Lockdown the second time around certainly is a little trickier with the much more limited daylight hours and lack of outdoor options – but there are still loads of great online events to tune in to from some of Manchester’s coolest venues. We’ve rounded up the best free things to do at home this week, including a fascinating seminar on food’s colonial past and present from the John Rylands Library and a festive craft pop-up on Instagram from a few Manc artisans.

Murray McLachlan Live Stream | Stoller Hall | Wed 18 Nov | 7.30pm - 8.30pm

As part of the Stoller Hall’s Around The World in 80 Concerts series, pianist Murray McLachlan will bring together all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas. Spanning his early and mid career, they’re regarded as one of the most important collections of works in the history of music – so if you’re a classical music fan, take this opportunity to tune in and enjoy from home.

Partisan Collective General Meeting | Thu 19 Nov | 7pm - 8.30pm

While a lot of Partisan Collective’s usual activity has come to a halt due to lockdown, they’ve still got a lot in the works – they recently announced a move to Islington Mill, after all. Their General Meeting is a chance for members and potential members to get involved with the planning and execution of what Partisan do, so if their work is something you’re interested in finding out more about, why not join their no-pressure Zoom meeting to get a taste?

Let's Talk About Food | John Rylands Library | Thu 19 Nov | 11am - 12pm

Gain an insight into the food adventures of European settler colonists in the Americas from Dr Rachel Winchcombe in this In Conversation film with a live Q&A. Plant scientist Amanda Bamford will join Dr Winchcombe to discuss how foods experienced by these settler colonists are now shaping debates about sustainability and environmental change. It promises to be a fascinating look at how the past is inextricably linked to the present even in something as apparently mundane and everyday as food.

Astrology Workshop | lululemon & My Tribal Alchemy | Thu 19 Nov | 7pm - 8pm

Ange from My Tribal Alchemy hosts this astrology workshop live on Zoom in collaboration with lululemon Manchester. She’ll talk you through how to map the transition from 2020 to 2021, and how astrology can be a part of this mapping process and provide some real insight into the decisions we may make in our daily lives.

Festive Pop-Up Market | Sat 21 Nov | 10am - 5pm

A couple of crafty Manchester sellers are hosting their first festive pop-up of the season, live on Instagram. You can join sorreldesigns (a sustainable design brand), loud_earrings (a statement earring seller) and janewaylasers (a laser-cut homeware brand) all day on Instagram to get a look at some of their designs along with some special discounts!

Mon 16 Nov - Sun 22 Nov
Amy Callaghan
Published on:
Mon 16 Nov 2020