As January finally comes to an end, there are still plenty of fantastic free things to do in Manchester this week to close out what feels like the longest month of all time.

From powerful readings at the Manchester Poetry Library to a cracking old-school car boot sale over at the Carlton Club – we’ve most definitely got you covered for the best things to do in the city that’ll save you some pennies…

Gentrification is Class War | HOME | Mon 30 Jan | From 10am

Check out artist Tara Collette’s brand-new solo exhibition all about exploring the impact of gentrification in the city of Manchester.

The photography series highlights the difference between gentrification and regeneration and reflects on the impact it has on communities as well as acting as a direct provocation to the current housing crisis the city is facing.

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Some Days I Feel Triangle | New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery | Tue 31 Jan | 5pm - 7.30pm

Head over to an exhibition launch brought to you by the Salford Youth Council this Tuesday geared around the curious exploration of positive social action, health and well-being through art and photography.

This exhibition is a great place to meet the city’s local art scene, have a natter with some complimentary refreshments and even have a stab at making your own badges.

New Adelphi Building, University of Salford University Road, West Salford M5 4BR, Tel: 0161 295 5000
In the City | Manchester Central Library | Wed 1 Feb | 6.15pm - 7.30pm

Swing by the grand walls of the Manchester Central Library this Wednesday for an excellent talk by photographer Richard Davis.

Have a look through the varied collection of Manchester images; from the days of Madchester all the way through to more modern cultural happenings – this is sure to show you the city in a whole new light.

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: St Peter's Square Manchester M2 5PD
Kukutis in the Dark | Manchester Poetry Library | Thu 2 Feb | 6pm - 8pm

If you fancy something a little different to break up the week then look no further than the Manchester Poetry Library.

Funded by the Lithuanian Culture Institute, this event is an incredible adaptation of The Ballads of Kukutis – a famed poem sequence by one of Lithuania’s leading poets, Marcelijus Martinaitis, written amidst the final days of Soviet rule in Lithuania.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor East Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Rummage in the Range | Carlton Club | Sat 4 Feb | 10am - 3pm

Kick off your weekend in wholesome style at Whalley Range’s hub of all things community. Taking over the Carlton Club for its first event of 2023, Rummage in the Range is finally back and ready to show south Manchester a good time.

A proper old-school car boot sale – be sure to go along whether it’s for a browse, a chat or to support the club. Donations are accepted upon entrace.

113 Carlton Road, Whalley Range
, Manchester 
M16 8BE, Tel: 07858 712745
Antics Clubnight x Soulwax Spezial | YES | Sat 4 Feb | 11pm - 4am

Bring in February the right way over at the iconic Pink Room at YES for a collab night between Antics and Soulwax.

With alternative electronic bangers playing all through the night, come along to groove out to all your favourite tracks from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Peggy Gou, Four Tet and many more…

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Mon 30 Jan - Sun 5 Feb
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sat 28 Jan 2023