Banned Books Launch at Burgess Foundation
Our first pick of free things to do in Manchester this weekend is this exhibition launch at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. The exhibition focuses on 50 texts seized from the by Maltese authorities when Burgess moved to the island half a century ago. The launch party features readings from the books, and is compered by local live literature don Fat Roland. See our full preview for more information.
Fri 29 Jun, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester, M1 5BY. Tel: 0161 235 0776, 6pm,

Play & Process Summer Workshops at Plant NOMA
On Saturday morning you can catch this free workshop – the second in a series – at Plant NOMA. Organised by the folks at Castlefield Gallery, these workshops are led by artist, designer and ceramicist Joe Hartley, working in collaboration with Korean artists, and they aim to create simple physical art using minimal tools. On Saturday, these one-hour workshops ar pitched at a family audience, where you and your little ones will get the chance to get hands on with materials and produce your own minimalist pieces. If you can’t catch this, there’s more events running throughout July, so check out the event page for more details.
Sat 30 Jun, Plant NOMA, Manchester, M4 4AH. 11am- 4pm,

Beautiful Monsters Talk at Portico Library
Also on Saturday you can catch this one-off artists’ talk at the Portico Library. Beautiful Monsters is an exhibition currently running at the library, which takes its inspiration from the work of 16th century zoologist Conrad Gessner – a man who published pictures of mythological creatures alongside studies of real animals, offering little distinction between the two. The artists who responded Gessner’s imaginary menagerie will be talking about their work at this event, providing insight into the research they undertook, their process and the resulting art.
Sat 30 Jun, The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HY. 1pm – 3pm,

Popular at Fuel Café Bar
On Saturday night, Withington’s premier vegetarian café and bar Fuel hosts another Popular, their regular pop club night in the upstairs room. Expect a packed playlist of mainstream chart hits and alternative pop, queued up by DJs from Bad Uncle promotions and Violent Femmes club nights. The event also has an excellent poster (pictured), so it’s got that going for it too.
Sat 30 Jun, Fuel Café Bar, 448 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 3BW. 8pm – 2am,

Bee In the City Sculpture Trail
On Sunday, Manchester’s Bee In The City sculpture trail finally opens up to the public. Bee sculptures will be dotted around the city centre, each with a unique design created by a different artist. This is your first opportunity to see it, but there’s plenty more time before it packs up in September. Check out our full preview for more details.
Sun 1 Jul – Sun 30 Sep, City centre,

Fri 29 Jun - Sun 1 Jul
Jon Whiteley
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Thu 28 Jun 2018