Hong Kong Film Festival, Beauty & The Beast & The Best Things To Do in Manchester this Week

Also including new specials at Tre Ciccio, Lonelady at The White Hotel and Beauty and the Beast at the Palace Theatre.

By Emma Davidson | April 4th '22

Monday 4th April – Sunday 10th April

This week marks the first hurdle of the Easter holidays, and I’d hate to foresee your timeline of events – but part of me thinks you might be in the market for some welcome distractions.

There’s loads of great stuff going on in the city, from brand-new specials at Tre Ciccio, to a pre-work 8am rave – and if you’re not sick of tiny little arms wrapping themselves around your legs just yet, make sure you treat the family to an afternoon at the Palace Theatre.

Food & Drink 

The first foodie event to fill your diary with this week is Food Sorcery’s Italian Street Food Cookery Class at its Cookery School in Didsbury. Its expert chefs will guide you through the processes of creating classic Italian ‘cicchetti’, small dishes that are very similar to Spanish tapas.  

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This Thursday also sees Tre Ciccio Ramsbottom’s brand-new wild garlic specials make the menu. Featuring Bruschetta, Gnudi, Trofie, Sgombro, Pescespada and Pollo Foraggiato – all of the dishes incorporate foraged wild garlic with a signature Tre Ciccio twist. 

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On the evening of Thursday 7th April at Our Lady and the Apostle in Stockport, an event is being held from 7.30pm to celebrate the launch of Stockport Gin’s new ‘Bergara Gin’. The beverage pays homage to legendary Uruguayan manager, Danny Bergara, who holds a special place in the hearts of County fans. The entry fee will include a complimentary glass of Bergara Gin together with a paired tonic.

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Art & Culture



Tomorrow, Chapeltown Picture House is screening REUNIFICATION as part of 2022’s Hong Kong Film Festival. Directed by Alvin Tsang and filmed over a 17-year period, the film gives an insider view on the contemporary Asian American immigrant experience, family psychology, and personal filmmaking.

Life Drawing with HOP is also back this week! For seasoned artists and novices alike, the relaxed art social at Levenshulme Old Library is also BYOB, so with a glass of wine in one hand and charcoal in the other you can slip away into a creative paradise.

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Long gone are the days of 4am raves at Antwerp Mansion, but it’s still a creative retreat and Reset the System, hosted by West Art Collective, only confirms that. From 4pm until 10.30pm tomorrow you can expect art, live DJs, a merch stall and more as part of the Tuesday Takeover exhibitions on the Zero-Cost Exhibition Programme by West Art Collective, giving artist cost-free exhibition experiences.

And this Thursday, you can sip and paint your evening away at Middlewood Locks as you try and recreate Hokusai’s Great Wave of Kanagawa. No experience is needed, and all art supplies will be available, as well as guidance from a practising artist, themed music and a sense of pride for your masterpiece! 

 

Music & Clubs

Hot off the back of releasing their self-titled debut album, Lovescene will bring their irresistibly rich mix of velvet RnB, groove-laden soul and driving floor filler to Manchester’s YES Basement tomorrow, and Thursday this week will see Strawberry Guy take part in a free gig at Low Four Studios on Deansgate Mews.

Lovescene @ YES

Strawberry Guy @ Low Four Studios

Industrial-pop pioneer, Lonelady is at The White Hotel this week, too. Joined by a full band, her live performance is captivating, as her industrial-esque sound is played out across various instruments including, guitars, drum machines and stacked synths, depicting DIY Manc heritage and its industrial past.

Lonelady @ TWH

This Saturday also sees Crazy P’s huge party under a plane come to Manchester airport. Club Concorde is the first ever disco and house club night to take place under the wings of a concorde plane. Crazy P take flight to bring the best slinky disco and deep electronic beats.

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Events

To celebrate 1 year of business at its King Street residence, Dooley & Rostron and Factory Coffee are hosting a calendar of events featuring free coffee, exclusive prizes and a morning rave, which will take place this Thursday morning from 8am until 10am. Soundtracked by Manchester-based DJ, Rarebit, expect a set of deep melodic house and disco, emulating 90s Café Del Mar vibes

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast is also currently on stage at The Palace Theatre. First debuted on Broadway 26 years ago, members of the original creative team have reunited on this new production that features all of the spellbinding music and lyrics of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

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Tomorrow at Hip Hop Chip Shop Mind Over Matter is hosting a night of live performances discussing mental health. BBC Presenter, David Scott and Manchester singer-songwriter SHOA will be headlining the event, sharing the stage with budding poets, rappers, singers, actors and comedians alike.⁠

Finally, at The Fitzgerald this week Comedy For Hot People is back, hosted by Erika Ehler. Tickets for the event are pay what you want, and she’ll also be joined by budding comedians Sophie Ducker, Jain Edwards, Dan Tiernan and James Heath. 

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