Looking ahead, this week definitely feels hopeful. There’s Easter weekend to look forward to, plus the prospect of having friends round in back gardens – and maybe even some sunshine for Manchester too? It’s still a couple of weeks until our venues are allowed to open though, so until then, we’ve put together a selection of the best free things to do at home this week, which includes a new performance from The Lowry, a Zoom tour of Victoria Baths and much more…

In Conversation with Saoirse-Monica Jackson | Nerve Centre | Wed 31 Mar | 7:30pm

One of the series that we’ve binged during lockdown is Channel 4’s Derry Girls. Saoirse-Monica Jackson stars as Erin Quinn, and there’s a Manchester connection too – after studying at the Arden School of Theatre, she spent a year as a door-to-door salesperson around the city before she got her big break. Join her for an intimate Q&A where she discusses her career to date.

Through the Borehole Zoom tour | Victoria Baths | Thu 1 Apr | 7pm - 8pm

Victoria Baths is one of Manchester’s most fascinating buildings, and it’s got a wider following too, winning the BBC’s first Restoration grant back in 2003. This online tour takes participants through the pools and famous Turkish Baths, as part of their Hidden Histories series.

The Faction: Medea online performance | The Lowry | Fri 2 Apr | Online

Medea is one of Greek mythology’s most famous characters, helping Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece. Writer Emily Juniper revitalises the myth in this new solo short film featuring Anna-Maria Nabirye, shot in Salford. Expect fireworks!

Tune into a L.S. Lowry Talk | Trafford Libraries | Sat 3 Apr | 4:30pm

Salford’s iconic talent L.S Lowry became one of Britain’s most recognisable artists, but he wasn’t always as universally loved. Join Ed Glinert for this online talk hosted by Trafford Libraries that explores the darker and more complicated side of the ‘matchstick people’ painter.

Join a socially-distanced Easter Trail | Wythenshawe Park | Sat 3 Apr | 11am - 4pm

This is one for all the family. We’re really looking forward to a week of gorging on chocolate in the lead-up to Easter, but for those of us with more self-restraint, there’s an Easter Trail (complete with social distancing) happening on Saturday. Find the clues and the hidden message to get a prize!

Surprises and secrets Zoom talk | Manchester Art Gallery | Sat 3 Apr | 4pm - 5pm

Manchester Art Gallery holds over 25,000 objects within their collection, and many have secrets hiding within plain sight. This Zoom talk, led by the Museum’s volunteer team, reveal some of the artworks’ closely guarded secrets – there, you’ll learn to spot symbols that you can apply to all artistic periods.

Mon 29 Mar - Sun 4 Apr
Hugh Morris
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Mon 29 Mar 2021