How is it November already?! We think it’s the perfect time to stay out of the cold and warm your soul with culture. Here’s our pick of this month’s top cultural highlights:

JUBILEE at the Royal Exchange Theatre
Raucous, irreverent and gloriously rude – the world premiere of JUBILEE hits the Royal Exchange Theatre from 2 – 18 November. With a cast led by legendary punk warrior Toyah Willcox, JUBILEE is a free spirited, take no prisoners blast of a show, for young punks, old punks and anyone who’s ever wanted to set the world on fire.


BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 Season
BBC Philharmonic return to The Bridgewater Hall for their 2017/18 season. Three years after the BBC Philharmonic’s world premiere of The Immortal drew rapturous acclaim from critics and audiences, Mark Simpson, the orchestra’s Composer in Association, presents his Cello Concerto performed by Leonard Elschenbroich.

Take a closer look at their entire 2017/18 season over at creativetourist.com.


Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2017
Fri 17 – Sun 26 Nov
With 50+ events over 10 packed days, hcmf// is an annual, international festival presenting everything from contemporary and new music to experimental and electronic music, sound art and improvisation.



Aarhus 2017
Aarhus is the 2017 European Capital of Culture. With the theme Let’s Rethink, the ambitious programme is a thrilling look towards cultivating a mindset for change and innovation, where alternative solutions can grow.  Highlights include MIF17’s own What If Women Ruled the World?, an exhibition of  Cindy Shermans sensational portrait series, a Manga and Anime Exhibition, Nathan Coley’s beautiful THE SAME FOR EVERYONE  linking the region (pictured above) and much more! View the full programme here.


Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery until 28 Jan
Jean-Michel Basquiat made waves in the art world in 1978 with his graffiti statements around the city. From there, the self-taught artist moved on to painting clothing, collaging baseball cards, creating murals and working on increasingly larger canvases and spaces. See more than 100 pieces by Basquiat, from paintings and photography to films and notebooks, many on display for the first time in the UK. Plus, explore the artist’s wider cultural inspirations, including his relationship with music, text, film, television and collaborations with other artists such as Andy Warhol.


Real Magic at HOME
Wed 29 Nov – Fri 1 Dec
Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle and comical repetition. Three performers attempt an impossible illusion – in which they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope and anticipation. Caught in a world of second-chances, distortions and transformations, the audience is taken on a hallucinatory journey, in a compelling virtuoso performance about big systems, small traps and a yearning for change.


The Manchester Ice Rink is at First Street
OK we admit – sometimes it’s good to get outside in the cold! From 15 Nov the ice rink will be open for you to get your skates on. Watch all of the action from the Street on 1st terrace which will be open throughout the festive season and take advantage of a 10% discount on all food and drink when showing your ice skating ticket.

Official partners

Public sector partners

Media partners