Never Going Underground
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act). The events that took place before and after this form the basis of a major exhibition at the People’s History Museum (Until 3 September 2017), with additional events throughout the year. In 2018 the museum will be the main location marking the centenary of partial votes for women and the Representation of the People Act 1918.
Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War
Discover the artworks and story of Britain’s original rebel artist in the largest UK retrospective of Wyndham Lewis’ work to date. Marking one hundred years since Lewis was first commissioned as an official war artist in 1917, Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War (23 June 2017 to 1 January 2018) will comprise more than 160 artworks, books, journals and pamphlets from major public and private, national and international collections and will be IWM’s largest visual arts exhibition to date.
Pelé: Art, Life, Football
For generations of football fans, the name Pelé has become synonymous with football. The Brazilian’s deft touch, creative flair and blistering combination of power and pace has inspired people the world over – on and off the pitch. The museum’s latest collection (from May 2017) will present fresh and unique perspectives of the iconic samba star, exploring just what made Pelé ‘the King of Football’ through a series of thoughtful, striking and provocative artworks.
The Crystal Maze Experience
Following a sell-out run in London, the ultimate team challenge, The Crystal Maze Experience, arrived in Manchester in April 2017. Test your skill, mental and physical abilities across four adventure time zones – Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval – to earn Crystals. The more Crystals earnt, the more time you’ll get in the final challenge – The Crystal Dome!
Manchester Water Taxis (WAXI)
Manchester Water Taxis – otherwise known as WAXI – take advantage of the region’s network of waterways, allowing residents and tourists alike to travel between Sale and Castlefield with match day packages available for Manchester United and VIP Shopping trips to the Trafford Centre.
Junk Yard Golf
Junk Yard Golf offers a new take on mini-golf with two ‘mashed up’ courses featuring all manner of junk and obstacles for players to negotiate while local DJs play and some of the city’s most sought-after street food vendors serve up their fare.
Three Rivers Gin School
Gin fans should make a beeline for the City of Manchester Distillery, home to Three Rivers Gin which offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the often illustrious, sometimes dark and unquestionably intriguing history of gin before letting them loose to create a personalised bottle of gin to take home.
Urban Axe Throwing
At long last, visitors to Manchester will be given the opportunity to unleash their inner medieval warrior, as Whistle Punks bring the sport of axe throwing to the Great Northern Warehouse. Guests are given a brief masterclass in the art of flinging board-splintering hatchets at targets, before being unleashed into a tournament.
Bluedot Festival 2017
Following its inaugural outing in 2016, Bluedot, the world’s first festival to give science top-billing alongside music and culture will return for three days of music underneath the iconic Lovell Telescope (7-9 July 2017).
Manchester International Festival 2017
A highlight of every odd-numbered calendar year is the biennial Manchester International Festival (29 June to 16 July 2017) featuring eighteen days of world premieres, collaborations and special events by internationally-acclaimed artists. Described by The New Yorker as “probably the most radical and important arts festival today”, this summer’s artist-led line up has recently been announced and features more than 20 world premieres including a mass-fashion show in Piccadilly Gardens and a new drama by Simon Stephens featuring music from Underworld’s Karl Hyde.
The Sparkle Weekend is now the world’s largest free trans celebration, hosted in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village each year. The event (7-9 July 2017) is open to everyone across the trans spectrum, their families, friends, and allies, and features music, entertainment, educational talks and workshops, and a dynamic fringe arts programme.