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The Manchester Weekender 2011

The Manchester Weekender 2011

12 September 2011

For the second year running the museum is looking forward to being part of The Manchester Weekender – forty-eight hours of art, culture, music, film, food, festivals, literature, walks, politics, poetry, photography, theatre and spectacle all wrapped up into a single weekend.

The museum has got lots happening as part of the Weekender including:

Saturday 15 October
Art Fair
10.00am – 5.00pm
Come along and do some creative shopping!  Local artists (including some of our fabulous freelancers and staff) will be showcasing and selling their work in the unique setting of the People’s History Museum.  There will be arty workshops throughout the day so the whole family will have a chance to get creative!  Suitable for all ages.  Drop in.

Saturday 15 October
Subversive Stitching
10.00am – 12.00pm and 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Come along to for a ‘mass stitch in’.  Got a subject you are passionate about?  Want to protest against something that’s currently happening?  We’re working with Manchester Craftivism (craft + activism = craftivism) who will be at the museum helping you to get started on your very own mini protest banner.  We’ll be taking over the Left Bank cafe bar so get your subversive stitch kit and join us for tea (or coffee) and a slice of lovely homemade cake and get creative to stitch a message into your own banner. 
£10 per person – coffee or tea, a piece of cake and a subversive stitch kit.
Booking: (50 people per session) – drop in but advise reserve in advance as numbers limited. To book a place email or telephone the museum on 0161 838 9190.

Sunday 16 October
Ordinary Rebels
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Songs and poems for everyday people, their struggles, their joys and their triumphs. Performed by two of Manchester’s most radical and entertaining performers, writer and stand-up poet Dave Puller and singer-songwriter Claire Mooney.
Family Friendly activity. Suitable for all ages.  Booking required. Free.

Throughout the weekender weekend, visit the museum and you can also see the Secret Subversive Stitchings exhibition (Friday 14 October – Sunday 30 October) which features mini protest banners hidden around the building.  This intervention by Craftivism Manchester will feature banners made by the organisations co-ordinator, Rebecca Willmott, as well as those created by participants at two workshops that she ran at the museum in July and October this year. Inspired by the current Changing Exhibition, On the March, mini banners were created using traditional handiwork skills in cross stitch and embroidery to create small banners with big messages!

Craftivism Manchester’s manifesto is “To expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices though the power of craft and public art. This will be done through provocative, non-violent creative actions.” To find out more about the group visit Craftivism Manchester

Also on show is the On the March changing exhibition and in our Community Gallery we are showing Memories by J Chuhan as part of the Asia Triennial Manchester 11.  

The Manchester Weekender showcases the best of Manchester’s art and culture, its museums, galleries, festivals and events. It shines a light on the hidden nooks and crannies, the real history and fabricated tales of Manchester. It stages a series of one-off, intimate events that sum up the city. It pairs international artists, musicians, writers and more with some of the city’s most beautiful settings. And it does this for one weekend only – forty-eight hours of some of the most unusual cultural experiences you’ll find anywhere in the UK.  Book now at

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, (MOSI) Museum of Science & Industry, National Football Museum, People’s History Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery.