The Manchester Weekender 2011

The Manchester Weekender 2011 took place from 14th - 16th October 2011. A whirlwind 48 hours of art, culture, photography, performance, guided walking tours, cinema, family activities and more. This is our round up. We couldn't possibly hope to feature everything that happened, this is just a flavour of an incredible weekend.


  1. The Manchester Weekender kicked off with an intimate acoustic performance in the new Valette exhibition, at The Lowry, with Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister.

  2. Paris on the Irwell (10)
    Paris on the Irwell (10)
  3. Paris on the Irwell - SoS (08)
    Paris on the Irwell - SoS (08)
  4. Roll on Saturday with a packed schedule of events and activities.  At Manchester Museum, children and their parents became archaeologists for the day as part of the Egyptian Unearthed exhibition.
  5. trainee archaeologist | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    trainee archaeologist | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
  6. Unearthed | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    Unearthed | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
  7. On the other side of town Audrey & Olivia, stars of cult Bronte spoof Withering Looks, led a hilarious walking tour around the city, presenting the stories of the women who shaped Manchester, from trailblazing suffragette Christabel Pankhurst to eminent novelist Elizabeth Gaskell.
  8. Hysterical Historical (03) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
    Hysterical Historical (03) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
  9. At Manchester Craft and Design centre EthniCITY meant an afternoon of international music & dancing, along with tasty nibbles from the well-loved cafe.
  10. And at the People's History Museum, a session of cake, conversation and creativity as visitors were invited to make mini protest banners.
  11. Subversive Stitching (04)
    Subversive Stitching (04)
  12. Respected arts blogger Regine Debatty of We Make Money Not came up to Manchester to experience Creative Tourist. The Ed Hall protest banners exhibition was one of her favourites.
  13. Over at The Quays, Len Grant led a photography workshop where participants created their own street portraiture exhibition.