It’s been a year since we all locked down for the first time, and yes, it all still feels really strange for us too. But, we’re closer than ever to the return of live entertainment, with the buzz of audiences and all of us determined to make the most of it. With that in mind, we’ve put together a selection of the best free things to do from home this week, featuring World Para Powerlifting from Wythenshawe, SONO Ensemble from Anthony Burgess Foundation and much more…

Online Science Learning At Home | Jodrell Bank Observatory | Ongoing

Since the first lockdown last March, Jodrell Bank (Manchester University’s telescope in Cheshire) has been working hard to stay ahead of the curve on their digital content, transferring lots of their learning resources online. There are loads of fantastic podcasts, talks, lectures and their 75th Anniversary celebrations to look back on – all available via their website. Jump in – you’re bound to find something to learn for all ages.

The Secrets of Chapel Street and Peel Park | The Lowry | Thu 25 Mar | 1pm

What’s your favourite part of Manchester? One of the best bits of lockdown has been the chance to explore when things have been quiet, and we’ve loved going to the city’s great parks. Peel Park in Salford is one of them, and The Lowry are offering the chance to learn more about the area in this talk via Zoom – expect stories of amazing churches, great pubs, invading armies, dole protests, and 21st century re-invention.

World Para Powerlifting World Cup | Wythenshawe Forum | Thu 25 Mar | Ongoing - until Sunday

One of the events we missed the most in 2020 was the Olympic and Paralympic Games – so did a lot of sports fans. We’re hoping that the Tokyo Games will go ahead this summer, as are Great Britain’s Para-Powerlifters. Cheer the GB team on via Facebook this week, as they go head-to-head at this crucial qualifier ahead of the coming summer.

Black Women In Music | YouTube Music and Gal-dem | Thu 25 Mar | 6:30 - 7:30

Gal-dem is a publication dedicated to amplifying the voices of women of colour in the UK, on topics from culture and fashion to lifestyle and politics. This panel discussion features five different perspectives from Black women in the music industry – from performers through to key behind-the-scenes players. Expect to be inspired in this event which rounds off International Women’s Month.

SONO Ensemble | International Anthony Burgess Foundation | Sat 27 Mar | 7pm

Lockdown has been tough for our classical musicians, but some have found creativity in this quiet time. That’s the case for SONO Ensemble, a new group founded in lockdown to perform chamber. Here they explore two fascinating works – Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Erich Korngold’s Suite for two violins, cello and piano left hand – in this free-to-stream concert performed at the Anthony Burgess Foundation.

Mon 22 Mar - Sun 28 Mar
Hugh Morris
Published on:
Mon 22 Mar 2021