With the festivities of the coronation and the bumper bank holiday weekend behind us – you’ll be glad to know there are still bucketloads of things to do around the city that won’t hurt your bank balance one bit.

From an exciting new project launch at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford to a live acoustic night over at Band on the Wall – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Sustainable Living | The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre | Wed 10 May | 3.30pm - 6pm

Make your way to the suburbs this Wednesday for a brilliant Sustainable Living event put on by the Manchester City Council and Stitched Up at The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre.

Bring along an item of clothing that needs some love at the drop-in repair and upcycling workshop all about promoting alternative ways to shop, save some pennies and reduce our harmful impact on the environment.

Manchester Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9JG, Tel: 0161 282 9776
The Working Class Collective Book and New Project Launch | Working Class Movement Library | Thu 11 May | 6.30pm - 8.30pm

The Working Class Collective is making its way to Salford this Thursday evening for a book signing and a brand-new project launch, Working Class Fantastic Spaces.

The project is geared around a revisioning of how we define our spaces and the event will also include a discussion surrounding the collective’s first project, Lockdown Diaries of the Working Class.

The evening will give people the opportunity to get their book signed and listen to a Q&A with the collective’s directors plus some pub and politics to follow shortly after.

51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX, Tel: 0161 736 3601
Heritage, Identity and Culture | Manchester Art Gallery | Sat 13 May | 12pm - 1.30pm

Get yourself over to Manchester Art Gallery this Saturday for a short and sweet afternoon event led by social entrepreneur Kofo Kego.

Join Kofo along with some other very special guests in this workshop geared around celebrating Nigerian culture and heritage whilst exploring the collection of artworks that Kofo selected for the Rethinking the Grand Tour exhibition located in Gallery 4.

Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL, Tel: 0161 235 8888
Live & Unsigned | Band on the Wall | Sat 13 May | 3pm - 7pm

Head to Swan Street’s buzzing hub of local musicians for Hive Music Group’s cracking event designed to spotlight all of the best acoustic performers in Manchester.

Band On The Wall will showcase a diverse range of unsigned musicians, all of which will grace the stage with their unique style and sound.

From singer-songwriters to duos and bands, be sure to kick off the weekend in style with all your favourite tracks performed by the city’s best up-and-coming talent.

25 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786
The Power Of Compassion | Manchester Museum | Sun 14 May | 6pm - 8pm

Witness the Tibetan Monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery create a peace mandala at the Manchester Museum this Sunday evening as they present chants, mantras and music to open a window to the world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism.

Seeking to evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet – a sacred experience of an ancient culture accessible to everyone – this event is sure to be unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Mon 8 May - Sun 14 May
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Tue 9 May 2023