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Upcoming Manchester events in February that will rock your socks off!

There are no shortage of exciting Manchester activities you can partake in this month to kickstart your year – whether you’re interested in music or museums, any of the following will be sure to brighten your day. Here’s a look at what’s on in Manchester this February and late January.

Push Festival 2023

The PUSH festival returns to HOME this year for a celebration of the best creative talent in the North West.

An array of creative industries will be on full display from filmmaking to theatre whilst also offering the chance to meet industry professionals to shape the future of the creative industry.

Tickets are pay what you want for the events – meaning it is accessible for people of all incomes who want to get involved with the festival. The festival runs from 20 January to 18 February, offering different creative experiences for all to discover.

Turn It Up – The Power of Music (A World-First Interactive Exhibition)

The Science and Industry Museum is hosting an exhibition on the power of music.

The exhibition is designed to explore music through our emotions – how music can create memories and influence our minds. It gives visitors the chance to create music themselves in a “musical playground”, with other features such as a musical Turing test to test whether songs by humans and machines can be distinguished.

The exhibition will run until 21 May 2023.

Power UP – A Hands-On Gaming Experience

Also at the Science and Industry Museum is Power UP, an exhibition celebrating the history of video games.

The event showcases the best of video games, from humble beginnings with games such as Pong, through to the era of consoles and modern gaming, with virtual reality and a selection of Manchester-made games on display too.

Power UP is open on weekends during school term time, but every day during the holidays. The full schedule is available here.

National Football Museum: From Moss Side to Marseille

The National Football Museum presents a new exhibition of art co-curated by Michael Browne and former Manchester United legend Eric Cantona. 

This exhibition will portray the relationship between sport and society, with the influence being those who have used their positions to advocate for social change.

‘From Moss Side to Marseille’ runs from 14 January until 1 June. If you are a resident of Manchester, tickets are free thanks to funding from Manchester City Council.

New Century Hall: Art Battle Manchester – Battle Royale 2

The exciting Art Battle returns to Manchester as ten former winners contend to become the Champion of Champions.

New Century Hall will host the event as the most talented creatives in the North West will be watched on by a crowd who will vote for the best piece of art in the 30-minute timeframe. 

Tickets for “Battle Royale II” are £17.50 and can be purchased through Skiddle. The event will take place on 3 February.

Open Mic Poetry and Spoken Word

A free Poetry and Spoken Word event will be held at the Pull Up Bar Cafe.

This will take place on 30th January from 6 to 10pm, with good vibes, live poetry, and spoken word performances. 

The event also boasts cheap pints and cocktails, along with free snacks. The authentic Caribbean restaurant is located on Swan Street, M4 5JN.

Winter Adventures at Tatton Park

Children can explore a fun, interactive trail in Tatton Park’s gardens, learning about where animals go in the winter and their behaviour.

You can also partake in a Scavenger Hunt if you’re interested in another outdoor adventure with the family. Just simply collect a free scavenger hunt sheet from the Welcome Building at Tatton Park, or download a copy before you set off.

Enjoy free midweek garden visits from Tuesday 3 January to Friday 10 February. The park is also offering half price car entry on weekdays during this period.

Image: Visitors playing on the Musical Playground in Turn It Up: The Power of Music © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group

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