It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of 2018, and what a year its been! We’ve hosted world premieres, incredible pre-Factory events and lots of exciting community workshops over the year, with much more still to be revealed around our 2019 festival. We’ve put together our top picks of events taking place in Manchester this December to ensure you finish off the year on a cultural high…
Lightwaves Festival at Salford Quays
7 – 13th December
Lightwaves 2018 is an annual and free interactive light festival which showcases inspiring digital light art; illuminating the public spaces for an unforgettable 10 days, from Friday 7 December until Sunday 16 December 2018.
Featuring new and exclusively commissioned digital art displays alongside emerging talent and light workshops, from local, national, and international artists. Lightwaves 2018 will bring light to those dark winter nights, as 16 FREE light experiences span across Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.
The Frost Fair at Whitworth Art Gallery
A two-day festivity of family fun, art and togetherness at Whitworth Art Gallery to celebrate 250 years of the circus in Britain. Be astounded and amazed by the ringmaster and his troupe of performers, take part in the craft and circus performance workshops and indulge at thier food & artisan gift market stalls.
White at HOME
13 – 23rd December
A playful, highly visual show for 2-4 year olds and is a perfect first time theatre experience. The beautifully strange world of White is full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white.
A Magical Christmas Movie Experience at Mayfield
24th Nov-16th Dec
Watch your favourite Christmas films in the most unconventional and immersive space in Manchester. Venture in through a secret wardrobe entrance and you’ll find yourself in a fantastical forest to explore on your way to the incredible indoor cinema to enjoy your favourite merry movies with mulled wine and seasonal cocktails, accompanied by live entertainment and warming winter food.
Plus, if you’re attending on a Saturday you’ll be able to take part in winter workshops at new project space Underway too, giving you the chance to make your own wooden toy boat, candle and skipping rope to take home as a memento of your festive film fun. Attendees are also encourages to donate an unwrapped gift when visiting, which will be donated to less fortunate children across Greater Manchester.
Night on the Tiles
4th Dec-25 April
We’re starting to finalise the design for Festival Square, the home of MIF19 in the heart of the city next summer – and we need your help to make it happen! With the help of our friends from Standard Practice, we’re running a series of free tile-making workshops from December up until April 2019, at which you’ll get to design and decorate your very own Festival Square tile. All the tiles made at these special evenings will go on to adorn the bars in Festival Square before getting a new life after MIF19, which we’ll reveal at the workshops.
Held at Underway in Mayfield, just around the corner from Manchester Piccadilly Station, all the workshops will be hosted by a professional potter. There’ll be coffee and biscuits available, and every evening will be soundtracked by playlists specially compiled for us by local DJs.