As we inch towards a (fingers crossed) full reopening, there’s loads to look forward to in Manchester over the next couple of weeks – not least the Manchester International Festival, which begins on Thursday 1 July and is sure to liven up the city centre. For now though, here are our picks for the best free things to do in Manchester this week, featuring French Film Club at Alliance Francaise, the latest Bruntwood Stage takeover at HOME’s Homeground and much more…

15 Glimpses Into What Comes Next | Royal Exchange | Online

Available to stream via the Royal Exchange Theatre’s website, 15 Glimpses is an audio production by the Elders Company which presents brand-new audio drama performances that explore the post-COVID world facing us as we open up… Tune in by following the link below.

Explore Courtship by Liam Fallon | 86 Princess Street | Multiple Dates

Artist and sculptor Liam Fallon’s work explores queer culture, particularly through materials. Courtship, his new installation, takes the form of a trebuchet and explores how objects are able to perform an abstract notion of courtship by combining MDF, paint, rubber and more. Definitely worth a visit this week.

86 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6NG
Tune into Camille with Manchester's French Film Club | Alliance Francaise | Fri 25 Jun | 6.15pm

The latest online screening by the folks at Alliance Francaise de Manchester is Camille by Boris Lojkine. Set in the Central African Republic in 2013, it follows the journey of freelance photojournalist Camille Lepage who uncovers the dark side of the country’s civil war.

Step back in time with Pit Lasses: The Female Miners of 1842 | Sat 26 Jun | 2pm

This looks fascinating: an online talk held by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society given by Denise Bates. It explores the lives of the 300+ women and girls who worked in England and Wales’ coal fields in the 1840s.

Catch new bands at Brighter Sound takeover | Homeground | Sat 26 Jun

Two musical ones to end with – Brighter Sound are a fantastic Manchester-based charity, nurturing the next generation of music makers with a strong focus on supporting the underrepresented. Here, they takeover HOME’s new Bruntwood Stage at Homeground for an all-dayer. Check out HOME’s schedule for more details of this event.

Medlock Street, Manchester M15 4AA
Arcadia Sounds + Friends | Wilderness Record Store | Sat 26 Jun | Noon – 9pm

And finally – live events are on their way back, and we’ve definitely missed wandering around Manchester’s record stores. Wilderness is one such store, and they’re celebrating re-opening and the return of events with a day of live music on Saturday, featuring the DJs from Arcadia Sounds. Pop along for a bop.

9 Egerton Crescent, Manchester M20 4PN
Mon 21 Jun - Sun 27 Jun
Hugh Morris
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Mon 21 Jun 2021