With June just days away now and all the beer gardens and barbeques that come with it just around the corner, there are still shedloads of fantastic things you can do in Manchester that won’t cost you a single penny.

From live studio sessions down in Deansgate to an exhibition launch over in one of Chorlton’s favourite pizza joints—we’ve most definitely got you covered for the best free things to do in the city this week.

Recovery & Repair Exhibition Launch | Manchester Jewish Museum | Mon 23 May | 7pm-9pm

No plans to start the week off with? Head to Cheetham Hill’s Manchester Jewish Museum for the
Recovery & Repair: Fate Unknown exhibition launch and drinks reception.

All about supporting Jewish family histories of the Holocaust, this event will proudly feature talks by the co-curators, Professor Dan Stone and Dr Christine Schmidt, special guests, a drinks reception, and an opportunity to view the incredible Fate Unknown travelling exhibition.

190 Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham Hill M8 8LW, Tel: 0161 834 9879
Lovescene | Low Four Studio | Mon 23 May | 7.30pm-11pm

Fancy some live music to kick off your week? Check out Deansgate’s Low Four Studio this Monday evening to see Lovescene and be at the very forefront of Manchester’s thriving R&B scene.

Regulars of Gilles Peterson’s We Out Here festival alongside their recent appearance in Salford’s Sounds From The Other City, Lovescene successfully blends together 90s RnB covering funk, soul, broken beat, cinematic jazz and everything in between.

Deansgate Mews, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester M3 4EN
Category Mistake | Anthony Burgess Foundation | Tue 24 May | 6pm-8pm

Presented by The Sexuality Summer School, a public arts events programme open to all, is mandla rae’s, a queer Zimbabwean-born, Manchester-based practitioner, performance lecture: The Desire for Identity.

Detailing the story of being a ‘category mistake’, something mandla rae dubs as an identity that society does not want to admit exists, this performance lecture is sure to be fascinating. With an emphasis on the concept of identity, mandla rae uses the notion to explore possibilities of resistance through embodied movement, gesture, and spoken word.

3 Cambridge Street, Manchester M1 5BY, Tel: 0161 235 0776
Confucius Institute Talk | Manchester Central Library | Tue 24 May | 6pm-7pm

Coming to the beautiful venue of the Manchester Central Library is a brilliant talk led by Dr MaoHui Deng, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Manchester, who will host a discussion all about the representation of homosexuality in Chinese-language films.

With reference to a whole plethora of films including the likes of East Palace, West Palace (Zhang Yuan, 1996), Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997), and The River (Tsai Ming-liang, 1997)—this is a great opportunity to be introduced to the changing representations of gay characters in films from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
Tony Husband Exhibition | Electrik | Thu 26 May | From 4pm

Coming to one of the coolest suburbs in South Manchester is the exhibition launch of Tony Husband’s impressive array of works. The celebrated cartoonist & illustrator will be exhibiting his work to celebrate 30 years of providing cartoons for Private Eye magazine.

Famed for his surreal, satirical and hilarious collages, be sure to head down to Chorlton’s very own slice of the city life and crack on with some happy hour bevs and Detroit-style ‘za.

559a Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester M21 0AE, Tel: 0161 881 3316
Mon 23 May - Sun 29 May
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sun 22 May 2022