The Manchester Weekender is almost here – your guide to events at The Lowry and beyond


The Manchester Weekender [Thu 11 – Sun14 October] is all about the best of Manchester and Salford’s art and culture. Here’s what’s on at The Lowry during that weekend, plus a few highlights around The Quays and elsewhere.

Stand-up comedy for kids! If you’re tired of your children’s ‘hilarious’ knock-knock routines, book them in for this one-off comedy workshop at The Lowry. In just 90 minutes, they’ll learn to write and perform sketches like a pro – and will be cracking you up by teatime. (Grown-ups can have a look round The Lowry’s latest exhibition, Comedians: From the 1940s to Now, while their children ‘work’.)

Unlocking Salford Quays 3-d paper sculpture – a practical kids workshop for your pint-sized would –be artists, designers and architects that takes this stunning post-industrial landscape as its inspiration.


Elsewhere on The Quays there are BBC North Behind the Scenes Tours (bookable only in advance – call 0370 901 1227 to book/quote ‘Creative Tourist offer’), Islington Mill on Tour, where the artists of Salford’s Islington Mill come and get down and loud with drop in screen printing, illustrations, DIY radio and other creative pleasures. Art and exhibition lovers are in for a treat with a one-day only screening of Hello? Can You Feel Me new works acquired by University of Salford from prize winning artists Mark Leckey and Christian Marclay. IWM North opens its new exhibition Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict.

At The Lowry: here you can see the Comedians exhibition, watch Library Theatre Company’s production of Richard Bean’s black comedy The Heretic, join stand-up Stewart Francis, in his new show Outstanding in his Field or head out in to the unknown for Borderline Vultures, theatre in a secret location courtesy of Salford’s own Happystorm Theatre part of InOnTheAct Festival of experimental theatre.

Saturday film club for families Meanwhile over in Manchester, the world’s first railway warehouse is setting and inspiration for MOSI’s one-off, pop-up cinema: on Saturday 13 October, try retro-tastic Back to the Future III or Steamboy, a ‘steampunk’ Japanese anime that tells the story of a 13 year-old inventor (from Manchester, no less) who saves the Industrial-Revolution day.

Sunday classic cinema for families Return to the world’s first railway warehouse for screenings of classic films in this most atmospheric of settings. Young and old alike will love The Railway Children, Cary Grant in retro adventure, North by Northwest or the beautiful Days of Heaven.

The Manchester Weekender isn’t all about families, though: there’s plenty on for adults too. One of our favourite events is Songs of the Caged Bird at the People’s History Museum, a powerful new song-cycle commissioned by Manchester Jazz Festival, written by composer-pianist George King, and performed by arguably Manchester’s finest jazz diva, Doreen Edwards. It takes Maya Angelou’s seminal book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, as its starting point and sets original recorded speech samples from the American Civil Rights Movement against a piano and string accompaniment. Unusually, you can either go along just for the concert, take a guided walk beforehand, have supper at the Museum, or try all three.

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