Manchester Histories Festival 2018
For our first pick of free things to do in Manchester this week, we’ve got one of the city’s best festivals. No, I’m not talking about Parklife, but the Manchester Histories Festival, which boasts a long weekend full of talks, activities and discussion groups – many of which cost absolutely nothing to take part in. Free highlights of this year’s festival include a screening from the North West Film archive on Friday evening, a discussion on Manchester’s music legacy sans Factory Records on Saturday afternoon and the launch of the Lapsed Clubber audio map (see below). Also, all through the festival, you’ll be able to take part in a pop-up speaker’s corner in All Saint’s Park should you find yourself incredibly opinionated.
Thu 7 Jun – Mon 11 Jun, Various city centre venues,

Eva Gore-Booth Poetry Collection Launch at Irish World Heritage Centre
Irish poet, suffragist and trade unionist Eva Gore-Booth may have passed on nearly a century ago, but her work is still being picked up by poetry lovers today, and is being celebrated with a brand new collection that gathers together all of her verse. The Irish World Heritage Centre hosts the launch of this new collection on Saturday afternoon, where the book’s editor Sonja Tiernan will provide and introduction and readings. Copies will be available for purchase on the day.
Sat 9 Jun, Irish World Heritage Centre, 1 Irish Town Way, Manchester, M8 0AE. 3pm – 5pm,

Lapsed Clubber Launch Night at People’s History Museum (pictured)
Part of the Manchester Histories Festival, The People’s History Museum launches this unique new installation on Saturday night. Lapsed Clubber is an audio map of the city, compiled from the memories of the revellers who were there at the Haçienda and the Thunderdome at the height of Acid House. The map is interactive, allowing ravers to leave their own memories, as well as listen to those of other partygoers. The launch event will feature a panel discussion with social researcher Dr. Beate Peter, DJ’s Abigail Ward and John McCready, and archivist David Govier. It’s a 9pm finish as well, so plenty early enough to go clubbing after.
Sat 9 Jun, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER. 6pm – 9pm,

Charge Dance Performance at Salford Quays
On Saturday night, you can catch a free outdoor performance from dance company Motionhouse, who’ve assembled this mammoth 70 minute performance to be performed out on the Piazza at Salford Quays. Check out our full preview for more details
Sat 9 Jun, The Piazza, MediaCityUK, The Quays, Salford, M50 2QH, 9.30pm,

Manchester School of Art Degree Show
This weekend, and running for the next week and a half, you can see the latest crop of talent from the Manchester School of Art. Every medium is represented in this diverse exhibition, which is spread across two venues to accommodate the massive number of artists on display. You can find out more about by reading our full preview.
Sat 9 Jun – Wed 20 Jun, Manchester School of Art, Cavendish Street, Manchester, M15 6BR 99 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7EL. Tel: 0843 208 6000, 10am – 4pm,

Fri 8 Jun - Sun 10 Jun
Jon Whiteley
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Thu 7 Jun 2018