Image credit: Oldham Coliseum

Theatre in Manchester

Adapted from the cult film by Mel Brooks, The Royal Exchange are set to delight with their Christmas musical – The Producers (until 26 January).

You really don’t get a better traditional Christmas panto than Oldham Coliseum. This year it’s Cinderella (until 6 Jan), one of our favourites, with all the ingredients you need for a magical experience.

Push Festival (11-26 Jan). Shake off those January blues and check out HOME’s two-week-long showcase of the most exciting film, theatre and visual art in the North West.

This January Rob Ward’s acclaimed tale of love and boxing heads to Moss Side Boxing Club for a special knock-out performance. Gypsy Queen (Moss Side Fire Station Boxing Club, 27 Jan).

Starring Kenneth Alan Taylor, A Different Way Home (Oldham Coliseum, 31 Jan - 9 Feb) tells a powerful story of prejudice, loss and love from two wildly different perspectives.

Symphonic Cinema: Stravinsky & Ravel

Music in Manchester

Witness first-hand the astonishing technique and uninhibited performance style of the most famous trombone player in the world, Christian Lindberg (Royal Northern College of Music, 8 Jan).

Following Adrianne Lenker’s latest solo record, Abysskiss, the Big Thief front-woman will be performing a special intimate show. Adrianne Lenker (YES, 17 Jan).

The BBC Philharmonic in association with The Bridgewater Hall presents a very special event marrying sound with vision, bringing classic works by two of the 20th century’s greatest composers to vivid musical and cinematic life. Symphonic Cinema: Stravinsky | Ravel (The Bridgewater Hall, 19 Jan).

One of the country’s most acclaimed and recognised trios performs Shostakovich’s Second Piano Trio and Sally Beamish’s Piobaireachd. Gould Piano Trio & Robert Plane (The Stoller Hall, 22 Jan).

Mali natives Songhoy Blues (Band on the Wall, 23 Jan) are bringing their blend of African rhythms and vocals with blues guitar traditions. A perfect way to dance off the post-Christmas blues.

Field Music (IWM North, 24 Jan) are bringing an original piece of music and animation to Imperial War Museum North as part of the Making A New World exhibition.

Massive Attack (Manchester Arena, 29 Jan) will bring their Mezzanine XX1 tour to Manchester, re-imagining their classic album, twenty years on from its release.

The Ground Beneath Your Feet

Exhibitions in Manchester

For his solo show at PAPER, Manchester-based artist Jack Brown presents an exhibition of new works on silk. Jack Brown: Found Note Silk Hanky (PAPER, until 9 Feb).

Head to Salford for LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist – An introduction to LS Lowry’s life and work (Salford Museum & Art Gallery, 16 Jan) to find out more about the fascinating life of the somewhat-reclusive, Stretford-born artist and rent collector LS Lowry.

Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites (until 24 February) at The Lowry in Salford provides an unexpected insight into the artistic imagination of one of the UK’s most popular artists.

Martin Parr: Return to Manchester (Manchester Art Gallery, until 22 April) shows how the lives of Mancunians have changed but also reveals how there is continuity in how we live our lives, capturing the familiar in a new and wry way.

Castlefield Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Ground Beneath Your Feet (until – 3 February), invites a more nuanced conversation around multiple geopolitical issues that currently dominate our headlines.

Living Library: A self-guided tour behind the scenes at Chetham's Library

Literature in Manchester

Chetham’s Library is opening its doors to visitors for a self-guided behind-the-scenes tour. Discover this medieval gem in the heart of Manchester in your own time. Living Library: A self-guided tour behind the scenes at Chetham’s Library (13 Jan).

Manchester-based poetry and criticism magazine PN Review (Castlefield Gallery, 23 Jan) celebrates its latest issue with a special launch event showcasing six of its talented contributors, including poet, critic and translator André Naffis-Sahely, currently visiting teaching fellow at Manchester Met’s Writing School.

The Poetry Pop Jukebox Co-op (Gullivers, 24 Jan) is back for a second get-together, welcoming some of Manchester’s finest writers to read poetry and pop lyrics – this time round, headliners include multi-award-winning poet Andrew McMillan. (Check back for confirmation of venue.)

The Magnificent Ambersons

Cinema in Manchester

A retrospective of the first female director to win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Margarethe von Trotta (HOME, 10-17 Jan) is to thank for some of the most trailblazing films of the past five decades.

Bigger Than Life Presents The Magnificent Ambersons (HOME, 13 Jan). A 35mm print of Orson Welles’ follow up to Citizen Kane takes us to Indianapolis at the dawn of the twentieth century, for a tale that charts the decline of a once grand, aristocratic family in the face of creeping industrialisation.

Scranchester Tour in Ginger's Comfort Emporium

Tours & Activities in Manchester

Join expert cheese maker Louise Talbot at Food Sorcery as she hosts two days of Cheese Making Masterclasses (Food Sorcery Cookery & Barista School, 19–20 Jan).

Expand your understanding of the exhibits at the Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art. Or, if you are a newcomer to art, enjoy a more personal and accessible walk through the gallery with one of the centre’s curators. CFCCA: Free Guided Tour (19 Jan).

Wander through the city centre immersing yourself in Manchester’s foody histories and culture with some scrumptious stops en route. Eat The City - Scranchester Tours (regular tours, see website for details).

Electricity: The Spark of Life

Family things to do in Manchester

Stick Man (The Lowry, 1 Dec - 6 Jan), the much-loved Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler tale of misadventure is brought to life for small people and their grown ups this festive season by Scamp Theatre.

Manchester’s Sunday Assembly (Niamos Centre, 13 Jan) welcome in the new year with bearded bundle of joy, comedian and co-founder of Sunday Assembly, Sanderson Jones. Expect party hats, power pop sing along, crafts, chats, tea and cake.

Alexandra Dariescu’s The Nutcracker and I (Royal Northern College of Music, 24 Jan) is a bold multimedia version of the classical Christmas ballet, featuring the wonderful music of Tchaikovsky.

One of the headline events from last year's Manchester Science Festival, Electricity: The Spark of Life (Science and Industry Museum, until 28 Apr) is a super-charged exhibition tells the story of our quest to understand, unlock and master the power of electricity.

The People’s History Museum (Open daily, 10am - 5pm) is a recent winner of the national “Kids In Museums” award. Visit this national museum of democracy for interactive family galleries and regularly changing creative events.

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