Phew – what a scorcher! It’s set to be a hot one this week, folks – so make sure you’re staying hydrated when you’re out and about. If you can bear the heat, there’s loads of free things to do in Manchester over the coming days, including Altrincham’s ‘Not So Secret Garden’, a new Suzanne Lacy exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery and much more…

Live poetry & spoken word with Mike Garry and Cassia String Quartet | Altrincham's 'Not So Secret Garden' | Fri 23 Jul | 7:30pm

Altrincham’s Stamford Square is home to the town’s new community social hub, ‘Not So Secret Garden’. Here, the Square hosts one of the North’s most powerful poetic voices, Mike Garry, and his Cassia String Quartet, for a free spoken word gig. It’s a chance to hear one of Manchester’s foremost performance poets in action in a really beautiful part of the North West – the previously underused part of Altrincham town centre has undergone a green transformation in recent times, making it the perfect hang-out spot.


George Street, Altrincham, Manchester WA14 1RH
Get involved with South Asian Heritage Month | Manchester Museum | Until 17 Aug

For the next month, the team at Manchester Museum are celebrating South Asian Heritage Month with a whole series of events online and around the Museum. There are loads of events planned, including a talk on Post-colonial Banter by Suhayimah Manzoor-Khan (Friday 23) and an Age Friendly dance class inspired by the Museum’s collections (Thursday 22). Explore their whole programme via the link below.

See new work from LA artist Suzanne Lacy | Manchester Art Gallery | Until May 2022

Uncertain Futures and Cleaning Conditions is the latest project from Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Lacy. Her work is very socially engaged, working on themes of justice and equality. Uncertain Futures is a new collaborative artwork highlighting intersectional issues around work for women over 50 focusing on gender, age, race, disability and class, developed by Lacy with help from Manchester’s diverse communities.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
See exciting new lockdown-inspired work with A Manual of Fantastic Zoology | HOME | Online

It’s been just over a year since HOME began releasing their Homemakers series, an online selection of theatre pieces made by artists at home for audiences at home. Now is the perfect time to catch up on the series – directed by Soumyak Kanti DeBiswas, A Manual of Fantastic Zoology is adapted from Jorge Luis Borges’ The Book of Imaginary Beings, and asks the isolation question we’ve all been wondering: what combination of magic, loneliness, madness or intimacy do we experience when isolated?

Watch three free shorts with Tamzen Moulding: Fall, Wake & Exit | The Lowry | Online

Circus artist Tamzen Moulding returns to The Lowry for three free short films that showcase her amazing talent. ‘Fall’ is a jostle for the last biscuit, ‘Wake’ involves a canal boat and ‘Exit’ sees a woman try desperately to escape from her immediate surroundings. Check them out via Vimeo.

Mon 19 Jul - Sun 25 Jul
Hugh Morris
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Mon 19 Jul 2021