Manchester is to become the home of exciting evening events on May 18 as national campaign ‘Museums at Night’ comes to the city.

Manchester After Hours (MAH), a part of the Museums at Night campaign, will take place across the city with a range of events taking place between 16:00 and 23:00.

“Manchester After Hours has been running for four years as part of the Museums at Night national campaign,” programmer and coordinator Rivca Burns told Quays.

“It has grown differently each year and for the past three years we have worked the theme ‘Odd Couplings’ which encourages venues and producers to work together who wouldn’t usually work together. This encourages a really unusual program of activity full of one-offs that you wouldn’t experience at any other time.”

Familiar venues like the National Football Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry will host events, while events like ‘Hey! Manchester On The Buses’ and the Art Walk will commute around the city during the evening.

‘Hey! Manchester On the Buses’, organised by Transport for Greater Manchester, is a specially commissioned bus route stopping 1-4 minutes walk from each event venue, with the surprise of live musical performances.

14 of the 15 events on May 18 are free entry, with the only paid entry event being a three pound advanced fee for ‘Film Focus: Big City Little Man’ at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Ms Burns encourages people to get out to the events, describing them as “fun, accessible, interesting, unique and full of surprises”.

“Our Northern neighbours Newcastle and Liverpool run clustered events called Late Show and Light Night respectively which inspired us to do something similar but slightly smaller. We approached individual venues and promoters across the city and the appetite was there to work together to create our own unusual night of unexpected happenings.”

The future is looking bright for Manchester After Hours and Ms Burns is hoping “it will get bigger and better and continue to be as exciting as it currently is.”

“What is important for us is we keep attracting new audiences to venues that they currently don’t go to and engage in activity that is different to their usual cultural activity.”

You can find more information about all of the Manchester After Hours events at and get involved across social media using #MCRAfterHours.

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