The bank holiday may have taken it out of both you and your wallet but not to fear – we’ve got a cracking list of the best free things you can do around Manchester this week.

From wellness yoga to Sunday DJ sets and all-day festivals to vegan Detroit-style pizza—we’ve got it all covered this week.

Lesbian Pirates! Bringing History to Life | The Lowry | Tue 19 Apr | 6.30pm-8.30pm

The Lowry’s fantastic writing workshop, led by award-winning writer, composer and actor, Natasha Sutton Williams, is all about the various forgotten lesbian pirates of the past.

Using experimental and creative writing prompts, group exercises and solo work, this is a great way to learn about alternative history in a fun and interactive way through dramatic narratives within local creative communities.

The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ, Tel: 0333 320 2838
Vinyasa Flow Yoga | 54 Port St | Wed 20 Apr | 6pm-7pm

If the bumper bank holiday weekend has left you feeling a little out of sorts then don’t worry as there’s a free one-hour Vinyasa Flow yoga session you can get stuck into to feel slightly more balanced.

Built around connecting body movement with the breath, check it out and practice your asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing practices) and delve into some meditation to feel more grounded and ready for the rest of the week.

54 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ
Festival of Latin American Anti-Racist and Decolonial Art | Contact Theatre | Sat 23 April | 10 am - 4:15 pm

Coming to the Contact Theatre this weekend is a brilliant whole-day Festival of Latin American Anti-Racist and Decolonial Art.

A collaborative project developed by researchers and artists who employ a diverse range of self-expression including painting, photography, dance, theatre, musical performance, poetry and performance – this all-dayer is sure to be a good one.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA, Tel: 0161 274 0600
Climate Justice Display | Manchester Art Gallery | Sat 23 Apr | 11am-12pm

Also, this Saturday is an incredible event over at the Manchester Art Gallery led by the gallery’s guide, John, in an exploration into super rare paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures.

Focusing on the importance of collective action, community care, and learning from history as a means to reshape the future, this is sure to be a cracking collection of work.

Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888
Le Social & Friends | Le Social | Sat 23 Apr

Kicking off a spring-summer programme that celebrates Manchester’s thriving creative community, natural wine experts Le Social have unveiled a series of events that span art, sounds, food and wine that gets underway this week.

Getting things moving is Mother, a collaborative exhibition between Caroline Dowsett and Ben Vulliamy paying homage to Mother Earth through a combination of original prints and textiles. While the launch on Fri 22 Apr costs a fiver (inc drink), the exhibition will remain open until Sun 1 May and entry is completely free—though booking is mandatory.

Container 147, Pollard Yard, 15 Pollard St E, Manchester M40 7SL
Electrik Sundays with Aficionado | Electrik Bar | Sun 24 Apr | From 3pm

Electrik recently launched their rollercoaster of a lineup for their iconic Electrik Sundays. This week, get ready for Aficionado (Jason Boardman & Moonboots) to spin at the home of Four Side Vegan Pizza.

Whether you chill in the beer garden or people watch on the outside terrace, flock to this Chorlton favourite this Sunday for the happy hour prices and specially-curated live music and see for yourself how Electrik is bringing “a slice of the city life to the suburbs.”

559a Wilbraham Road, Manchester M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 881 3316
Mon 18 Apr - Sun 24 Apr
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 18 Apr 2022