TOP 10 | Things To Do In Manchester This Week

From ManIFF to International Women's Day, here's our pick of the best things to do in Manchester this week

Written by  Confidential Staff | Follow @ | Monday, 29 February 2016 12:47

WE'VE got Roo Panes, Sticky Digits and a tattoo tea party, here's our guide to the top 10 things to do in Manchester this week (Monday 29 February - Sunday 6 March).

BROUGHT TO LIGHT | HOME | 22 January - 6 March

All too often forgotten and shuffled to the margins of society, the elderly are sometimes those with the most stories to tell. Daniel Walmsley brings the lively residents of Salford’s Broughton House, a care home for ex-service men and women, to the fore in his touching portraiture; replacing ‘superficial notions of beauty with nobility and authenticity’.
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN (various times, check the website; free). 

ROO PANES | Band on the Wall | Tuesday 1 March

Channelling his innermost feelings through expressive guitar riffs, Roo Panes puts honesty above fashion; ironic considering the English songwriter launched his career with luxury brand Burberry. With introspective lyrics and acoustic melodies, debut album Little Giant brings classical folk to a modern audience.
Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, M4 5JZ (7.30pm; tickets £15 from 

BARKING TALES | Zombie Shack | Wednesday 2 March

Poking fun at mental health issues isn’t an easy matter, but Barking Tales does just that. With a gaggle of pro comedians like Harriet Dyer and Stephanie Laing, expect amusing anecdotes aplenty from this fresh new spoken word night. Bethany Black headlines.
Zombie Shack, 50 New Wakefield Street, M1 5NP (7pm; tickets £5 from


The first and only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth is relaunching this Thursday with a series of ‘twerkshops’, talks and performances. Established by artist and curator Helen Knowles, the Birth Rites Collection aims to encourage a wider debate about the oft-censored politics and practice of childbirth, an issue that affects us all.
University of Salford, Mary Seacole Building, M5 4WT (various times, check the website; free). 

PEN : CHANT | Contact Theatre | Thursday 3 March

Ben Mellor hosts a diverse evening of performance in Contact’s regular showcase. This month features legendary beatboxer Jason Singh, BBC Poetry Slam Champion Scott Tyrell, and prolific erotica writer Pamela DeMenthe, author of Sticky Digits (we told you it was diverse). Expect comedy, cabaret and live literature.
Contact Theatre, Oxford Road, M15 6JA (7.30pm; tickets £7 from 


ManIFF kicked off last year with a stellar line up of Oscar-winning directors, Bafta-winning producers and UK premiers - not to mention 71 films, both domestic and international. Celebrating the best independent cinema worldwide, 2016's programme will again include packed screenings, exciting discussion and an incredible party atmosphere. 
Various times and prices; check the website.  

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY | Citywide | 3-13 March

It’s International Women’s Day next Tuesday but the city isn’t confining its festivities to one day. From 3-13 March, enjoy a diverse selection of events at venues like IWN North and Manchester Jewish Museum as part of the Wonder Women Festival, and check out Manchester City Council’s programme on the theme of ‘Women’s Voices - Changing Manchester’.
Various time and venues. 

LION MAN | Hope Mill Theatre | 4-6 March

This is a play about boys, girls and lions. And what it means to be each. When four boys sit in Ozzy Burns’ Cafe, imaginations alight and tales of an escaped lion in Bushy Park beckon. With original music by New Manhattan and Georgia Gage, Tom Roberts’ new play is for the child in us all.
Hope Mill Theatre, Hope Mill, 113 Pollard Street, M4 7JA (7.30pm; tickets from £4 at 

BOGLE CHALLENGE | Booth Centre | 4-5 March

Manchester RAG’s Bogle has been a fixture since 1961, seeing thousands trek a scenic Greater Manchester route on behalf of a chosen charity. This year’s cause is the Booth Centre, which has been breaking the cycle of homelessness for over two decades. Required sponsorship is £75 and participants can choose from the 55-mile Stroll or the 26-mile Ramble.
Various times and venues; check the website

TATTOO TEA PARTY | EventCity | 5-6 March

It may be one of Europe’s greatest tattoo shows but you don’t have to be an ink-lover to enjoy the fifth annual Tattoo Tea Party. Expect a fairground, comedy boxing duels, strong man competition, art gallery, custom cars, fire shows, market and bars. That’s before you add in 350 of the world’s best tattooists.
EventCity, Phoenix Way, M41 7TB (8am-6pm; tickets from £15 at  


Still not hatched your Mother's Day plan? Don't worry, we've rounded up a number of things going on in Manchester to impress your mum with this Mothering Sunday - read here