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Things To Do In MCR This Weekend (20-22 Feb)

The best things to do in Manchester this weekend including Chinese New Year events

Published on February 20th 2015.

Things To Do In MCR This Weekend (20-22 Feb)

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS | City Centre Wide | 19 Feb-22 Feb

Manchester will welcome in 2015's Year of the Ram with one of the city's biggest and most colourful Chinese New Year celebrations ever with over 100,000 people expected. You may have already spotted the thousands of red lanterns adorning the city streets in preparation for the big celebration; the weekend's festivities will include a light shows, a Chinese street food market, music, film, martial arts and the increasingly popular Dragon Parade and fireworks finale - see here for more details

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SUN XUN: PUBLIC SCREENING | CFCCA in St Ann's Church | 19-21 Feb

One of China's most talented up-and-comers, Sun Xun's What Happened In The Year Of The Dragon will have its UK premiere projected onto the side of St Ann's Church in the city centre as part of Manchester's Chinese New Year celebrations - see here

CORNERHOUSE PROJECTS: FULL STOP | The Cornerhouse | 19 Feb - 2 April

Cornerhouse is coming to an end; full stop. Yet while a full stop denotes the end of a sentence, not necessarily the end of a conversation, and this conversation is far from over as the theatre begins it transition to HOME. In the last ever Cornerhouse Project, the theatre and gallery will hand over its public exhibition spaces to its gallery invigilators, who know the building and its galleries inside out - more here

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BRIT award and Mercury prize-winner, Beth Orton, is to lead the Wall of Sounds Artistic Directors Series, and will collaborate on new material with thirteen specially selected up-and-coming female musicians during a week-long residency at Band on the Wall. On 20 February, Beth and the resident participants will perform the fruits of the week’s work live at a special finale event - more here

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The incredible wordsmith comes to Manchester for the first time on his first national tour with his live band. George The Poet is one of the most unique new artists to emerge in the UK in recent years. He has regularly appeared on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky TV, blending poetry, rap and social commentary to hypnotic effect - over four million people have watched him on YouTube. The poet will be performing in the direlict Rusholme mansion with the talented house band, Riot Jazz, for a stunning one off performance - details here

AUDIO REHAB | Gorilla | Sat 21 Feb

Cutting-edge label, Audio Rehab, the brainchild of the highly influential RinseFM DJ and producer Mark Radford, have now made a move into the nightclub scene - more here

THE MIST IN THE MIRROR | Oldham Coliseum | Until Sat 21 Feb

Adapted from the writer of The Woman in Black, this tense and atmospheric new production is an otherworldly mystery that leaves a terrifying eeriness suspended in the air. The final showings are this weekend - tickets here

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