The Manchester Weekender

Cornerhouse Media & Communications Officer Elisa Ruff takes a closer look at the Manchester Weekender…

October surely is an exciting month. Frieze Art Fair in London is yet again opening its gates to the art world glitterati, and galleries from all over the world will take part to display their most extraordinary and astonishing works.  Art, people, hype, VIPs, MPs, squirrels from the park, that actor from whats-it-called … London in its entirety will put its party frock on, and there will be so many exciting things to see and do.

But, if you are not able (or willing) to travel down south I bear good news: Manchester will present an incredible array of spectacular cultural festivities of its own, right on our doorstep.

The Manchester Weekender, which runs from 14 – 16 October, is a weekend-long snapshot of some of the best of Manchester’s art and culture; a whirlwind forty-eight hours of art, music, film, literature, walks, poetry, photography, theatre and spectacle all wrapped up into a single weekend. The Weekender stages a series of one-off, intimate events that sum up the city, pairing international artists, musicians and writers with some of the city’s most beautiful settings. Discover secret spaces in the city, listen to music in 3D, rub shoulders with Jarvis Cocker, listen to nuns sing in Manchester Cathedral – you choose what rocks your boat.

At Cornerhouse, I’m looking forward to JJ Garden’s disco dancing dinosaurs. The Scissor Sisters’ Musical Director has composed a new score for classic dino film ‘The Lost World’ from 1925, which he will perform live on Sun 16 Oct. And super-creative Kit Abramson has teamed up with DJ dubsection to set off an installation of metronomes to play out a drum’n’bass track on Fri 14 Oct.

Hope to see you there, and don’t forget to tell us about your experiences on Twitter, using the hashtag #McrWeekender.