(un)defining queer

Until 03/12/23

Led by an intersectional group of people who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, the exhibition delves into language, histories, and narratives within the Whitworth Art Gallery’s practice and collections. Explore the dynamic intersections of identities with work featured by artists Ajamu X, Niki de Saint Phalle, General Idea, David Hockney, Maggie Hambling and more.

Stephen Hawking at Work

Until 01/01/24

Experience a glimpse into the daily life of world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking through a special exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum. Offering insights into his workspace, the display includes his wheelchair as well as a blackboard full of doodles.

Unpicking Couture

Until 12/01/25

Introducing exquisite high-fashion pieces recently added to the Manchester Art Gallery’s collection, Unpicking Couture celebrates the innovation of influential designers. The exhibition showcases pivotal moments in fashion history and features works by groundbreaking designers such as Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and more.


Manchester Literature Festival


Immerse yourself in a celebration of imagination, stories, and voices from around the world at the Manchester Literature Festival at venues across the city. Hear from brilliant and creative minds in fiction, poetry, art, music, politics, economics and science.

42nd Street


Experience the huge spirit of Broadway in 42nd Street at Manchester Opera House. This larger-than-life production promises to uplift and entertain, starring Samantha Womack, Faye Tozer, Les Dennis, and Nicole-Lily Baisden.

Maisie Peters


Embarking on her biggest tour to date, singer-songwriter Maisie Peters brings ‘Road To Wembley’ to Manchester’s O2 Apollo. Expect to hear hits from her chart-topping second album, The Good Witch.

Halloween in the City


Halloween In The City is back to haunt the entire Manchester population over the Halloween weekend, with a petrifying programme of Halloween-themed pop up events taking place across the city centre. Look out giant rooftop monsters and a spooky parade.

2:22 – A Ghost Story


In this supernatural thriller, something otherworldly happens every night at 2:22am. Explore this award-winning play that challenges perceptions of reality and the supernatural at The Lowry


The Short Film Festival and Networking Event


Join Weekend Film School Manchester for a short film festival showcasing local talent at Cultplex. Enjoy a collection of films followed by networking opportunities with filmmakers, directors, and actors.

British Traditions: Spill the Tea!


Join a student panel at the Student Union to hear insights about British customs from fellow students. Enjoy a free slice of cake and a cup of tea while learning about cultural traditions.

Hamilton: The Musical


Discover the multi-award-winning masterpiece ‘Hamilton’ by Lin-Manuel Miranda, recounting the life of Alexander Hamilton and his pivotal role in shaping America. Experience it live at the city’s iconic Palace Theatre.

Absolutely Britney Bottomless Brunch Show


Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular live-vocal performance at The Bread Shed, starring the UK’s top Britney Spears tribute artist – Absolute Britney. This meticulously choreographed show will have you chanting ‘Gimme more’ in excitement, and keep you wanting more.

Manchester Art Fair


Immerse yourself in the blend of acclaimed galleries and independent artists at the Manchester Art Fair at Manchester Cathedral. Here traditional and contemporary art meets to create a unique and approachable Northern art-buying experience.

World Dances Taster Sessions


Enjoy a day filled with dance lessons representing various nationalities at the Student Union. Explore the rich diversity of dance styles and cultures, while making new friends.


Ice Skating at Cathedral Gardens


Staying in Manchester over the festive period? Get yourself in the holiday spirit with a day out at Skate Manchester. The outdoor ice rink is located in the heart of the city at Cathedral Gardens. Come rain or shine, their covered ice rink ensures you can relish your skating adventure no matter the weather.

Manchester Christmas Markets


Experience the festive spirit with over 220 stalls across Manchester’s city centre. The Christmas Markets are a great way to celebrate the festive season and offer the perfect opportunity to pick up some special gifts.

Home Alone in Concert


Relish a Christmas classic as Home Alone comes to life at the AO Arena with a live orchestra performing John Williams’ enchanting score. The film and music blend for a heartwarming holiday experience.

Christmas Pyjama Party


Embrace the holiday spirit at the Union’s Christmas movie night with complimentary popcorn and candy floss. Take part in a gift exchange with gifts under £5 or crafted during the free workshop earlier in the day.



Sydney trio DMA’s hit Manchester’s Aviva Studios this December as part of their UK-wide tour, following the success of their latest album, How Many Dreams? Weaving electronic dance elements seamlessly with guitar rock and punk, they are not to be missed live.

New Years’ Eve at the Warehouse Project


Wrap up your 2023 with the ultimate NYE rave at Mayfield Depot. Last year’s event hosted the likes of Annie Mac, DJ EZ and Interplanetary Criminal, so we can only imagine this year will be another hit. Guaranteed to sell out, watch this space for lineup announcements.