The hustle and bustle of the New Year is now well and truly behind us but there are shedloads of free things to do in Manchester this week that’ll give your wallet a much-needed break.

From jam sessions at Northern Quarter stalwart, Band on the Wall, to a cracking spoken word night over in Levenshulme – we have most definitely got you covered for cheap and cheerful events this week.

Fleur Yearsley: Breathing is Free | The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre | Wed 12 Jan | From 6:30 pm

Shake up the middle of the week over at Chorlton’s very own theatre and arts space, The Edge, to catch a viewing of local Mancunian artist, Fleur Yearsley’s latest exhibition.

Titled ‘Breathing is Free’, Fleur puts a fascinating spin on what may at first appear to be ordinary objects painted with directness and simplicity – transforming them into metaphors and devices to explore intimate relationships, emotional connections, and humanity through the materiality of paint.

Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776
Words with Friends | Aunty Ji's | Thurs 12 Jan | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Head to Stockport Road’s Aunty Ji’s for their cracking spoken word open mic night. This is a chance to experience some stellar writing, great reading and wholesome chatting about all things words.

Geared around community, conversation and generally good vibes all over – this is definitely the place to be this Thursday.

987 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 2SY, Tel: 07508 428979
Jam on the Wall | Band on the Wall | Thurs 12 Jan | 9 pm - late

Get yourself over to Band on the Wall to ease you into the weekend with their unique and versatile new jam night, Jam on the Wall, all about proving a nurturing environment for up-and-coming artists of all disciplines and backgrounds to experiment.

Have a listen to some of the city’s flourishing talent or even have a go at it yourself – this is sure to be a good one.

25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786
Quiet Night Out | Partisan Collective | Fri 13 Jan | 7 pm - 9:45 pm

Over at Salford’s hub of all things community-orientated, the Partisan Collective within Islington Mill, is a short and sweet sensory-friendly gig experience for disabled people in Manchester.

Led by Scope’s Youth Community Collective, the event will showcase some fantastic acoustic performances from three artists with unplugged sets and regular breaks between artists.

There will also be a breakout space for audience members who wish to take a break from the main event.

Unit 2, New Islington Mill, Oldfield Road, Salford M5 4DE, Tel: 0161 278 6404
Karaoke Night | The West Didsbury Club | Sat 14 Jan | 7 pm - 11 pm

Bring on the weekend over on Burton Road with a proper good karaoke night at The West Didsbury Club.

Dubbed the ‘Best Karaoke Night in Didsbury’, have a go at singing your heart out to all the well-known bangers from decades past and taste a slice of the city centre in the leafy suburbs.

173 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 2LN
Mon 9 Jan - Sun 15 Jan
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 9 Jan 2023