So, all the festivities of Halloween and Bonfire Night have drawn to a close, but, not to fear, there are still heaps of great free events to get stuck in to in Manchester this week. Ranging from climate festivals, free screenings, retro club nights and just about everything else in between – we’ve got you covered for plans this week.

Here’s the rundown…

Love Thy Neighbour | Manchester Poetry Library | From Fri 12 Nov | Various times

Coming to the North West’s first-ever poetry library is the exhibition, Love Thy Neighbour, which marks the fifth edition of Asia Triennial Manchester.

A moving and compelling array of over 200 postcards sent by over 100 artists from 20 different countries, will showcase the rich histories of Asia and the globe, portrayed through modern and contemporary interpretations including prints, photography, fine art, embroidery and poetry.

Interspersed with the art are selections from Manchester Poetry Library’s diverse collection, including poetry about love, friendship, family, and community, bringing the art forms together in a unique collaboration. Celebrating community, culture and creativity—this is a great opportunity to get yourself down to the Manchester Poetry Library and experience the space first-hand.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
The Great Big Portico Book Sale | The Portico Library | Sat 13 Nov | 10am - 4pm

Feeling bookish? Here’s another library-based event happening down in the heart of Manchester in the legendary Portico Library.

Have a little meander and browse through some second-hand bargains and rare collectables at the library. Whether you just have a peruse or make a small donation—take the chance to surround yourself with the rich art, history and culture that this gem has to offer.

All proceeds go towards the Portico Library’s charitable public activities and conservation. Get your Christmas shopping done, stock up your bookshelves, and gather your reading materials for the holidays and the new year, all while supporting a good cause and saving yourself some wonga!

57 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HY, Tel: 0161 236 6785
Design and Sustainability mini festival | 53two | Wed 10 Nov | 4pm - 9pm

Brought to you by Common Good, this mini-festival seeks to bring people together to explore how the design and development of places in the north can help to address the climate emergency.

With a programme including a bite-size knowledge share with short and punchy presentations on design, development and sustainability in the north, an opportunity to listen to some key inspirational speakers working in the field and a chance to settle down for a thought-provoking cinema experience—this is a great way to demonstrate your eco-activism in a creative and social way. Whether you pop in for an hour or stay for the whole evening; listen, learn and stuck in to the discussion.

Arch 19, Watson Street, Manchester M3 4LP, Tel: 07432 198724
'I had one of those!' | Chorlton Library | Sat 13 Nov | 2.30pm - 4pm

Ran in partnership with Manchester University as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, head down to Chorlton for an interactive workshop helping you connect with yourself and others through the power of objects.

Objects remind us of other people, our own pasts and what it was like to live in a particular time. This event with the Stories of our Lives group will explore how things we had when we were younger can help us to remember and feel connected to other people. Rummage around, bring along an object, or come and see what everyone has with them for a wholesome afternoon of nostalgia, memory and connection.


Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy M21 9PN, Tel: 0161 227 3700
BBC Family Boxset | HOME | Sun 14 Nov | From 11.30am

Proudly part of the Manchester Animation Festival 2021, this free screening of the BBC Family Boxset is a great way to end the week.

The hybrid festival is all about celebrating the world of animation. So, if your little one is an animation fanatic or you just fancy watching some children’s telly not on your sofa this Sunday, check out the UK’s biggest animation festival for a little change. Presenting a “blam-tastic” boxset of family favourites from CBeebies and CBBC, featuring Hey Duggee, JoJo & Gran Gran, Love Monster, Kiri and Lou, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese and many more—HOME is catering for all tastes.

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Antics x 60s Spezial | YES | Sat 13 Nov | 11pm - 4am

Feeling nostalgic for an era you never even lived in? We’ve got you covered. Head to YES this Saturday for a night that will make all your retro fantasies come true. With DJs spinning some vintage bangers from Fleetwood Mac, Otis Redding, The Supremes, The Velvet Underground and many more—you’ll be transported back to the swinging sixties in absolutely no time.

38 Charles St, Manchester, M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Mon 8 Nov - Sun 14 Nov
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 8 Nov 2021