A performance from poet Lenni Sanders at Gullivers and two screenings of The Shining at YES are just some of our picks of free things to do in Manchester this week.

A Sense of The Future at Central Library | Mon 28 Oct | 6pm - 8pm

On Monday evening, Central Library hosts this performance and discussion event as part of a three-day programme under the banner of Black Then Black Now, which focuses on black futurity instead of black history. Manchester-based writer Keisha Thompson invites three young BAME creatives –  musician Tolu Ajayi, artist Maya Chowdhry and spoken word performer Sam Remi-Akinwale – to share their work as well as their perspective on the future for people of colour.

Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD
IN:COLOUR Launch at LEAF | Wed 30 Oct | 7pm - 10pm

On Wednesday evening, Portland Street café and tea specialists LEAF host this free launch for the second issue of IN:COLOUR zine – an annual independent publication celebrating the work of Manchester-based BAME artists and musicians. Last year’s debut launch featured drinks, cakes and live readings, as well as the opportunity to pick up a copy of the zine, and this year’s promises the same and more!

LEAF, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW
Lenni Sanders at Gullivers | Wed 30 Oct | 7.30pm - 10pm

Long-running spoken word night Bad Language welcomes local poet and pamphleteer Lenni Sanders to perform at Gullivers on Wednesday evening. Lenni released their debut pamphlet Poacher this year through small press imprint The Emma Press, and will be reading from it on the night. There will also be a roster of other local up-and-coming writers performing in the open mic slots.

Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LW
Late Night The Shining Screening at YES (pictured) | Wed 30 Oct | 11pm - 1.45am

On Halloween night, Charles Street mega venue YES hosts a screening of the kaleidoscopic Kubrick classic The Shining. A milestone in horror cinema when it came out in 1980, it’s gone on to enthrall generations of film fans – so much so, that this Halloween screening is currently sold out. The organisers have added an extra screening on Wednesday to address this, but if you’re looking for some authentic scares on actual Halloween night, it’s always worth checking on the day for returns.

YES, 38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB
Mon 28 Oct - Fri 1 Nov
Jon Whiteley
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Sun 27 Oct 2019