Your guide to what's on in and around Manchester this week.
Monday February 27
Billy Connolly, O2 Apollo Manchester, Tickets £35.00, 20.00
Glaswegian comedy legend Billy Connolly is making Manchester his home for the next three days as he performs at the O2 Apollo until Wednesday. The stand-up, TV and film star is one of the country’s most celebrated performers and has seen his career grow from being the joker on Clyde shipyards to an international face of laughter.
Visit The O2 Apollo Manchester website for further information.
Tuesday February 28
Madama Butterfly, The Lowry, Tickets £16.00 adult
One of the world’s best-loved operas, Madama Butterfly is the story of a young woman whose innocent love is rewarded only with betrayal. This exquisite production sets one of opera’s most heart-breaking love stories in the context of the culture clash between East and West, and combines beauty with unflinching emotional honesty.
Visit The Lowry website for further information.
Wednesday February 29
One Off, Incognito, Northern Quarter, Free, 18.00
A ‘One Off’ photography exhibition in Northern Quarter is celebrating next Wednesday’s leap year through social media.
Incognito is a boutique gift and photography shop in the heart of Manchester’s bohemian quarter, and will welcome fans of the hugely popular smart phone application Instagram to help celebrate February’s 29th day.
Over seven million people use the picture taking, editing and distributing application and this year users from Manchester are able to get involved with the social media led campaign ‘One Off’.
Visit the campaign’s website for further information.
Thursday March 1
Family History Helpdesk, City Library, Free, 11.00
Every Thursday, Manchester and Lancashire Family History offers free advice for those who want to trace their family history. If you’re not sure where to start, the expert guidance available should provide you with the perfect starting platform.
Visit the Manchester City Council website for further information.
Friday March 2
¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Film Festival, Cornerhouse, Festival pass £50, March 2- March 25
¡Viva!, the internationally acclaimed Spanish and Latin American Film Festival, will return to Manchester’s Cornerhouse for the 18th time. It’s the UK’s largest and most popular Spanish language film festival and showcases the newest feature films and documentaries to come out of Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
Running for three weeks, the festival is made up of small indie feature films to big blockbusters, short films to documentaries and Spanish speaking classes for all abilities run throughout.
Visit Cornerhouse website for further information.
Saturday March 3
Manchester Irish Festival, Various locations, March 2 – March 18
The Manchester Irish Festival is now in its 17th year and is already one of Europe’s biggest Irish festivals. The 17 day cultural festival begins on Friday March 2 and runs to Sunday March 18, as well as numerous pre and post events.
The two week spectacular has over 80 venues staging just over 200 events involving art, comedy, culture, dance, music, theatre and sport. Other highlights include a four day city centre outdoor Irish market and entertainment marquee, the annual three hour St Patrick’s Day Parade and the two week Tradfest in South Manchester.
Visit Manchester Irish Festival website for further information.
Sunday March 4
King Gong, The Comedy Store, Tickets £4.00 advanced, 19.30
The most famous open mic night in the country returns. MC Jason Cook orchestrates as upcoming comics and the average Joe Bloggs alike pit their wits against the audience and the Gong. The audience choose who wins this prestigious title.