The week of love is now over and half term has come to replace it. With shedloads of great free things to do popping up all over the city, we’ve narrowed it down to the best of the best.

From a funky garage night to a revolutionary art installation—we’ve definitely got you covered this week for the best events that won’t hurt your bank balance one bit.

Here’s the rundown…

Work it with Jenny Gaskell | Contact Theatre | Tue 22 Feb | 6pm-8pm

Start your week the right way down at Contact Theatre on Oxford Road for an evening of art and community.

Hosted by Jenny Gaskell, a performance and participation artist, the event will centre around discussions over the ethics of immersive art alongside the importance of boundary setting when working with participants’ stories in creation.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA, Tel: 0161 274 0600
Theatre of the Oppressed workshop | The Whitworth | Wed 23 Feb | 10am-3pm

Presented by Stepping Stones Creatives very own Julian Boal is a brilliant one-day workshop all about helping individuals find their creative identity and voice.

Through games, exercises and activities this workshop, hosted by the renowned Theatre of The Oppressed, will be sure to help you find your own personal voice and galvanise you with the skills and confidence to use it.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450
Kathputli Utsav | University Place | Wed 23 Feb | From 3.30pm

Head down to University Place, or as the students call it the “tin can building”, this Wednesday for a beautiful celebration of International Mother Language Day with a festival of traditional Indian arts.

Kathputli Utsav revolves around celebrating the culture of the Kathputli Colony, a group of street performers in Delhi, with an impressive showcase of traditional Indian art performances.

Room 3.204, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 3PL, Tel: 0161 306 6000
My Stiletto Heel is a Cocktail Pick | 86 Princess St | Sat 26 Feb | 7pm-10pm

Coming to the historic site of 86 Princess Street this weekend is the incredible site-specific installation and exhibition, My Stiletto Heel is a Cocktail Pick. The exhibition is a direct ode to the rich history of Manchester’s industrial heritage as the venue was an ex-textile packing and shipping warehouse.

Artist Kevin Hunt will use the space to subvert the pre-established narratives surrounding architectural histories, and with that, question the binary ideas to repurpose the same environment for a variety of Queer objects instead.

86 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6NG, Tel: 07899 993400
Between the Wall Records | The Old Abbey Taphouse | Sat 26 Feb | 10pm-3am

If you’re up for a groovy night of garage and house tunes then look no further. Back with their residency at Old Abbey Taphouse, Between The Wall Records will be blasting all the old-school bangers from late until the early hours of the morning.

With the likes of Sam Pills, Dom Hz, Paul Djames & Lee Fox spinning all night long, this is definitely the spot if you’re in the mood for the flavours of stellar Garage and House this weekend.

Guildhall Close, Science Park, Manchester M15 6SY, Tel: 0161 226 2052
Mon 21 Feb - Sun 27 Feb
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Fri 18 Feb 2022