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Manchester weekend guide: one very artsy weekend

time to plan a lovely weekend of art, music, and outdoorsy-ness

The screams from Drake’s visit last week have finally died down; now it’s time to plan a lovely weekend of art, music, and outdoorsy-ness

Northwest Zinefest 2016

Zine, Ziney

The creators of Sugar Paper zine are launching a new exhibition, Make Do And Mend, which celebrates the world of craft and looks back at ten years of their artistic collaborations. To mark this, they’re hosting a free workshop where you can pick up some knitting and sewing skills. Launch and workshop, 19 Feb; 2-5pm; free; exhibition runs until 2 April; Salford Zine Library in Nexus art café, 2 Dale Street M1

Confetti Cannons

Confetti cannons

Imagine walking into a party supplies shop and being told you can have absolutely anything you want. Now imagine all that confetti, bunting, novelty glasses, and fancy dress piled into the Albert Hall for a full day of partying with the legendary Spanish partiers Elrow. These particular events are Bollywood themed. 18 & 19 Feb; 1pm-11pm; £38.50; The Albert Hall, 27 Peter Street, M2


On yer bike

Do you long to avoid rush hour and cycle to work; but really, riding a bike on a road is just a bit too scary? This confidence-building session and social ride, hosted by Lady Pedal, takes place in Alexandra Park, and the experienced leaders will get you road-safe in no time. 19 Feb; 11am for confidence session, 1pm-3.30pm for social ride; free; Tea Hive, Alexandra Park, Alexandra Road South, M14

Alina Pogostkina

Leipzig to Finland

Mendelssohn’s magnificent Violin Concerto is the epitome of musical Romanticism – and with rising-star virtuoso Alina Pogostkina joining the BBC Philharmonic, it’s in excellent hands. Taking place at the Bridgewater Hall, this is the perfect way to soothe your end-of-weekend, oh-no-it’s-Monday-tomorrow-already nerves. 19 Feb; 7.30pm; from £10; The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, M2

Pen to Paper

Pen to paper

This weekend is your last chance to catch Ruby Tingle’s solo exhibition – The Land Is – at PAPER Gallery. The gallery represents a range of emerging and mid-career artists, with Ruby’s work focusing on natural history. She’s created a new album of original music to play as visitors browse her work. 18 Feb; 11am-5pm; free; PAPER Gallery, Unit 12, Mirabel Studios, 14-20 Mirabel Street, M3

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