After a lovely mini heatwave over the weekend, it’s clear that we’re all yearning for the summer spirit and to keep that feeling going, there are heaps of cracking things to do around the city that will help you save those pennies.

From immersive exhibitions part of the Chorlton Arts Festival to a poetry listening party over at the Manchester Poetry Library – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

My Words Listening Party | Manchester Poetry Library | Tue 16 May | 6pm - 8pm

Head to the Manchester Poetry Library this Tuesday evening for an exclusive showcase of specially audio-recorded poems by nine talented Northern poets for the Museum of Colour and Manchester Poetry Library’s archives.

Featured wordsmiths include the likes of Kit Fan, Khadijah Ibrahiim, Shamshad Khan, Cheryl Martin, Shirley May, Rommi Smith, Basir Sultan Kazmi, Keisha Thompson and Reece Williams.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Building Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 6106
POSH | Manchester Metropolitan University | Tue 16 May | 9pm - 10.15pm

Go and support some local fringe theatre down at Manchester Metropolitan’s Grosvenor East Theatre for POSH – a gender-bent perspective on Oxford’s all-male elite dining society uncovering the dangers that masculinity can hold.

Performed by third-year students of Drama and Contemporary Performance at Manchester School of Theatre – this is a great way to catch a fantastic indie production whilst also supportive the local arts scene.

Grosvenor East Theatre, Cavendish St, Manchester M15 6BR, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Hallé Art Club | Hallé at St Michael's | Thu 18 May | 6pm - 7.30pm

Swing by Ancoats this Thursday evening for a free monthly arts and crafts workshop for young people aged 16-19 years old inspired by the Hallé archive.

All about getting creative with a whole variety of artistic techniques from photography and audio-recording to painting and even zine-making – this is sure a fantastic opportunity to create something fascinating from the impressive 165-year history of the Hallé Orchestra.

36-38 George Leigh Street, Ancoats M4 5DG, Tel: 0161 312 2068
Superbia Cinema: Sauvage | Cultplex | Thu 18 May | From 6pm

Presented by Superbia Cinema over at Cheetham Hill’s über cool Cultplex cinema, be sure to grab tickets to catch Camille Vidal-Naquet’s Sauvage which follows the journey of 22-year-old sex worker Leo who has a longing for love.

Perfect for film enthusiasts, Superbia Cinema is a community-powered celebration of queer filmmaking that aims to uplift the work of talented LGBTQ+ creatives.

50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF, Tel: 0161 302 3084
Elluse | 617 Wilbraham Road | Sun 21 May | From 11am - 10pm

Catch Elluse’s art exhibition as part of this year’s Chorlton Arts Festival featuring a whole array of works on large canvases alongside a House DJ.

Elluse seeks to explore many different mediums of creativity and interrogates what it means to conform as both people and as artists.

617 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AW
Mon 15 May - Sun 21 May
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 15 May 2023