With the leaves turning brown and big coats threatening to make a return, there are still tonnes of fantastic free things to check out.

From DJ parties in the basement of one of the city’s favourite Vietnamese eateries to an entire orchestral concert – we’ve most definitely got you covered for free things to do in Manchester this week.

Here’s the rundown…

My Words: The Launch | Manchester Poetry Library | Wed 14 Sep | 6pm - 9.30pm

Check out the UK’s first hybrid digital exhibition showcasing poets of colour over 250 years at the Manchester Poetry Library. Feast your eyes on some incredible commissioned portraits of over 30 amazing poets, past and present and enjoy a whole evening of live performance.

From award-winning guitarist and composer Aziz Ibrahim to Keisha Thompson, poet and CEO of Contact Theatre – make your Wednesday a little more special this week.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor Building, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Lotus | NAM | Thu 15 Sep | 7pm - 11pm

Spruce up your Thursday this week at Ancoats’ favourite Vietnamese joint and audiophile bar for the stellar music evening, Lotus.

The programme sees a panel of Womxn in R&B hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Future Soul presenter and singer-songwriter, Victoria Jane, quizzing the likes of Pip Millett, The KTNA, and Robin Knightz.

Following the discussion will be a lovely lineup of cracking selectors featuring Zèyla, Katbrownsugar and Mix-Stress.

All about uplifting and supporting talented womxn from Manchester’s music scene and beyond – be sure to rock up, sip on a complimentary drink and soak in the city’s local R&B scene.

Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ, Tel: 0161 637 2720
HOPE 2022 | The Stoller Concert Hall | Sat 17 Sep | From 5pm

Give the pubs and clubs a rest this weekend and head to The Stoller Hall for an amazing gospel concert featuring classical and contemporary renditions with beautiful orchestrations to match.

Delight in the grandeur of stunning venue and take in a different side of the buzzing live music scene that Manchester this proud to offer.

Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA, Tel: 0333 130 0967
Poetry Night | Manchester Museum | Sun 18 Sep | 5.30pm - 9pm

End your week in style down at the Manchester Museum for a short and sweet evening about all things words.

Centred around bringing together spoken word with social action, join Our Shared Cultural Heritage Collective for a cracking evening of poetry revolving around subjects of identity, representation, activism and race.

Support the city’s community-orientated art scene, meet some new people and sit back and enjoy some of the poignant poetry Manchester has to offer.

Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 2648
Mon 12 Sep - Sun 18 Sep
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sun 11 Sep 2022