MIF Recommends: October Highlights

As the October evenings grow longer and darker what better way to spend your time than enjoying the host of events that are programmed during this busy event packed month. Whether your interests lie in literature, science or crafts! Here are our pick of the cultural highlights that we feel should not be missed:



Journeys Festival International hosts 2 weeks of exciting and creative events in Manchester 02 – 15 Oct.

Celebrating the artistic talents of exceptional refugee and asylum seeker artists, the UK’s first official “Festival of Sanctuary” presents the finest artists in a variety of discussion, visual arts, cutting-edge theatre and live music that is open to all.



The fantastic Manchester Literature Festival presents inspiring live literature & spoken word from across the globe 6-22 Oct. Tickets are still available for some events. Check out the full programme & get tickets from manchesterliteraturefestival.co.uk


Get to London and take another look at two artistic giants: father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí at Dalí / Duchamp exhibition, on at the Royal Academy 7 Oct – 3 Jan. This is the first exhibition to throw light on their surprising relationship and its influence on the work of both artists.


The award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is celebrating its tenth anniversary from 12 -15 October at Manchester’s Upper Campfield Market. Buy and commission outstanding contemporary craft & design from 150 designer-makers, all selected for their excellence, from fine jewellery and fashion accessories to functional and statement pieces for the home.

19 – 29 Oct
Explore the spectacular forces at work in the universe with 8 Minutes, watch films that have been found buried under a subarctic swimming pool in the remote Yukon Territory in Dawson City: Frozen Time, dive into the transmedia gameworld of All The Delicate Duplicates, take part in a unique life drawing session with Under Glass: Drafted in Movement, or be captivated by the immersive audio and stunning visuals of Sentinel.


Enlighten Bury is a new sound and light festival bringing a stellar programme of world premieres to Bury in Lancashire. An astonishing array of free interactive light and sound installations will bring the streets, venues, galleries and bars of Bury’s cultural quarter to life, while the stars of experimental world music including Wrangler, Hannah Peel and Plaid will play into the night at some unusual venues from 20-21 Oct. Book now!


Akram Khan’s Giselle at  Liverpool Empire
25 – 28 Oct

Over a year since its world premiere in Manchester, you have another changes to experience ‘the emotional power and visual thrill’ (The Times) of Akram Khan’s acclaimed Giselle, as it comes to Liverpool following its sold out, critically acclaimed 2016 tour.

The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption has been reimagined with sets and costumes by Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), and an ‘ominous, gothic’ (The Observer) adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s original score, created by composer Vincenzo Lamagna and performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

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