The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.
Jack and Maureen – A Creative Partnership // Present until 9 June 2013 @ Manchester Jewish Museum, manchesterjewishmuseum.com
Objects and papers relating to the partnership and careers of Manchester-born dramatist Jack Rosenthal and award-winning actress Maureen Lipman will be on display in this exhibition.
Strike a pose: 50 years of football and fashion // Present until 27 August 2013 @ National Football Museum, nationalfootballmuseum.com
This exhibition will cover the arrival of European players in the 1990s and the rise of urban street culture offered new sartorial choices. In recent years, footballer’s wives, especially those with their own high-profile careers, have become a key influence on women’s style choices.
Raqib Shaw // Present until 27 May 2013 @ Manchester Art Gallery, manchestergalleries.org
This is Raqib Shaw’s largest solo exhibition to date, featuring 28 recent works. From large scale paintings and sculptures to works on paper, the works are being drawn together from private collections around the world.
Iraq: Photographs by Sean Smith // Present until 2 February 2014 @ Imperial War Museum North, iwm.org.uk
Marking ten years since the start of the 2003 Iraq War, a new photographic display by award-winning British war photographer Sean Smith reveals the collision of two worlds where local civilians and military personnel were forced to co-exist.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
1 May 2013 @ Manchester Apollo, o2apollomanchester.co.uk
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have just returned from Australia where they performed at Big Day Out and are putting the finishing touches to a fourth studio album called Mosquito. They will be performing at Manchester’s o2 Apollo on 1 May 2013.
14 May 2013 @ Manchester Apollo, o2apollomanchester.co.uk
Former X Factor winner and singing sensation Leona Lewis will is going on a UK tour for the first time in three years and will be performing at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on 14 May 2013.
11 May 2013 @ The Ritz, mamacolive.co.uk/theritz
Athlete will be on a 10th anniversary tour in 2013 and will be performing in Manchester at the HMV Ritz. The performance will take place on 11 May 2013 and will get started at 18:30.
24 May 2013 @ Manchester Arena, men-arena.com
Since the 2001 release of her monumental debut album, Songs In A Minor, Alicia Keys has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments with more than 30 million albums and 30 million singles sold worldwide, and over one hundred award wins, including fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards and three MTV Europe Awards.
The Woman in Black
6 – 11 May 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a ‘woman in black’, engages a skeptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story and exorcise the fear that grips his soul.
The Rise and Fall of Little Voice
29 April – 4 May 2013 @ Manchester Opera House, atgtickets.com
In this heart-warming tale, shy Little Voice spends most of her time hidden away with her late father’s record collection, perfecting her astonishing impersonations. Her extraordinary talent remains a secret until she is overheard by local talent scout Ray Say.
21 May – 15 June 2013 @ Palace Theatre, atgtickets.com
Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.
29 April – 4 May 2013 @ The Lowry, thelowry.com
Mike Leigh’s comedy became an instant classic when it appeared as a BBC Play For Today in 1977. It is a ruthlessly accurate observation of the pretensions of suburbia, a world obsessed with class and taste and ruled over by the monstrous Beverly!
Walk of the month
BUPA Greater Manchester Run
26 May 2013 @ Various, greatrun.org
Britain’s premier 10km race around Manchester which is live on BBC television returns for the eleventh year on 26 May 2013. With 33,000 runners, the Bupa Great Manchester Run is Britain’s premier 10km race and was first staged in 2003. Thousands of runners from across the UK, of all ages and abilities take part in the event and raise vast amounts of money for good causes and charities across the globe.
Manchester Canal Cruises
Present until 26 August 2013 @ Various, visitsalford.info/walksandwater
Discover the city’s rich history as you journey through Salford and beyond with routes along the Bridgewater Canal, Manchester Ship Canal and the River Irwell, taking in sites including Ordsall Hall, Barton Aqueduct, The Packet House, MediaCityUK, The Quays and many more. Manchester’s Canal Cruises run up until 26 August 2013 and feature 3 different cruises.
17 – 19 May 2013 @ Tatton Park, foodiesfestival.com
The UK’s largest celebration of food and drink, the Foodies Festival, will see visitors flock to feast on the vast array of culinary activities for the third consecutive year at Tatton Park. 2013 also sees the introduction of a dedicated Chocolate Theatre to showcase the world of chocolate and confectionary with daily demonstrations from David Greenwood-Haigh of Divine Chocolate. There will also be a wine village, bringing together producers and wine regions from across the world including Shawbury Vintners and Vicomte de Romanet.
Manchester 7s Rugby Festival
17 – 19 May 2013 @ Broughton Park FC, mr7s.com/rugby
The Manchester Rugby 7s is a 3 Day International Rugby and Music Festival taking place at Broughton Park FC just a 5 minute drive from Manchester city centre. The MR7s is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It welcomes up to 200 male and female participating teams from the UK and abroad.
Out of town
25 – 27 May 2013 @ East Lancashire Railway, eastlancsrailway.org.uk
We’ll meet again at the East Lancashire Railway’s award winning 1940s Weekend. Enjoy the glory and glamour of a bygone era with period singing and dancing, re-enactments, vehicle displays and much more.
The French Restaurant (with Simon Rogan)
The Midland Hotel, the-french.co.uk
In early 2013 The French underwent a modern revamp which incorporates the site’s Grade II listed status, including many of its heritage and original features and marks a very exciting time for Manchester. North West food hero and award winning chef Simon Rogan, has joined forces with the iconic Midland Hotel as part of this £400K investment to revamp the restaurant’s food and beverage offering.
Brunch at Neighbourhood
Each week, beginning April 21, neighbourhoodrestaurant.co.uk
Spinningfield’s hottest new eatery is bringing that Saturday night feeling to Sunday afternoons with its new ‘Brunch’ club – with fine food, regular DJs and cocktails on-hand. The events will start at 11am each week, with its opening edition (April 21) kicking off at midday, with a set from New York’s infamous DJ Lexey.