Valentine’s Day is on Sunday – this is your reminder! Whether the special day fills your heart with joy or if you’d rather avoid the whole thing entirely, there are lots of free online events to keep you entertained whatever your opinion. We’ve put together the best free things to do from home this week, which includes film streams from The Modernist Film Unit, Valentine’s Day poetry from Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and more…

Films on Manchester's architecture | The Modernist Film Unit | Ongoing

This set of short films focuses on Manchester’s pre-1945 architecture. The videos offer fascinating insights into some of Manchester’s most famous buildings, including Kendal, Milne & Co. (now House of Fraser) and the Daily Express Building on Great Ancoats Street. There’s five to choose from, and each offer short, precise explorations of our local history.

Dust: a new production by Half Moon Theatre and Z-arts | Sat 13 Feb | 10am

This one is perfect for 4-9 year olds. Dust is a brand-new production about two friends who meet in a giant pink house shrouded in dust. Written by award winning children’s author Laura Dockrill, this recently filmed performance by Half Moon Theatre and Z-arts is perfect for younger ones in need of something new to watch during lockdown.

Earth, but Not As We Know It | Manchester Science Festival | Sat 13 Feb | 7:30pm

This is one of the first events in the annual Manchester Science Festival. Here, an expert panel respond to a new thoughts from James Lovelock, the 101-year old scientist behind the Gaia Hypothesis which suggests that all organic and non-organic life on Earth evolved as one single entity. The event explores the future of our planet, and there’s chance to have your say as well. Explore more free Manchester Science Festival events here.

Valentine's Day Poetry with Afshan D'souza-Lodhi | Sun 14 Feb | 7pm – 8pm

As part of their LGBTQ+ History Month celebrations, Manchester Libraries presents a specially commissioned video by poet Afshan D’souza-Loudi (Channel 4, BBC) that explores her experiences of falling in love as a queer Muslim woman. An important event that promises beautiful, powerful poetry on Valentine’s Day.

Mon 8 Feb - Sun 14 Feb
Hugh Morris
Published on:
Mon 8 Feb 2021