What’s on in Manchester: January 2013

By Lucy Kenderdine & Jessica Phillips

Your definitive guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this January.

January 5

Revolution Cycling, National Cycling Centre

Following the most impressive Olympic performance ever, British cyclists will be keen to show their skills as they race competitors from around the world once again in this exciting event.

Now in its tenth season at the National Cycling Centre, round three will showcase some of the best sprint and endurance riders including Olympic Team Sprint gold medal winner Philip Hindes.

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January 11 to 13

RNCM Chamber Music Festival, Royal Northern College of Music

To coincide with the college’s 40 th anniversary the festival will focus on Ludwig van Beethoven, the legendary 19 th century composer who transformed the genre of chamber music.

All 15 of his famous string quartets and his complete piano trios will be performed and more than 150 students will perform alongside prize-winning music ensembles.

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January 12

Dickinson’s Real Deal, Stockport Town Hall

Everyone’s favourite antiques show will be visiting Stockport as David Dickinson and co search for more bobby dazzlers as part of the ninth series of ITV’s most popular daytime show.

Dickinson will be giving his usual advice to members of the public who bring along their prized possessions before they decide to take the dealers’ cash or gamble it at auction.

The event is free to attend and more information can be found on


January 14 to 26

2013 re:play Festival, The Studio at The Lowry

Now in its sixth consecutive year the re:play festival brings together the best of Manchester’s fringe shows from the last 12 months.

Presented by The Library Theatre Company and The Lowry, the selection of shows represent the most exciting and innovative theatre from the past year in an exclusive ‘second chance to see’ opportunity.

Tickets cost £3-£8 and more information can be found on the following links and

January 15 to 17

Swan Lake, Opera House, £17-£36

Moscow City Ballet bring their version of the popular ballet Swan Lake to Manchester this month.

The award-winning group have received rave reviews for their performances for their interpretation of this classic slice of Russian ballet.

Tickets available here


January 18 to March 2

Ma Qiusha – First UK Solo exhibition, The Chinese Arts Centre.

Examining the sensitivity of everyday objects and restaging them in unfamiliar environments, up-and-coming Beijing-based artist Ma Qiusha is set to impress with this latest exhibition.

Working with video and painting the artist’s work reveals an underlying story and emotion in her first UK solo exhibition.

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January 19

The Circus of Horrors, Manchester’s Opera House

Since its origins at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival, the show has toured the world acquiring a cult status along the way as it thrust the circus world into the 21 st century.

After appearing in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, the show is packed with new shocks and features some of the most unique, unbelievable and bizarre performers in the world.

Tickets are priced at £11- £26. For more information visit


January 19 to April 14

Mums Matter 2 Mancunians, The People’s History Museum

This new free exhibition highlights the work of Manchester’s Oxfam group in two of their major campaigns and encourages visitors to think about issues of maternal health.

A baby blanket will be on display to commemorate the women who die needlessly in pregnancy and childbirth around the world every day in a powerful exhibition.

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January 20

Gary Barlow, Apollo, £38.50, £49.50, £60.50 (including booking fee)

The 41-year-old national icon is returning to Manchester this month to showcase a selection of hits spanning his hugely successful career.

Don’t forget to sing along to the classics!

Tickets available here

January 23 to 26

National Winter Ales Festival, the Sheridan Suite

With a selection of over 300 beers, real ales, ciders and perries, the CAMRA festival believes that it conquer the challenge to find something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Food, pub games and souvenirs will also be available over the course of the festival and those who haven’t tired of dressing up over the Christmas period can don their best beer angels costume on the Saturday.

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January 23 and 24

Paloma Faith, Apollo, £22.25, £31.50 (including booking fee)

The British songstress will perform hits from her second album Fall to Grace which debuted at number two in the UK album charts last June.

Tracks include top 10 single Picking up the Pieces and 30 Minute Love Affair.

Tickets available here

January 25 and 26

Two Door Cinema Club, Apollo, £17.25 (including booking fee)

The three piece will present tracks from their second album Beacon which reached number two in the UK album chart last August.

Popular songs by these northern Irish indie rockers include the likes of Sleep Alone, Sun, Something Good Can Work and What You Know.

Prepare for toe tapping fun!

Tickets available here

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