Spring is well and truly here, and (for once) the rain has decided to hold off. The past week has been all about reconnecting with mates and getting out and about, as we inch towards the partial reopening of our beloved venues. To whet your appetite for that return, here’s a selection of the best free things to do in Manchester this week, including a location-based audio play by ThickSkin Theatre, a new streamed performance from The Sunday Boys at The Lowry and much more…

Stream Distant Dream choir performance by The Sunday Boys | The Lowry | Ongoing

The Sunday Boys are a low-voice LGBTQ+ choir based in Manchester who draw together evocative personal stories and fresh harmonies. For this video performance in association with The Lowry, the group perform new music by composer Finn Anderson that was devised in conversation with members of the group.

Embark on audio journey Keep Going Then Vanish | Royal Exchange Theatre | Ongoing

Lockdown has forced artists to react to their rapidly changing situations. We’ve seen lots of theatremakers across the country embracing new spaces and surroundings, and Keep Going Then Vanish, the latest from ThickSkin Theatre, continues in that vein. It’s a 45-minute location-based audio play that takes you on a walk around Manchester’s city centre – download the app, put your headphones in and start your journey…

Manchester City Centre
Enjoy Libersea's Listening Party | Brighter Sound's Let's Reconnect Festival | Mon 26 Apr | 7pm

Libersea is a new collaboration across countries, featuring Caitlin Laing-McEvoy (Manchester) and Ditte Elly Goard (Aarhus, Denmark), who have been collaborating as part of Brighter Sound’s gender equality programme, Both Sides Now. Join them for a listening party to celebrate their new EP, and check out Brighter Sound’s Let’s Reconnect Festival while you’re at it – running all this week and celebrating music, creativity and collaboration.

Get involved with the French Film Club | Alliance Française | Fri 30 Apr | 6:15pm

Alliance Française is back with a new film-club format suitable for online viewing. This week’s pick is Dans Paris, a take on the French New Wave from Christophe Honoré. Watch online and sign up to the post-film Zoom call discussion to see what you’ve all gleaned.

Mon 26 Apr - Sat 1 May
Hugh Morris
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Mon 26 Apr 2021