe theatre from the last 12 months. 

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival at The National Cycling Centre
Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 January
Over 300 cask ales along with traditional ciders, perries and beers will be available to try at this Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) event held in the unique setting of Manchester Velodrome, the home of British Cycling.


Trans Siberian Orchestra at O2 Apollo
Friday 10 January
Described as The Who meets Phantom of The Opera with Pink Floyd’s light show, Trans-Siberian Orchestra take rock opera into a whole new world, creating compelling and emotionally powerful narratives to match the epic scope of their music. 

Dwele at Band on the Wall
Thursday 23 January
US soul artist Dwele returns to the UK to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut album ‘Subject’ with a very special performance. After working with luminaries such as Kanye West and J Dilla, Dwele has expanded his sound to include a mix of vintage Soul, Hip Hop and Rap.

Showaddywaddy at The Albert Halls, Bolton
Friday 24 January
Once labelled ‘the greatest rock and roll band in the world’ Showaddywaddy are back with a dynamic and uplifting live show featuring all of their biggest hits. The band formed in the 1970s and went on to sell more than 20 million records and tour the world.

Mogwai at Bridgewater Hall
Monday 27 January
Just one week after the release of their eighth studio album ‘Rave Tapes’, Mogwai perform at The Bridgewater Hall. You can expect dynamic guitar instrumentals, melodic bass lines and heavy use of distortion and special effects.

London Grammar at Manchester Academy
Wednesday 29 January
Described by the Guardian as ‘an old-school, homegrown band that’s putting real music back in the charts’ Trip-Hop trio London Grammar continue to prove just why they were one of the most exciting new bands to breakthrough in 2013.


New Year Ghost Walk at Haigh Hall and Country Park
Saturday 4 January
Join Haigh Hall’s ghost hunters on a night walk through the grounds of the country park estate to discover (and possibly meet) its long dead characters. Anyone brave enough and over the age of eight is invited to this chilling event which will finish with a fire-roasted spud deep in the woods. Don’t forget your torch!

Skate the Park at Heaton Park
Until Sunday 12 January
Enjoy a real ice rink, festive market stalls and warming food and drinks, all in the stunning surroundings of the one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Skate the Park is ideal for a family trip or a romantic date with a difference.


Christian Dior: Designer in focus at The Gallery of Costume
Until Sunday 12 January
Christian Dior’s brief but supremely influential career began with his iconic ‘New Look’ in 1947 and he went on to reign supreme in Parisian fashion until his untimely death ten years later. This unique exhibition features stunning displays that represent many of Dior’s seminal couture collections.

The Gifts of the Departed at Manchester Craft and Design Centre
Until Saturday 1 March
Enchanted by the idea of textile as a metaphor for text and language, Alinah Azadeh’s exhibition is an on-going body of work, comprising objects which once belonged to her late mother wrapped and bound in cloth, articulating separation, loss and longing.

Coral: Something Rich and Strange at Manchester Museum
Until Sunday 16 March
This new exhibition provides a plethora of fascinating and beautiful objects, telling a story about biodiversity and the importance of marine environments today. Explore the material and symbol that has been an inspiration for artists, cultures and societies across the centuries.


Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry
Until Saturday 11 January
A thrilling contemporary combination of adventure, comedy, music and daredevil fighting, Wanted! Robin Hood promises to be a magical adventure for all. Written by Charles Way whose imaginative and award-winning family plays have been performed all over the world.

Swan Lake at Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 14 January
The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of a palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

That Day We Sang at Royal Exchange Theatre
Until Saturday 18 January
Reinvented and re-orchestrated for the Royal Exchange’s unique space, That Day We Sang is a big-hearted and nostalgic Manchester love story for all the family, written by Victoria Wood, one of the country’s most distinctive and well-loved comedic voices.

Walk of the Month

Victorian Slums & Squalor
Saturday 25 January
Take a guided tour through an old Manchester overflowing with cholera, crime, vice and vermin. A Blue Badge Guide will lead you into the uglier side of the industrial revolution and explore the impact it had on the local population.

New kid on the block

Almost Famous Burgers at Great Northern Warehouse
Almost Famous is back in Manchester and once again serving its tasty burgers, ribs, chilli dogs and cocktails. Formerly located in the Northern Quarter, this hidden gem was forced to close due to fire damage in June 2013. It has now re-opened in the dramatic surroundings of Great Northern Warehouse alongside fellow new residents Lucha Libre, All Star Lanes and James Martin Manchester.