‘Past, present and future can be seen – well, intimated, in the case of the future – living cheek by jowl all over the city’

Events coinciding with City or United home games in August
to 1 Sep Power UP
10/11 Caribbean Carnival
10/11 Subbuteo Skill Sessions
11 Afro BBQ Festival
16-18 From the Crowd: Peterloo Anniversary
17 MadLab Minecraft Architecture Workshop
17 Fake Festival
24/25 Manchester Pride
26 (to 7 Oct) Food & Drink Festival
3-6 GrimmFest
4-20 Manchester Literature Festival
5 Focus Tour: Art of Travel
5 The Smiths Walking Tour
5 (& 19, 26 & 23 Nov) Warehouse Project
5 Prosecco Festival
16-20 Manchester Oktoberfest
16-20 Folk Festival
19 Gothic Games Jam
19/20 For the Love of Horror Convention
26/27 CBBC, Cbeebies Event
26/27 Creepy Carnival
2 Focus Tour: Art of Clay
2 Vegan Winter Festival
9/10 Manchester Japanese Festival

to 18 Aug Eileen Simpson and Ben White: Open Music Archive
to 1 Sep School of Integration
to 8 Sep Stephenson’s Rocket Returns
to 15 Sep Ancient Textiles from the Andes
to 29 Sep Peterloo: Manchester’s Fight for Freedom
to 29 Sep Expect the Unexpected
to 27 Oct Football is Art
to 27 Oct And Breathe: Mindfulness in Art
to 3 Nov 14 Scientists who Shaped Our Lives
to 3 Nov Roy of the Rovers
to 10 Nov Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists
to 10 Nov Nordic Craft & Design
to 5 Jan 2020 Halima Cassell: Eclectica
to 5 Jan 2020 The Sun
to 19 Apr 2020 Louise Giovanelli
24 Aug to 1 Mar 2020 Cezanne at the Whitworth

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Manchester’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Time Out Manchester, Visit Manchester or Manchester Wire.
Other places to look at in Manchester:
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Manchester Cathedral
People’s History Museum
Whitworth Art Gallery

Comment and colour
“On Liverpool Road you’ll find the Museum of Science & Industry. It’s surprising they didn’t add ‘& Space’, because this must have the largest floor area of any museum outside London. My first impression was that it lacked cohesion. But the thing to do is to leave the first building, the Great Western Warehouse, until last. By then, you will have realised that the museum is not nearly as overwhelming as you might have feared.
“The National Football Museum also felt too big, and disorientating. Rewarding in places – it’s good to see the statue of Michael Jackson in a football context again – it is a disappointment in others. How can the café attached to such a place not offer Pukka Pies? But there’s plenty to enjoy, including some table games guaranteed to generate nostalgia – the section has its own kiosk for doling out old coins to feed the machines.
Manchester Art Gallery has more Hall of Fame entrants. If you like Lowry, this is the place for you. In Manchester they show Lowry alongside Adolphe Valette, his tutor. I’d say Valette was a better painter than a tutor and that the juxtaposition does neither any favours.”

(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. To read more on Manchester and 91 other places, order the book for £8 from