The after-hours festival returns this month, with a host of events to charm visitors through the doors of our museums, galleries and heritage sites. Influential artist and sculptor Richard Wentworth heads up the events, promising mystery bus tours and an exhibition curated in just one night (see Lost and Found). For full listings, head to Culture24. Running from Thursday (16 May) to Saturday (18 May), here are three to check out.

Lost And Found: Richard Wentworth’s ‘people’s museum’

With Richard Wentworth (pictured) on board, Whitworth Art Gallery opens its doors for a unique show of Mancunians precious objects. Members of the public are invited donate items they’ve collected to Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday (16 May) for the chance to be part of this unique ‘people’s museum’ show which opens on Friday evening. Curious and unusual objects are particularly welcome.

Fri 17 May, Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, M15 6ER, Tel: 0161 275 7450, 7pm – 10pm, FREE,

Protest Music Festival

People’s History Museum hosts an evening programme tracing the role of music in the history of protests over the past two centuries. The evening sees performances from poet Longfella, aka Tony Walsh, and local musician Quiet Loner, who kicks off proceedings with ‘the making of a protest album (in 5 easy steps)’; a performance based on his 2012 release Greedy Magicians. Continuing the protest theme, there is also an interactive ‘sit-in’ featuring rapper Envy. Crowning the event is a live set from Get Cape Wear Cape Fly (see full preview).

Sat 18 May, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, M3 3ER, Tel: 0161 838 9190, 3pm -8pm, FREE,

Casuals – An Evening with Cass Pennant

One for the football fans: The National Football Museum welcomes writer and former football hooligan Cass Pennant for an exclusive interview and Q&A, followed by a screening of his new film, Casuals. As a significant figure in the Casuals movement, Cass documents its impact on the dress codes of the nation. Visitors can indulge further in the materialistic side of the sport with the museum’s Strike A Pose exhibition; a collection of photos an items that bring Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter’s book The Fashion of Football to life (see our preview). Book in advance to guarantee entry.

Fri 17 May, National Football Museum, Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, M4 3BG. Tel: 0161 870 9275, talk 6pm – 9.30pm, FREE (register here),

Fri 17 May - Sat 18 May
Hannah Phillips
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Mon 13 May 2013