Spotlight Events in Manchester
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Regardless of your budget there are events in Manchester all year round to be enjoyed by all. Museum exhibitions, vintage fairs and comedy events are just some of what’s on in Manchester to keep you entertained. All of the information is at your fingertips in our handy online events guide.

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Streets of Poetry
Imagine if your streets could talk. Imagine if the pavements where we walk every day could tell you the stories of people who live here and who have travelled across the world to be there. View event
  • Tuesday 29th March, 1:00am - Until Friday 1st September, 12:16am
Are You Interested In Purchasing a New or Used Steel Building for sale in the UK? View event
I Am
  • Sunday 1st May - Until Tuesday 31st May
I Am is a new collection of portraits by award-winning photographer Allie Crewe, commissioned by SICK! Festival and developed in partnership with domestic abuse charity, SafeLives. Her bold and powerful... View event
Call out: Manchester Experimental Orchestra
  • Saturday 7th May, 10:00am - Until Sunday 17th July, 4:00pm
We’re looking for musicians aged 14-18 to take part in a project that explores the musical identity of Manchester. Over two weekends in May and July you’ll make new music together that responds to the... View event
Call out: Both Sides Now Business Accelerator
  • Wednesday 11th May, 10:00am - Until Wednesday 6th July, 3:00pm
If you’re looking to launch and grow your own business in the music industry, join us for our Both Sides Now Business Accelerator. Delivered in partnership with Digital Advantage, this hands-on learning... View event
Pre-Season Friendly - Relaxed Morning
  • Sunday 15th May, 9:00am - Until Sunday 19th June, 10:00am
Explore and progress in a quiet environment where your child can learn and play in peace. View event
Call out: Surround Sound with Fulu Miziki Kolektiv
  • Monday 16th May, 10:00am - Until Friday 20th May, 6:00pm
Musicians from across the North of England – discover new ways to make music with eco-friendly, afrofuturist punks Fulu Miziki Kolektiv. Explore the sound and aesthetic of afrofuturism and DIY music,... View event
SICK! Cars
Cars are sometimes seen as an extension of our identities. Particularly for young men, cars can become symbols or power and status. I’m strong, I’m fast, I’m an individual: Don’t stand in my way… View event
MDZ Estate Tour
Peer into tower blocks containing a multi-storey high security children’s prison, residential Live-Work-Die units and some kind of spiritual centre for neo-pagan misbehaviour. View event
Mindgames Arcade
Can computer games help us to understand our mental health better? Can they help us feel better? Maybe playing games can offer new ways to make friends and share experiences. View event
Love Letters to Moston Lane
Love Letters is created by Jack Poole and members of the local community of Moston, Harpurhey and Charlestown. View event
Unmasking Masculinity
  • Wednesday 18th May 7:30pm until 9:00pm
Society says that men don’t show their emotions, boys don’t cry and you just need to man up. We don’t agree, so we’ve invited four fantastic local poets to share their work and talk about what it means... View event
Manchester Midnight Walk and Virtual Walk 2022
  • Friday 20th May
Manchester’s Midnight Walk is back! Sign up at View event
Living Library: Domestic Violence
  • Friday 20th May 12:00pm until 5:00pm
Alongside Allie Crewe’s powerful exhibition, I Am, SICK! Festival has been working with SafeLives and local organisations to create a Living Library. View event
Flashback Festival
  • Saturday 21st May 12:00pm until 11:00pm
Flashback Festival is a brand-new festival bringing Timeless Tunes and Fresh Vibes to the masses in the city. View event
Indigestion: Transsexuality and the Queer Aversion to Identity
  • Monday 23rd May 3:00pm until 4:30pm
This talk looks at these conversations to ask how the transgender narrative challenges some of the assumptions behind the urge to self-identify as a queer person. View event
Rebel Dykes
  • Monday 23rd May 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The film follows this group during 1980s post-punk London doing art, music, politics and sex, and how they went on to change their world. View event
Category Mistake
  • Tuesday 24th May 6:00pm until 7:30pm
Artist, performer and writer mandla presents a performance lecture telling the story of being a ‘category mistake’ – an identity that society does not want to admit exists. View event
Performing Sexuality
  • Thursday 26th May 3:00pm until 5:00pm
SICK! Festival and University of Manchester’s Sexuality Summer School are presenting Category Mistake by mandla and Ejaculation Falls by Essi Rossi. Join the artists for a conversation exploring gender,... View event
Works Ahead 2022
  • Thursday 26th May, 7:00pm - Until Friday 27th May, 9:15pm
The triple bill evening sees a one-man work-in-progress about revolution, hope, and our capacity for change; a macabre film about how we see others; and a lo-fi solo symphony of words and movement. View event
Witness This
  • Saturday 28th May 12:30pm until 3:00pm
Witness This turns the spotlight on mental health in a moving and emotional outdoor dance show of how loved ones cope when mental health problems take hold of someone close. View event
The Christie Zip Slide
  • Saturday 4th June 10:00am until 5:00pm
Ever wonder what it feels like to fly? View event
Spiritual Health and Wellness Fayre
  • Sunday 5th June 10:30am until 5:00pm
Please come and join us for another fantastic event, at The Venue, in Urmston. Over 40 stalls, holistic retailers, therapists and readers ! View event
FUTURA GLITCH - Livia Rita X Local Acts - Manchester
  • Sunday 5th June 7:30pm until 9:00pm
Join the ritualistic creation of this creature filled world of entrancing fantasy-horror, where nature rebels and dark magic surrounds… View event
Let's Talk Zindabad
  • Monday 6th June 1:00pm until 2:00pm
A celebration of South Asian Muslim women from Let’s Talk View event
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