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The Manchester Weekender, 11-14 October 2012

The Manchester Weekender, 11-14 October 2012

29 August 2012

A city’s worth of art and culture in one weekend

This autumn, the Manchester Weekender returns to the city for its third year, a weekend-long snapshot of the best of the city’s art and culture.  From performance art to pop-up cinema, from music premieres to intimate gigs, from superstar authors to Britain’s best bloggers, from art exhibitions to secret theatre, the Manchester Weekender features dozens of events and hundreds of artists – in some of the city’s most iconic and historic spaces.

The museum is delighted to be part of the Manchester Weekender yet again.  Key events taking place here include:

Friday 12 October
Songs of the Caged Bird
7.30pm – 9.00pm
‘Songs of the Caged Bird’ is a new song-cycle written and performed by Manchester composer-pianist George King, for arguably Manchester’s finest jazz diva, Doreen Edwards, and performed tonight with young string players of the Royal Northern College of Music.  The concert begins at 7.30pm and will be followed by a post performance discussion by Commonword who will introduce their exhibition Ghosts: Disappearing Histories.

Waterdrinkers’ Weekend 12-14 October including;

Friday 12 October – Sunday 14 October
Waterdrinkers’ Weekend craft table
10.00am – 5.00pm
Become the King or Queen of Temperance and make your own Temperance Crown to take home with you at our craft table inspired by our latest changing exhibition.

Friday 12 October
Demon Drink? Temperance and the Working Class changing exhibition tour
1.15pm – 2.00pm
Come along for a free guided tour of our changing exhibition Demon Drink? given by its curator.

Saturday 13 October
The Radical Print Shop
10.00am – 1.00pm People’s History Museum
2.00pm – 5.00pm John Rylands Library
Hot Bed Press will be working in conjunction with the People’s History Museum and John Rylands Library to run drop in workshops on the idea of protest and democracy through print.  They look back to a time when hot-off-the-press print was used to stir up protest and force social change; pre-Twitter, this was how revolutions were made.

Saturday 13 October
Professor Heard’s Peerless Magic Lantern Show
6.30pm – 8.30pm
An evening of pictorial sights, frights, amusements and warnings about the terrible consequences of indulging in strong drink.  The Guardian has said of Professor Heard’s shows “…19th century history has never been so fresh, so entertaining or quite so surprising…”

Sunday 14 October
Temperance in Manchester, City Centre Trail
Take a walk through Manchester’s hidden temperance history led by a Green Badge Guide.
11.30am – 1.00pm

Sunday 14 October
Children of Temperance Illustrated talk by Annemarie McAllister
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Why were children seen as in need of protection from the demon drink?  This illustrated talk not only gives some chilling statistics, exploring this question, but also examines how the childhoods of generations of children were shaped by the teaching, games, songs and activities of the juvenile temperance organisations, particularly the Band of Hope (1847-1995).

The Manchester Weekender is organised by Manchester Museums Consortium and Creative Tourist.

Creative Tourist is an online magazine and a series of city guides that has been put together by Manchester Museums Consortium, a group of nine museums and galleries in Manchester., with its mix of exclusive features, interviews, arts news and city guides, allows readers to discover more about what’s happening in the city, and uncover its outstanding cultural programme and collections. 

Manchester Museums Consortium is Cornerhouse, Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, The Manchester Museum, Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), National Football Museum, People’s History Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery.  

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