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Come and find out what’s happening on your cultural doorstep during the Student Weekender This year’s Student Weekender highlights art, music, science and culture on Manchester’s student corridor through events, exhibitions, talks and performances, launching with our headlining event on Thursday 12, that encompasses all of these, Student Social Art Party at the Whitworth! The Oxford Road corridor is home to some of Manchester’s most iconic and forward-thinking cultural destinations. Manchester has artistic, architectural, academic, musical, scientific, theatrical and creative breadth, including the Whitworth, Manchester Museum, Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), University of Manchester, Central Library, Contact, Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Holden Gallery, Cornerhouse and soon to be opened, HOME. Map of all venues along the student corridor The Student Weekender gives students such promising opportunities to immerse themselves in the cultural vibrancy of city life in Manchester.- Student, University of Manchester

2015 is an exciting year for Manchester. In February, the Whitworth reopened after a £15 million development and has been transformed into a 21st century gallery in the park. In the same month, FutureEverything, the award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival celebrated their 20th anniversary and hosted an ambitious programme of music and film commissions, premieres and performances at RNCM. Wonder Women, a feminist festival launches this month with a programme of events across the city to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015. RNCM officially opens its £7m concert hall this month. While Cornerhouse closes in April, HOME, the new multi-arts centre opens in May with an opening weekend of art, music, performance and celebration. Manchester International Festival, returns in July for three weeks of new commissions from some of the world’s best-known and most experimental artists.

Naomi Kashiwagi Student Weekender Producer

Top 5 exhibitions All Free 1. Cornelia Parker, the Whitworth A major solo show from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Cornelia Parker’s work invites you to witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. 2. Playtime, Cornerhouse The final exhibition at Cornerhouse that bids farewell to the building and pays homage to the place they have called home since 1985. For this momentous occasion, nine artists present playful, participatory work inspired by Cornerhouse’s iconic brick structure and director Jacques Tati’s 1967 comedy masterpiece Playtime.

It's so easy to get overwhelmed by the number of exhibitions and events that happen in Manchester and the Student Weekender helps students to find out what’s on, on and near to campus! - Student, University of Manchester

3. Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies, Manchester Museum Dance of the Butterflies is a stunning new art work by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists, Romuald Hazoumè. It features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections. 4. Trial / Error / Art, Holden Gallery Trial/Error/Art brings together a selection of work whose existence is marked by differing degrees of experimentation, the testing out of the limitations as to what might make a work of art. 5. Commemorative Postcard Exhibition, Central Library Eight years ago, when Central Library first opened in 1934, local school children were sent a commemorative handkerchief. In 2015, all Manchester's school children will be sent a commemorative postcard inviting them in to see what the Library has to offer after a 4 year transformation programme.  The postcard designs are the 4 winning entries from our design a commemorative postcard competition.

Map of all venues along the student corridor

Thursday 12 March Viktor Wynd's Cabinet of Wonders G22 Mansfield Cooper Building, The University of Manchester main campus (map) 5:15-6:30pm, Free, In his recent book, Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders, the filmmaker John Waters comments: ‘An insanely delightful how-to guide on becoming a mentally ill, cheerily obsessive eccentric hoarder told with lunatic humor and absolute joy. Viktor Wynd is a sick orchid who seems like the perfect man to me.’

Student Social Art Party 6-9pm, Free The Whitworth (map) Produced by students for students, this art party is the place to socialise, create and participate. Come and celebrate the reopening of the Whitworth as a 21st century gallery in the park! Live music. Workshops. Spectacular exhibitions. Cultural conversations. Find out more:

Friday 13 March Umbrella Doodles Umbrella Doodles Tours will start at 1pm and 3pm at the University Visitor Centre on Oxford Road (map) Take a stroll from the University to Manchester Central Library with artist Sarah Marsh as your guide. Create custom umbrellas by using glass pens to outline some of the architecture you will see on your journey and complete them in the stunning refurbished Library. Filmed Up Part of Filmed Up – North West Filmmakers Night Cornerhouse (map) Cinema 2 6:20 - 8:30pm £3 concessions From grassroots guerrilla filmmakers to start-up production companies, the film community is thriving in the North West. Join us for an evening screening in the Annexe where you’ll discover a selection of short films that are being produced right here on your doorstep. Book tickets here

Saturday 14 March Saturday Supplement: Portraits The Whitworth (map) 11am – 4pm, Free 11am – Tour: Exhibitions Curator, Bryony Bond will bring to light stories of the some of the key individuals and artists in our collection through this exhibition of biography and portraiture. 1pm – Talk: Artists, curators and thinkers discuss the themes at work within our exhibition, Portraits. 2.30pm – Workshop: Artist, Alan Birch, leads a hands-on print making session inspired by the work of Thomas Schütte. 4pm – Performance: Epiphany create live, improvised musical portraits of keys works with our Portraits exhibition.

Nirbhaya Contact (map) £10 concessions and includes post-show talk Based on the performers’ real life experiences and the violent incident that shocked Delhi and the world. This award-winning play cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by violence. Book tickets here.

Sunday 15 March Romuald Hazoumè: Dance of the Butterflies Manchester Museum (map) Dance of the Butterflies is a stunning new art work by one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists, Romuald Hazoumè. It features swarms of multicoloured ‘butterflies’ which take over the Museum’s Living Worlds gallery, interacting with the Museum’s own collections. RNCM Strings Festival - Evening Concert featuring RNCM String Ensemble RNCM (map) 6:30-8:45pm This year’s celebration of all things strings which explores music from Vienna. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La partenza; Romance from Eine kleine Nachtmusik Johannes Brahms String Sextet No 1 in B flat major, Op 18 Arnold Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht Op 4

With thanks to: Corridor Manchester Central Library Cornerhouse HOME The Holden Gallery Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Manchester School of Art (MMU) Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) The Manchester Museum University of Manchester Contact The Whitworth CMFT (Hospital Trust) Marketing Manchester Creative Tourist Manchester City Council

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Student Weekender 12-15 March 2015 programme  
Student Weekender 12-15 March 2015 programme  

Art, music, science and culture happening along Manchester's student corridor.