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Manchester Weekend Guide: cake, craft, and comics

In which design flair appears all over the city


Got it made

We tide ourselves over all year with pop-up markets and late-night Etsy purchases, but nothing can quite compare to the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. With over 150 designers and makers under one roof, you can (and probably will) pick up ceramics, jewellery, glass, textiles, wood, metal, and art prints. There’s even a café on site. 12-15 Oct; from £7.02; Upper Campfield Market Hall, Campfield Arcade, M3

Manchester Craft and Design Fair

Girls on film

“Will the creative industries ever be truly diverse?” is the question posed by magneticNorth at a panel discussion on Monday. Featuring panellists such as Kate Brooks (assistant producer of Emmerdale), journalist Kieran Yates and Kate Dickie (aka Lysa Arryn in Game of Thrones), they will tackle issues of gender balance in film and other industries. 16 Oct; 5.30pm-7.30pm; free; HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15

A discussion about gender equality in film in Manchester

Comic relief

A little bit further afield but worth the trip if you, like us, appreciate a graphic novel, The Lakes International Comic Art Festival is taking over the whole town of Kendal this weekend. There’ll be artists, creators, and writers gathering from across the globe for events such as live drawings, masterclasses, and panel discussions. 13-15 Oct; from £8; across Kendal, Cumbria, LA9

Design desire

It’s well underway by now, but DM17 – that’s Design Manchester’s fifth city-wide festival – has got a programme packed with thought-provoking events. There’s the Reframing Reality film season, workshops (including this free one tonight about growing a creative company), art and architecture walking tours, and a dozen exhibitions (Football Crest Index, anyone?) Until 22 Oct; various times and prices; city-wide

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