We’re just about over the long slog that is January and you’ll be chuffed to know there’s a whole bunch of stuff to do in and around the city that’ll help you save those pennies.

From a fantastic exhibition launch at The Portico Library to open decks parties over in the Northern Quarter – here’s our rundown for the best free things to do in Manchester this week…

Infamous: Opium, Silk, Tea and the Mission | The Portico Library | Thu 1 Feb | 5pm - 7pm

Be sure to catch the exhibition launch of Infamous: Opium, Silk, Tea and the Mission this week, curated by Iris Yau and all about the ins and outs of the British trade with China in the nineteenth century.

Have a look through all the historical paraphernalia and find out all about why tea, opium and silk were so lucrative and important to the expansion of the British Empire and the factories in Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire.

57 Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3HY, Tel: 0161 236 6785
Social & Open Decks for Females in the dance music industry | Stage and Radio | Thu 1 February | 7pm - 11pm

Head over to the attic of Stage and Radio this Thursday for an evening curated for the females of the Dance Music Industry – from DJ’s to creatives and producers, everyone is welcome to join for good music and social vibes.

This is a great opportunity to check out the local selector scene whilst also supporting a brilliant initiative.

43 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ
Honey Street Studio Launch Party | Honey Street | Fri 2 Feb | 6pm - 10pm

If you’re part of the local Mancunian creative scene then be sure to check out the exciting Honey Street Studio Launch Party this Friday night, where you can check out exhibits from the likes of Ruby Robinson, Luke Boland, Mitchell Severs, Hana Latif, Ian Wilkinson, Xavier Caballé & Sara Carpentieri.

All about combining the functionality of a studio with the adaptability of an event space, Honey Street offers an accommodating environment as flexible as the creative community it serves.

Attendees will be greeted with a complimentary drink on arrival and will get the chance to chow down some free pizza if you’re in need of a bit of an after-work scran to sweeten the deal.

16 Honey Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8RG
Tempo Shift Vol. 5: Amapiano x Afro-Techno | YES | Sat 3 Feb | 11pm - 4am

If you’ve not got your Saturday night plans sorted yet, look no further than YES for round 5 of this incredible dance experience.

Gather round to groove out to Manchester-based DJ Obeka as he shares his recent discoveries with Tempo Shift, identifying nomadic sonics stemming from the Caribbean and Trans-Atlantic cultures celebrating the intricacies of tradition and the current impacts of global expression in music taking the world by storm.

Complete with groundbreaking audio-visual design, film and bespoke projections for this show – this one is definitely not one you want to miss.

38 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7BD, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Manchester Open 2024 | HOME | Sun 4 Feb | From 12pm

Booking is now open for the Open Exhibition at HOME AKA the biggest celebration of Greater Manchester’s creative talent.

On from this Saturday until the end of April, the HOME Gallery walls will be filled with 480 artworks created by you, selected by a panel consisting of art experts and community representatives.

Open to all, those who already identify as artists and those who don’t, the Manchester Open brings together artwork including paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital and mixed media, video, audio and more.

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Mon 29 Jan - Sun 4 Feb
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 29 Jan 2024