Our Guide to Manchester’s After Hours

Manchester After Hours is back on Thursday 18 May. For one night you can expect to find unusual and one off collaborations as Manchester’s venues throw open their doors for the evening.

To get you in the festival mood, we bring you our guide to the evening:

We would start our evening at Manchester Museum. Here you can take an exclusive look at its major new exhibition, “Object Lessons”. You will be able to find on display pieces from the private collection of George Loudon, an art collector fascinated by 19th century life science teaching objects. After a quick sugar boost courtesy of The Cafe At The Museum, we would then head along to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. In the beautiful surroundings of the house you will find Manchester’s finest writers and live performers who will be presenting work in response to the living history of the house.

Back over on Oxford Road at the Whitworth you can party the night away to the sounds of NTS Radio before catching one of the TfGM’s free Metroshuttle route 2 buses where the party continues. Aboard the buses you can enjoy live performances arranged by music promoter Hey! Manchester.


Personally, we would hop off at The John Rylands Library. Breaking the Sound Barrier: The Delia Derbyshire Legacy will feature unpredictable, evocative and extraordinary performances by two female artists whose sound and method echoes that of Delia Derbyshire’s pioneering work with the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop.

Walk up Deansgate and head towards The National Football Museum. Here you can expect to find cocktails and live Samba music as the the museum celebrates it’s next major exhibitions: Pele, Art, Life, Football.

Practically next door, you can find a coupling of cutting-edge music with the city centre’s oldest building. From 7.30pm at The Chethams Library, Soup Kitchen have programmed an experimental electronics installation.

From here head up to the Northern Quarter where you have a whole host of events to get involved in. We will be making a stop at Manchester Craft & Design Centre where there will be a showcase of art, music and performance inspired by Alan Menken (the Oscar winning musical theatre and film composer!). We will then venture over to Fred Aldous to get stuck in with their evening of free workshops and activities. The 3D portraits sound very promising!

With events taking place at The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Art Gallery, The Central Library, CFCCA and also an exciting Art Walk taking place, the possibilities are endless! You can find the full line up of the night here.

All events are free to drop in unless stated otherwise.

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