The sense of relief this week has been palpable – long may that feeling continue! We’ve also just passed another significant milestone in the road to recovery: it’s just under a month until museums and arts venues can open again to the general public, and we are very excited, to say the least. Until then though, we’ll make do with some great online events until things properly open up again – but look out for summer live events selling quickly. This week’s free things guide includes a livestream event from Manchester Jazz Festival, the latest from SICK! Festival and much more…

Get into the festival spirit with Manchester Jazz Festival's livestream | Mon 19 Apr | 4:45pm

Did you catch United We Stream’s fantastic work during lockdown? Here, they team up with Manchester Jazz Festival, who are looking ahead to their return in June. This stream features performances from Lara Jones and Yaatri – they’ll also delve into how digital technology impacts their art.

Tune into a talk with Sacha Lord | London College of Creative Media | Wed 21 Apr | 7pm

Sacha Lord – the man behind Parklife and Warehouse Project – is one of the key players on the Manchester culture scene, as Nighttime Economy Adviser to Andy Burnham. Join this Zoom chat with Sacha as he discusses his whirlwind career to date – make sure to submit your questions in advance.

Watch four film premieres with Welcome To My World | SICK! Festival | Wed 14 Apr | 7pm – 8:30pm

This looks fantastic. A cross-border collaboration between four independent filmmakers – two from Manchester, two from Rotterdam – sees the premiere of four new films, each with a different perspective on the neighbourhoods each filmmaker grew up in and the places they now live. Be sure to check out the rest of SICK! Festival while you’re at it.

Enjoy a concert with Timothy Parker-Langston and Ewan Gilford | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Wed 21 Apr | 7pm

The Burgess Foundation continues with its free live streamed concert series with this recital from Royal Opera House chorus member Timothy Parker-Langston and pianist Ewan Gilford. Their programme includes selections from Robert Schumann’s timeless Liederkreis, and concludes with two world premieres by Burgess himself.

Take part in a night of spoken word poetry | Manchester Museum Young Collective | Thu 22 Apr | 6pm

Ever fancied trying spoken word but unsure where to start? If you’re between the ages of 18 and 25, this is the perfect chance to start. If you’ve missed going to spoken word nights, this is the next best thing – join Manchester Museum Young Collective in this exploration of identity, culture and heritage through words.

Mon 19 Apr - Sun 25 Apr
Hugh Morris
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Mon 19 Apr 2021