Three to see this weekend: a 50 metre pizza, a beer festival and a bit of Mancunian heritage

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Celine Dion is in Manchester for those of you who fancy singing their hearts out and crying simultaneously. For those of you who don’t fancy this, or couldn’t get tickets, there’s plenty else going on around our city, including a beer party, an Italian fiesta and a little bit of Mancunian photographic history.

Tuck in to Festa Italiana

Manchester’s Italian community are staging a free Italian festival for the city this weekend.   Cathedral Gardens will be transformed into the festival piazza for Festa Italiana, celebrating all things Italian. It will recreate the atmosphere of festivals over in Italy, where the community comes together to socialise, enjoy great food, great drink and live music. The focus will be on cuisine but the festival is all about bringing a real, Italian party atmosphere to Manchester, celebrating all things Italian with events and entertainment for all ages. Look out for the 50ft pizza.

Cathedral Gardens, Friday 23 – Sunday 25 June, 11am-11pm 

Manchester Beer Week Launch Party

Celebrate the start of Manchester Beer Week by, well, drinking beer. There’ll be all kinds of brews on offer, great food, good chat and those all around good vibes. There’s even a killer live DJ mix tape to get those feet shuffling. Great beers from Manchester’s best breweries teamed with the street food legends that are GRUB, all in the iconic Mayfield Depot is bound to make for a good time. If you’re a beer lover, there’s really no excuse to miss this.

GRUB, Mayfield Depot, Baring Street, Manchester M1 2PY

Shirley Baker exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery

Pioneering British photographer Shirley Baker (1932-2014) is thought to be the only woman practising street photography in Britain during the post-war era. If that’s not impressive enough, her work captures street scenes that received very little attention during her lifetime. This exhibition includes previously unseen colour photographs, alongside black and white images focusing on her depictions of the urban clearance programmes of inner city Manchester and Salford of the 1960s. These photographs really captured the mood of the 1960s and 1970s and documents what Baker saw as the needless destruction of working class communities. For anyone who has an interest in the city’s heritage, this one’s for you.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL

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