With the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day behind us, I’m sure we’re all eager to save some extra cashola after all that Guinness.

From exhibition launches in the heart of Castlefield to Amapiano parties over at YES – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

40 Years of the Future: Painting | Castlefield Gallery | Wed 20 Mar | 7.30pm - 9pm

Swing by Castlefield Gallery after work this week to catch the exciting launch of its anniversary programme with 40 Years of the Future: Painting.

This show will welcome to the gallery large abstract paintings that were either shown or are representative of works exhibited in its first year of programming.

2 Hewitt St, Greater, Manchester M15 4GB, Tel: 0161 832 8034
Sketch & Cafe | Pollen Bakery | Thu 21 Mar | 10.30am - 12.30pm

Be sure to check out Sketch & Cafe this Thursday morning at Pollen Bakery’s KAMPUS site.

With all abilities welcomed, swing by and meet up with other like-minded creatives in the city for a chat, chill and sketch. The event is pay-as-you-feel, so if you can spare a couple of quid, you’re more than welcome to show your support.

42 Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3GL
Hybrid Futures | Salford Museum and Art Gallery | Thu 21 Mar | 5pm - 7pm

The cracking new launch of the group exhibition, Hybrid Futures, comes to Salford this Thursday — highlighting universal threats of climate change, informed and inspired by each participant’s own perspectives and backgrounds.

With a core ethos of exploring sustainability and the climate crisis, this collection brings together all the work from across the Hybrid Futures project which is all about spotlighting more sustainable ways of working.

Crescent, Salford M5 4WU, Tel: 0161 778 0800
The Manchester Translation Series | Manchester Poetry Library | Thu 21 Mar | 6.30pm - 8pm

Be sure to check out the second annual Manchester Translation Series, hosted by the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, this Thursday. The session features works from distinguished translator of nine languages Peter Constantine, and award-winning Modern Greek poet Eleni Kefala.

Expect poetry reading, a discussion on topics related to translation, visual art, multilingualism and an exploration of the roles literature holds in our current geopolitical moment.

Manchester Metropolitan University, Grosvenor East Building Cavendish Street Off All Saints Park, Oxford Road Manchester M15 6BG, Tel: 0161 247 2000
Tempo Shift Vol. 6: Amapiano x Afro-Techno | Fri 22 Mar | 11pm - 4pm

If you’ve not sorted your Friday evening plans yet then look no further than YES for Round 6 of the Tempo Shift dance experience.

Celebrating the intricacies of tradition and the current impacts of global expression in music taking the world by storm, Manchester-based DJ, Obeka, will be spinning all the best Amapiano, Afro-Techno and AfroHouse from the late night until the early hours.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7BD, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Mon 18 Mar - Sun 24 Mar
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 18 Mar 2024