Feeling the January blues? Not to worry as Manchester is still bursting to the seams with a whole host of fantastic free events to really sink your teeth into. From DJ sets at Eastern Bloc Records to environmentally-conscious art exhibitions—check out our roundup of the best free events you can get involved in this week.

Here’s the rundown…

0161Underground | Eastern Bloc | Sat 15 Jan | 8pm-1.30am

Head to one of Manchester’s most renowned record stores for an all-night affair welcoming back the legendary 0161Underground to the decks. Eastern Bloc, one of the coolest record store-come bars in the city, will be throwing an epic evening full of funky House bangers and bops sure to make anyone get their groove on.

Whether you go for the music or stay for the vibes, this is definitely the place to be to kick off your weekend in the right way.

5A Stevenson Square, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1DN, Tel: 0161 228 6555
Pop Up Painting | Whitworth Locke | Sat 15 Jan | 7.30pm-10pm

As part of their Creativity Takes Courage programme, the stunning Whitworth Locke invites you to unleash your inner artist and throw yourself straight into some picturesque painting. Perfect for all abilities, head over to create your own Mancunian spin on the iconic Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.

With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass in the other, what’s not to love?

74 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6JD, Tel: 0161 823 0530
Mantle Exhibition | Castlefield Gallery | Sat 15 Jan | From 12pm

Take yourself to Castlefield Gallery this weekend for a debut showing of Jocelyn McGregor’s exhibition, Mantle. Featuring killer sculptures, wild animation and awe-inspiring installations—there’s certainly plenty to take in.

Inspired by the relationship between feminity with nature and domesticity, McGregor’s work invites you to ponder your own personal relationship with nature, along with the wider implications attached.

2 Hewitt Street, Manchester M15 4GB, Tel: 0161 832 8034
German Taster Session | Didsbury Parsonage | Mon 10 Jan | 6.30pm-7.30pm

Was learning a new language part of your New Year’s resolutions? If so, then this is definitely the one for you. In this free taster session, you’ll be invited to engage with your native German teacher and, hopefully, feel confident enough to pick up a few essential phrases that’ll help you introduce yourself and give you a solid foundation to continue your learning.

Whether you go to dust off those language learning cobwebs or just want to know how to order a kebab next time you’re in Berlin—this is a great opportunity to try out something a little different this week.

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Lane, Manchester M20 2RQ, Tel: 0161 445 7661
Longer Days | Manchester Central Library | Mon 10 Jan | 6pm-7.30pm

Start the week right with the book launch of author Fred Roy’s latest work, Longer Days. A cracking memoir filled with heartfelt anecdotes, heaps of history and fascinating social documentary—Roy’s work will give you a brand new perspective on life and the act of truly living.

From surviving through the Blitz to his triumphant activism work, this memoir champions the exuberance of youth and the invigoration of life, acting as a beautiful example of how we should all be leading our current lives.

St Peter's Square, Manchester M2 5PD, Tel: 0161 234 1983
Mon 10 Jan - Sun 16 Jan
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Sun 9 Jan 2022