The Big Event - The Manchester Weekender 2012
A long weekend of art, culture, music, film, food, festivals, literature, walks, politics, poetry, photography, theatre and spectacle. (11-14 October 2012). These are a series of one-off, intimate and often unusual events that sum up the city, placing international artists, musicians, festivals and writers into some of the city's most beautiful settings.
From performance art to pop-up cinema, from music premieres to intimate gigs, from superstar authors to Britain's best bloggers, from art exhibitions to secret theatre, The Manchester Weekender features dozens of events and hundreds of artists - in some of the city's most iconic and historic spaces. For full event listings visit here.
Gig – Cheryl Cole at Manchester Arena
This Saturday’s date will be Cheryl's first Manchester Arena appearance since opening The Black Eyed Peas' two sold-out shows in May 2010. What to expect? Well as Ed Power (Telegraph) commented after seeing Cheryl at the O2 Arena in Dublin recently, ‘pop shows at this level are as much about the ravishing outfits and gratuitous torso-baring as the actual songs.’ Alas if seeing show girl Cheryl is more important to you than hearing her sing, book your £35 tickets here now.
Out And About - 1910 Bike Ride
This is a tour of the city on two wheels. Guides Emma Fox and Kate Dibble uncover the remnants of the early 20th century: the ‘war to end all wars’, Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Park Village, and Manchester United’s move to Old Trafford, pedalling along two of Manchester’s most significant canals to the Imperial War Museum North.
Particpants must bring their own bike and lock and expect to cycle on road and occasionally narrow/muddy track. Adults and accompanied teens should meet at Victoria Station entrance at 10.30am on Sunday 14 October. Tickets cost £5 per person and are available here.
Club - Rich Reason At Underdog (Black Dog Ballroom NWS)
Need to shake off the week? Underdog’s regular Friday night DJ, Rich Reason, will have you shaking it like a Polaroid picture in no time with his blend of disco, funk and soul tunes from the 60s and 70s. Entrance is free. 11-13 New Wakefield Street, City, M1 5NP.
Tour – Behind The Scenes At BBC North
Want to know what goes on behind closed doors at the new home of the BBC? See where some BBC favourites are made and make your own TV production in the interactive studio on Saturday 13 October, thanks to the Manchester Weekender - see above. Open to anyone aged 9 and up, with special tours for families with kids aged 6-11. To book call and quote ‘Creative Tourist offer’ £8.50/ £7.25/ £5.75.
Shopping - The Vintage Village, Stockport
Stockport's own international icon of glamour, Sabrina, is the poster girl for this Sunday’s vintage fair in Stockport’s covered market hall. For those who don’t know, Sabrina was a 1950s glamour model/actress known for being one of the most photographed women of her era. Now living the high life in Hollywood, Sabrina’s glam squad will be helping The Vintage Village present a fitting tribute to her enduring star power this weekend.
Stockport's magnificent market hall will also be full of the usual stalls heaving with genuine vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, homeware, decor, furniture, luggage, textiles, collectables and curios.
The Vintage Village takes place on Sunday 14 October from 10am – 4pm at Stockport covered market hall, SK1 1EU. Entry costs £1 per person and under 12s go free. Click here for more information.
Food - Harvey Nichols
Harvey Nichols Brasserie has a great autumn menu on the go. The elegant space on the second floor has cracked it with some equally elegant food. For a cheeky little plate grab the crab fritters at £6.25. These are moist and exquisite with the crab very evident but also lots of clever little tricks going on with the beetroot and the lush plum and ginger jam. For something a little larger, then the main of fish and chips is one of the best in the region and costs £13.50. It will fill you though. Harvey Nichols, 21 Cathedral Approach, City, M1 1AD.
Club – Fatboy Slim at Sankeys
Norman Cook’s alter ego, Fatboy Slim, is coming to Manchester this Friday, 12 October. Bringing a special ensemble of guests with him, the dance lord and his crew will be raising the roof from 10pm – 5am. Want to see a true superstar DJ on the decks? Buy your tickets to see Fatboy Slim and special guests here, priced £20. 4 Radium Street, City, M4 6AY.
Art - The First Cut
Jaw-droppingly beautiful art made from paper to delight and enthral. In this wonderful exhibition thirty one international artists cut, sculpt and manipulate paper to create astonishing visions that vary in scale from a walk-through forest of paper to miniature and captivating worlds and paper birds. This recommended for both adults and children. Free. Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, City, M2 3JL.
Film – Pop-up Cinema, MOSI
As part of the Manchester Weekender, the Museum of Science and Industry’s 1830 warehouse is hosting a pop-up cinema for all the family. Films to be shown include Back To The Future III (PG) and The Railway Children (U). For full listings, prices and times, please click here.
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