Not Winter, not quite Summer – April can be the cruellest month but so far it’s been above average. With a nice bit of weather, a four day weekend and being able to invite friends round to your garden – we’ve not had many complaints so far. We’re still a little while off being able to see events in our city’s cultural venues but until then, we’ve put together a list of the best free things to do from home this week including online migration stories from People’s History Museum, a livestream from NQ Jazz and much more…

Create your own Minute Book with Rewrite the Rules | National Football Museum | Mon 5 Apr | Online

If you’re stuck for something to do during the Easter holidays, why not join in with some of the activities organised by National Football Museum? Starting on Monday and running throughout the week, the team lead youngsters through a series of online tutorials to create their very own Minute Book, comprised of sections covering what the rules are, and where football clubs actually come from. Spoilers: there are some unexpected places.

Tune into a livestream set from Marco Woolf | NQ Jazz | Mon 5 Apr | 7pm

NQ Jazz’s lockdown content has been excellent, and they’re upping the ante here with the first of a mini series of local livestreams, this time featuring singer-songwriter Marco Woolf alongside three other Manchester-based musicians – Paige Kennedy, Anna McLuckie and Tom Harris. Expect original songs and spellbinding stories, woven into intricate narratives across the whole set.

Take an audio tour in Tape Letters | People's History Museum | Thu 8 Apr | 7:30pm - 9pm

This looks like a really fascinating one. Modus Arts recently launched the Tape Letters project to unearth and re-present a portrait of the cultural heritage of Pakistani immigrants who settled in Britain between 1960 and 1980. These stories are revealed through cassette tapes, which are then turned into a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener using binaural and sound spatialisation technology. Tune in via Zoom.

Catch up on Our Plague Year Webcomic | HOME & Nick Burton | Ongoing

It’s just passed a year since we began lockdown and the anniversaries are definitely piling up. We’re creeping slowly towards the end to our current situation but if you want an alternative look at the past year, let Nick Burton and the HOME team transport you back to 1665 in their weekly webcomic, delivered straight to your email inbox every Wednesday.

Live streamed solo show My Last Duchess | The Lowry | Thu 8 Apr | Ongoing

We’ve really been enjoying The Lowry’s online content recently. This is another solo show that started as a repertoire piece which has been specially adapted for life online. Filmed in Salford, Jessica Siân’s version of the Robert Browning poem My Last Duchess explores power, control and relationships through the gaze of a single actor. Watch online before Friday.

Mon 5 Apr - Sun 11 Apr
Hugh Morris
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Mon 5 Apr 2021