As we power through March there are still shedloads of proper good things to do in the city that will help you save some cash for summer.

From some superb spoken word at the Manchester Museum to a night out in a basement boasting one of the city’s best sound systems – check out our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

Women + Archives | Hat Works Museum | Wed 15 March | 3pm - 5pm

As a belated celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, this event gathers makers, researchers and creatives from a range of disciplines to examine what women mean to archives today.

Speakers working across the region will exhibit their work and examine the lasting legacy of women in archives in the hopes to bring new perspectives to historical records.

Wellington Road South, Stockport SK3 0EU, Tel: 0161 474 2399
Cyanotype Workshop | New Adelphi | Thu 16 Mar | 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on and crafty this Thursday at Salford’s New Adelphi for a free workshop on all things cyanotype – the slow reacting light sensitive photographic process which produces a striking blue image.

Leader Lizzie King will explain how people can use plastics to create subtle imagery, raising awareness around the issues of single-use plastics and finding ways of giving them a creative second life.

University Road, Salford M5 4BR, Tel: 0161 295 5000
Deadline Exhibition | Islington Mill | Fri 17 Mar | 6pm - 10pm

Last call to catch the Deadline exhibition over at Islington Mill, illuminating the parallel worlds of Manchester-based artists, Eva Remmel and Mikk Jager.

Incredible light installations and sound performances will power the evening on with an emphasis of bringing to light the artists’ musing, curiosity and questions.

Unit 2, Islington Mill Regent Trading Estate, Oldfield Rd Salford M5 4DE, Tel: 0161 278 6404
Farah Ahmad Khan | Manchester Museum | Sat 18 Mar | 4.30pm - 5pm

Part of the RhythmXchange Festival, head to Oxford Road’s Manchester Museum and join Queen of Verse, Farah Ahmad Khan for a unique spoken word performance based on rhythm.

Farah uses her humanitarian experiences to write, perform, empower, and educate across a whole array of educational platforms. Keeping it short and sweet at just half an hour long, this event is a great way to start your Saturday evening.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Haseeb Iqbal | NAM | Sat 18 Mar | 7pm - 2am

Rock up to Ancoat’s favourite audiophile hub, NAM, this Saturday to catch the exciting return of broadcaster, DJ, former Worldwide FM resident and poet Haseeb Iqbal.

He’ll be fusing an array of his favourite genres – jazz, soul and dub, old and new. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready for a full night of grooving to the coolest jams about.

Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ, Tel: 0161 637 2720
Mon 13 Mar - Sun 19 Mar
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 13 Mar 2023