Manchester Day 2017 (photo: Mark Waugh)

Diaries at the ready – this is a big weekend in the Manchester calendar. Not only is it Father’s Day on Sunday (forget it at your peril – thankfully we’ve put together a collection of gift and experience ideas to give you a helping hand), but Sunday also marks Manchester Day.

Salford Lads Club is the venue for an event with two Manchester music giants. HOME have put together a programme of film, theatre, art and performance to mark Refugee Week. And you may be still recovering from Parklife, but it’s time to party again. Manchester Day, the annual celebration of the city, is back and expected to be better than ever with a massive street parade, stalls and street food. This is a place worth celebrating, after all.

Top Trumps with Clint Boon & Mike Joyce at Salford Lads’ Club

No, this isn’t just a Manc music legend Top-Trump showdown. This is a proper in-conversation fundraising evening between two influential Manchester music figures – Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) and Mike Joyce (The Smiths) – who are also both now DJs and XS Manchester broadcasters. And where better for it to take place than the iconic Salford Lads’ Club? This is a great opportunity to visit if you have never been before, with volunteers on-hand to show you the very special ‘Wall of Names’ and recently refurbished The Smiths Room before and after the event. Expect tales of musical mavericks, memories and life in Manchester from Boon and Joyce. There may even be some cheeky Top Trumping, as well as a Q&A with the audience. Friday 5th June, 8pm, Salford Lads’ Club. 

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Refugee Week Festival at HOME

Manchester’s arts and film centre HOME, just off First Street, is bringing together a programme of film, theatre, art and performance to mark Refugee Week. These begin on Saturday 16 June (with related events running until the 22 June), with cinema experiences including the Radical and Real Film Shorts Package, the unique  theatre piece Gone telling the story of refugee resilience, and Connect, an immersive event which gives you the chance to listen to undiscovered stories of migration. A chance to see a range of work from a number of contemporary refugee artists working in and around the region too, aiming to promote unity and strength. From Saturday 16th June, HOME.

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Manchester Day

Manchester Day 2017 (photo: Mark Waugh)

This city is so fabulous we have a day to celebrate it. Manchester Day is an annual celebration, with this year set to be one of the best yet. Now in its eighth instalment, the theme for 2018 is ‘Word on the Street’. There will be a massive parade through the city centre starting at 1pm on Liverpool Road, heading along Deansgate, Peter Street and Albert Square, finishing in Exchange Square at 2.30pm. There will also be activities in the city squares and an array of food traders selected by Manchester Food and Drink Festival, plus pop-up bars serving locally-brewed ales. Many activities are free, and if you take a picture you are especially proud of, you can enter it into the Photo Competition 2018 with the chance to win big prizes. Sunday 17th June, starting at midday. 

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