Welcome to May, where we’ve all started this week right with another bank holiday. As we edge yet another month closer to summer, there are still shedloads of great free things you can get stuck into.

From sustainable swap shops to live poetry and everything else in between, check out our rundown of the best free things to do in Manchester this week.

Mirror to the Mind Swapshop | Manchester Metropolitan University | Wed 4 May | 12pm-4pm

Fancy a brand new Spring/Summer wardrobe at the same time as doing a proper clothes sort out that won’t cost you a single penny?

Look no further as MMU is putting on a super cool and quirky swapshop that encourages people to bring in their pre-loved garments to swap around to your heart’s content! With an emphasis on keeping fashion sustainable, ethical and fun, this is a brilliant way to break up the week.

53 Bonsall Street, Hulme M15 6GX, Tel: 0161 247 2646
Wild Relatives | The Whitworth | Wed 4 May | 6.30pm-8.30pm

Part of the ‘Plant Futures’ programme hosted in The Whitworth’s grand hall is a brilliant screening of the independent film Wild Relatives by Jumana Manna.

Following the geopolitical journeys of horticulture, seeds and biodiversity, this screening seamlessly blends together the inherent link between land and materiality in relation to colonial inheritances and histories of place.

Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450
Casa Ceramica | Material Source Studio | Thu 5 May | 6pm-9.30pm

Head to the über cool Material Source Studio this Thursday for a lovely little evening centred around the interesting history of the design project that is Mutina and who the artists are.

Follow the launch of some brand-new architectural and interior design collections alongside some free welcome drinks and refreshments, a lovely way to spend a Thursday night.

1 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF
Jenny Mitchell | Manchester Poetry Library | Thu 5 May | 7pm-8pm

Manchester Poetry Library has some brilliant stuff coming up this season, starting off with prize-winning poet Jenny Mitchell this Thursday.

Reading from her two critically-acclaimed works Her Lost Language and Map of a Plantation, Jenny will also challenge the history of literary discourse in her latest project by re-telling the story of Jane Eyre from the perspective of a free woman of colour in the 19th century.

Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Queering the Romcom | SODA Building | Fri 6 May | 5pm-7.30pm

The second free film screening of the week, Touch of Pink, is sure to get you feeling nostalgic. The iconic rom-com will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with director and screenwriter Ian Iqbal Rashid, Dr Alberto Fernandez-Carbajal and Dr Sarah Ilott.

Focussing on the genre within South Asian diasporic, Muslim and LGBT+ contexts alongside the intersecting issues of race, migration, sexuality, gender and faith, this will be like a screening you’ve never experienced before.

Room G.12, Higher Chatham Street, Manchester M15 6ED, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Sat 2 Apr - Fri 8 Apr
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 2 May 2022