Something of a night owl nuzzler? Barely see the back of the city unless it's under the haze of streetlights and post-bar shenanigans? Then how about gathering a new perspective on what Manchester after dark has to boast with its first ever 'nocturnal festival of culture'.

In conjunction with Culture 24 and boasting a late night perspective on one of the coolest city districts, the Northern Quarter, Manchester After Hours and Northern Quarter After Dark aims to shine a new light on the city, without shining very much light at all. A quarter for the crafty, creative, forward thinking and fundamentally explorative, what better place to host such a hootenanny as guests are set to clamber through the NQ streets this May 15th, uncovering a wealth of unique events, art and music.

An after-hours festival where visitors can dabble in unique events, uncover top notch art and generally bathe in the creativity of MCR's Northern Quarter.

From art houses and restaurants, to bars and creative caverns, no artsy stone will be left unturned as late night events are set to be scattered about the Northern Quarter Plot; from Twenty Twenty Two to the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Nothern Quarter After Dark and Manchester After-Hours looks to be a great chance to uncover the city, and totally break your bedtime curfew. 

Here are our top picks for events to try at Northern Quarter After Dark this May in Manchester: 

  • Happenings at Twenty Twenty Two (Free, 4pm-2am): Expect glow in the dark ping-pong, literal light installations and building projections. Oh, and drinks, lots of them.
  • Live Street Art at Terrace (Free, 6pm-Late): Live street art from some of the city's best, a hip-hop brass band,DJs all night and art installations. Old school meets the new school meets art. 
  • Manchester Spins at The Bay Horse (Free, 7pm-11pm): This infamous art and music venue hosts Nicky Rybka Goldsmith's photographic portfolio for the first time amongst vinyl sleeve designs from Trevor Johnson.