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We’ll tell you what to read, watch, listen and do – all the good stuff. Have a quick scroll, discover a new artist, learn something new.

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Manchester Collective and Slung Lo take on Benjamin Britten with a vibrant, family-friendly staging of his community opera Noah’s Flood.

180 birds and beasts (schoolchildren) are taking over the huge space at Depot Mayfield guided by Lemn Sissay as the voice of God.

This is a spectacle from your wildest dreams.

We caught up with Manchester Collective’s artistic director Adam Szabo to find out more about the joyful premise behind tonight’s show.

Watch the full interview here.


Festival Square has been popping off – tasty food, an impromptu Peaches performance and not that much rain.

If you’ve not made it down yet, check out our livestream Sounds From The Square.

Tune in for highlights from MIF's first Saturday featuring A Certain Ratio and Werkha.


Iconic Manchester venue YES are taking over the square today with a line-up featuring the finest local talent.

We start the day with a party for the kids. Born to Be Wild Child brings face painting, colouring in and games to the square.

Stick around for an afternoon of live music and DJ sets. Top of our list is West Yorkshire trio The Orielles, who have been busy touring their experimental third album Tableau. Danceable post-punk? Quick-fire disco? Softer, dreamlike tunes? Expect it all.

Grab a margarita and you’ll forget it’s Sunday night in no time.

Four photographs of the band the Orielles side by side
Black and white photograph of three people sat on a chair during THEY rehearsals


It’s the final night of They – Maxine Peake, Sarah Frankcom and Imogen Knight’s adaptation of Kay Dick’s rediscovered masterpiece.

We’re reading this Guardian interview with Maxine, where she discusses the trio’s new theatre company, taking risks and their less than conventional rehearsal period.

Kate Wyver | ‘We get braver as we get older’: Maxine Peake on her daring dystopia play performed in a library

And if you missed it, here's Lucy Scholes on the history behind Kay Dick's They: A Sequence of Unease.

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