‘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 February
1-29 Chinese New Year
28 (to 16 Mar World Book Day & International Women’s Day
6-26 Viva! Spanish Latin American Festival
7-17 Manchester Irish Festival
8 Conversations with Roddy Doyle
14 March for Veterans
14 Rain Dance Colour Festival

to 1 Mar Cezanne at the Whitworth
14 Mar Absence & Absinthe Photopoetry
to 29 Mar The Sun
to 19 Apr Louise Giovanelli
to 20 Apr Art of the Brick
to 7 Jun Strip: How Football got Shirty
20 Mar (to 10 May) Digital Soft Bodies

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