Museums at Night is a nation-wide event running from 13th-16th May, and tonight it’s Manchester’s turn to show off the best that the city has to offer with Manchester After Hours. Venues all over the city will be opening up this evening for showcases of art, music and more. Many of these events are free, and a full list can be found here. So if you have a free evening, why not come of check some of these out?
At MOSI, Video Jam will be showing new films made up of footage uncovered in the museum’s archives, set to specially written new music, including pieces by young Manchester composer James Sheen. Down in Salford Quays Poet Laurate Andrew Motion will be at the Imperial War Museum to perform a new, one-off work paying tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombings, together with a screening of the short film An All-Encompassing Light. Meanwhile, Gallery Oldham is inviting visitors to help them build a massive light sculpture to fill up the entire gallery. The Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Central Library and the Portico Library will all be open late as well for performances by local artists, talks and exhibitions.
If you feel it’s too nice an evening to stay inside for long, you can follow Bad Language and the City around the centre of Manchester to hear a series of interweaving stories at different venues. Along the way. you might discover events at some perhaps more unexpected places, particularly in the Northern Quarter. Look out for a Jazz records festival at Stevenson Square’s Eastern Bloc, painting and photography at Fred Aldous and a brass band and choir performing at the top of the NPC car park!
More Museums at Night events are happening on Friday, such as the Mythical Beasts Sleepover at John Rylands Library which sounds like a fantastic family treat, and a silent disco amid brand new exhibits at the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery. Elsewhere in the North West on Friday, Liverpool Light Night includes events at The World Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and plenty of other places.