What’s happening in Manchester this March

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Spring is right around the corner and this month, there are so many great events happening across the city to help you bring in the new season. We’ve highlighted a couple of our favourites below.

Party the night away

The Academy’s the place to be this month, with gigs from Shy FX, Sam Ryder and Stiff Little Fingers plus loads more – check out what’s on at The Academy and nab yourself some cheap tix.

Deaf Institute also has loads of great night’s out planned including an Abba Disco, a 1975 night and a night of non-stop Harry Styles.

Fancy something a little different? Check out Girl Gang Manchester’s Shake it Off on Monday 6 March, this month’s theme is Lady Gaga so it’s one not to be missed. And the following Monday 13 March they’re hosting Angst Aerobics – cathartic dance party to blow away the cobwebs.

Get moving

Join The Purple Wave on Wednesday 1 March and run either 2.5km or 5km around Plattfields Park! You can either run for fun with your mates or you can fundraise for Manchester Cancer Research and get your entrance ticket for free! This event is about celebrating our University of Manchester community so everyone is welcome.

Challenge yourself with the Christie Tower Run on Sunday 12 March and run, sprint or walk up the 46 floors of the iconic Beetham Tower. You’ll be rewarded with a celebratory drink and amazing views of the city – all whilst raising money to help us get a step ahead of cancer.

Get your steps in and help raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society at their annual Glow walk. Taking place on Saturday 18 March at Salford Quays, why not sign up with your mates and have a good time for a good cause?

Not into walking or running? SOS Dance are holding a Beyonce-themed dance masterclass at Platt Lane Sports Hall Complex, where they’ll be teaching 100 people to strut their stuff to Beyoncé’s ‘Run The World’ for just £10 – no matter what your dancing level is.

Get your culture fix

Manchester Film Festival returns to the Great Northern from 10-19 March. The line up includes a whole host of independent films, from animation to documentary and political shorts. There’s the option to buy individual tickets or to buy a festival pass to explore several films across the week.

There are loads of exhibitions to explore this month. You can discover the power of music at Turn It Up at the Science and Industry Museum. A hands-on exhibition that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired. Alongside (Un)Defining Queer and Althea McNish, The Whitworth has a brand-new film, Familiar Phantoms, premiering in March by Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind. Alongside regular exhibitions at People’s History Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.

Lastly, grab yourself a bargain at Manchester’s best second-hand book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House on Sunday 12 March. From contemporary fiction to art, photography, history, cookery and history – there’s something for everyone. All money raised goes towards the running of the house so it’s a win win.

Try something new

Give dumpling rolling a go with GRUB! A great activity to try something new with your mates this month. All ingredients and materials will be provided and is suitable for vegans.

On Thursday 9 March we’re celebrating University Mental Health Day with a special event taking place at University Place. Find out more and explore what support’s on offer for University Mental Health Day.

Lastly, from 10-30 March you can discover Spanish & Latin American film at ¡Viva! HOME’s annual film festival. With 22 new feature films, including multiple UK cinema premieres, along with filmmaker Q&As, film introductions and lots of other opportunities to get involved – this is one not to be missed!

Check out what’s happening on campus

Fairtrade Fortnight kicks off on 27 Feb and runs through until 13 March so there’s loads of time to get involved. Join Food on Campus on Wednesday 1 March from 1pm at The Drum in Uni Place for lots of foodie freebies, competitions and giveaways.

As part of our Cost of Living support measures, we’re giving away free breakfasts every Wednesday in March. Read more about our Wake Up Wednesday giveaways here.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

There’s so much happening on and off campus to celebrate International Women’s Day in Manchester. Walk for Women is happening again this year, an opportunity to come together with friends and strangers to share your passion for equality. This event is totally free and is open to all.

The People’s History Museum are doing special guided tours on Wednesday 8 March, exploring Manchester’s history with women’s rights. You’ll need to book a place on this pay as you can event with a suggested donation of £10.

Check out PoWEr Up’s networking sessions for women starting out in tech who face disadvantage across ethnicity and socio-economic background. A one hour virtual session facilitated through Zoom where you’ll have the opportunity to meet two different cross-sector mentors and ask any questions about careers, work, sectors and more. Sign up today to secure your free spot.

Discover more events for International Women’s Day.

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