Punk Filmmaking at Filmonik

Article published: Saturday, September 18th 2010

Their credo is simple: “Do well with nothing, do better with little and do it right now!” Siobhan McGuirk reports on the Manchester cell of an international movement.

Ongoing: Queer Up North Arts Festival

Article published: Wednesday, May 26th 2010

Over the past ten days Queer Up North International Arts Festival has brought an impressive and challenging array of events to the city. Now in its 18th year, it is serving to highlight the failings of Manchester Pride and Manchester International Festival both to push political and artistic boundaries while being broadly accessible.

Theatre Review: 1984

Article published: Saturday, March 20th 2010

George Orwell’s 1948 masterpiece novel has been adapted for stage and screen countless times. Despite the now-past title date, his portrayal of a dystopian, near-future world has a timeless resonance. Yet, in the case of the Royal Exchange’s latest production, the play suffers from being too-well known. Here, its familiar motifs are over-indulged.

Film Preview: ¡Viva! Festival

Article published: Thursday, March 4th 2010

¡Viva!, the only festival of Spanish and Latin American cinema in the UK, begins its three week residency at Cornerhouse this Saturday. In a departure from previous years’ programming, thematic strands have been abandoned, after parties jettisoned in favour of Spanish-language cafe discussions and emphasis firmly placed on the new. The results look promising.

Contact with Moston

Article published: Saturday, February 27th 2010

Manchester’s Contact Theatre has been at the forefront of cultural life in the city since it opened in 1999. Thanks to its DNA project it is reaching beyond its Oxford Road base and beginning to have a positive influence in other areas of Manchester.

Council scores own-goal by closing Urbis

Article published: Thursday, February 25th 2010

This Saturday, Urbis’ pop culture exhibition centre will close its doors for the last time. The iconic building is due to re-open in August 2011 to house the National Museum Football, relocated from its former home in Preston. Debates over which guise is more interesting, profitable or “good for Manchester” have missed a vital point: deciding […]

“Knife arch” for Piccadilly Gardens

Article published: Friday, February 19th 2010

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have today erected a temporary “knife arch”, consisting of a metal detector and sniffer dogs, in Piccadilly Gardens for pedestrians to walk through.