As we get closer and closer to the end of the first month of 2022, there are still heaps of cracking free things to throw yourself into. From bouldering sessions to book launches to musicals—there is plenty of variety this week.

Here’s the rundown…

2022 Banner Exhibition | People’s History Museum | From Sat 22 Jan | From 10am

Head down to the People’s History Museum this weekend and join a spectacular march through time, traversing the journeys of rights and equality in Britain. Covering the most memorable moments and groundbreaking events of the past—the museum’s 2022 Banner Exhibition explores history in a brand new and totally immersive way.

Featuring the Nuclear Disarmament banner from the 80s, the Withington Against the Poll Tax banner from the 90s and, from all the way back in 1910, the Suffrage Atelier banner.

Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER, Tel: 0161 838 9190
Open Mic Night | GRUB | Wed 19 Jan | 7pm - 10pm

Fancy a mid-week injection of local live music? Look no further as GRUB’s iconic Open Mic Night is sure to deliver. Brought to you by Buzzin’ Sounds, this is a great opportunity to celebrate and support the city’s local and independent music scene.

To see six talented musicians, recline with two hours of fantastic live music, try out GRUB’s amazing street food and wash it all down with one of their independent beers—be sure to get yourself over to Red Bank and make your Wednesday the new Friday.

50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill M4 4HF, Tel: 0161 302 3084
WIN, LOSE, KILL, DIE Book Launch | Blackwell's Bookshop | Fri 21 Jan | 6.30pm-8.30pm

If you like your Young Adult Thrillers then author Cynthia Murphy’s brand-new book, WIN, LOSE, KILL, DIE is definitely going to be next on your reading list. Featuring a secondary school slasher—the tale invites readers to immerse themselves into Morton Academy and attempt to figure out who this lethal figure is.

With a wine reception, the lovely opportunity to meet the author herself and even get a copy of the book signed—be sure to head to the University Green and end the working week a little bit differently this Friday.

146 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9GP, Tel: 0161 274 3331
JULIE | 53two | Fri 21 Jan | 7.30pm-9pm

Hosted by 53two, be amazed by this incredible musical concert, JULIE, which follows the amazing life and times of the historical and iconic LGBTQ+ figurehead, Julie D-Aubigny. Following all her mayhem and chaotic adventures, this musical goes deep into Julie’s life covering her many escapades including burning down convents, seducing nuns and duelling men.

Set to hit the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022 as the headlining performance, be sure to see this production in Manchester while you still can!

Arch 19, Watson Street, Manchester M3 4LP, Tel: 07432 198724
Go Bouldering | Depot Climbing Manchester | Thurs 20 Jan | 6.30pm-8.30pm

Led by an experienced bouldering coach, head to Depot Climbing for an evening of socialising, learning and, obviously, climbing. Whether you’re totally new to the activity or you just want to improve your confidence on the wall, this session will cater to all abilities.

Perfect for anyone whose New Year’s resolution was to be more active, why not try out a new activity? Who knows? It could end up being a brand new hobby!

14 Mosley Road, Stretford M17 1PG, Tel: 0161 848 9495
Mon 17 Jan - Sun 23 Jan
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 17 Jan 2022