We made it to the end of January – congratulations all round! Whether your week involves celebrating getting through the first month of 2021 or just carrying on where you left off, there are lots of great online events to start February off on the right foot. We’ve selected the best free things to do at home this week, which includes a digital exhibition from Castlefield Gallery, a songwriting workshop from Manchester Jewish Museum and much more…

Obstructions – online exhibition | Castlefield Gallery | Ongoing

Obstructions began life as a commission from Castlefield Gallery, which invited fifteen artists from across the North West to remake one of their existing artworks with a twist – they had to incorporate an obstruction given by another artist in the exhibition into their new piece. While lockdown persists, the gallery team have made the exhibition available to explore online. Travel through the virtual gallery to see what they came up with.

Q&A with baritone Simon Keenlyside | RNCM | Tue 2 Feb | 5pm

Internationally-renowned baritone Simon Keenlyside is in demand all over the world as a powerful performer of both opera and song. Here, Keenlyside gives us a glimpse into his world, providing insights on life, both on and off the concert platform. Don’t miss this conversation with one of the greats of the discipline.

Poetry Health Service | HOME | Ongoing

The written word is one of the best ways to heal, consolidate and connect with other people – which is exactly why the Poetry Health Service (PHS) was set up. Available via website or text, participants get a complimentary poem written especially for them by one of a number of established poets. Writing from the heart, for the heart – what’s not to love?

Songwriting session | Manchester Jewish Museum | Thu 4 Feb | 7pm-8:30pm

The fortnightly Songwriting Group at Manchester Jewish Museum is always open for newcomers. The meetings are led by professional facilitators Joe Steele and Michael Betteridge, and are great for people who like to sing, write lyrics or just get creative in friendly company  No previous musical experience necessary, just turn up and join in.

Mon 1 Feb - Sun 7 Feb
Hugh Morris
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Mon 1 Feb 2021