Engaging our communities
We aim to increase public understanding and support for arts and languages and to communicate their significance for the wider community.
This includes fostering relationships with businesses, employers, the general public, alumni, local schools, other universities and institutes of higher education and service providers.
Culture at Manchester
Public events and engagement
We run a diverse range of public and community events, ranging from open days and public lectures to festivals and musical concerts.
Manchester Histories Festival
Academics, students and alumni from the History department within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures are actively involved with the Manchester Histories Festival.
Manchester Histories Festival takes place over 10 days with events held at a wide range of venues across Greater Manchester.
The Celebration Day is a one day event on the last Saturday of the festival that is traditionally held in Manchester Town Hall and includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, games and lots more.
The festival is for people of all ages and historical experience from schoolchildren and college students to family history enthusiasts and museum curators, everyone can get involved.
See how academics, students and alumni from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures are actively involved with the Manchester Histories Festival in the video below:
Multilingual Manchester is based within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester and promotes awareness of language diversity in the city-region and beyond.
They study the practical challenges and the immense opportunities that language diversity brings and explore how it shapes people’s language repertoires and practices.
Multilingual Manchester has recently launched LinguaSnapp, a mobile app aimed at developing a multilingual landscape map of Manchester through.
The School is committed to supporting a vibrant cultural environment in the city of Manchester and beyond.
The School sustains close relationships with a variety of artistic and cultural bodies, both inside and outside the University, and puts on a variety of cultural events which are open to the public.
- Institute for Cultural Practices (ICP)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL)
- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)
- Confucius Institute
- John Rylands Research Institute
- Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre
- Insight Film Festival
- Manchester Histories Festival
- Manchester Literature Festival
- Multilingual Manchester
- Palaver Festival
We have a number of visitor attractions that are open to the public, offering something for everyone:
Culture on campus
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Home of the world's third-largest steerable radio telescope & the e-MERLIN National Facility.
The John Rylands Library
Home to one of the world's finest collections of rare books and manuscripts.
Home to dinosaurs, mummies, live animals and a huge variety of items from the natural world and different cultures.
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama
A performance space situated at the heart of the University of Manchester’s campus.