If you’re looking for great things to do in February, look no further than HOME. Located just a few minutes from AXIS, this is the place to go in Manchester if you want to discover new art, unique experiences, fascinating stories and more from across the city and the world.
If you’re interested in cutting-edge theatre productions, the finest independent films, thought-provoking art or simply want a friendly place to relax over a glass of wine, HOME will have something for you.
The following are our pick of the events on this February:
Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail for New York together in 1910 and took their first steps into comedy – a world they would end up changing forever.
They spent two years working together in American before Laurel returned home to find success with Oliver Hardy, and Chaplin became one of the most famous people in the world thanks to his Little Tramp character.
This theatre stage explores the fascinating relationship between the two men, playing a little fast and loose with the facts to create a funny and moving tribute to these two giants of comedy.
Helen, Alan and Graham are deaf and question why the world around them is the way it is. Their coming of age stories are both individual and entwined, unfolding together on stage as they unite in a struggle against ignorance and violence.
Created by theatre group Ad Infinitum, Extraordinary Wall of Silence is a beautifully orchestrated work of storytelling which manages to be compassionate, informative and profound all at the same time.
By combining a precise and careful examination of what it means to be deaf with the powerful beauty of British Sign Language, this show becomes a feast for the senses which confronts stereotypes and brings a hidden story of oppression and misunderstanding into the light.
The beauty of a novel is that it takes your imagination to places where you can’t go in the real world. Whether it is an alien world, a time long past, or the inner realms of the subconscious, sometimes the written word is our only way to get there.
Critics often label such novels ‘unfilmable’, but this is not enough to put off the most intrepid directors. Whether through ambition, love or an excess of self-confidence, filmmakers through the ages have brought the essence of our most ambitious literature to screen. Over February, you can see some of the most intriguing and admirable results at HOME:
Manchester Open Exhibition 2020 is a major open-entry art show filled with work from more than 500 Greater Manchester residents, selected by a panel of art experts and representatives from the community.
An underlying philosophy at HOME is that everybody is an artist, and this new exhibition gives people the chance to prove it – whether they already identify as an artist or not. Having received more than 2,000 entries from across the Greater Manchester boroughs, this is a true effort to democratise art and diversify a field often seen as a closed shop.
This also applies to the people viewing the art. You don’t need an art degree to appreciate the works, and entry is free to all. What’s more, most of the artwork is for sale – so, if anything catches your eye, this is a great opportunity to support the local community and brighten up your home at the same time.