Grab Your Coat, You've Pulled | Manchester 5th - 12th January

And just like that it was January. The first week of the new year is always a little strange, if not disorientating, the return to work is both welcome and lamented as the festive fog lingers in the air.

It can feel like a uphill battle re-establishing a normal routine, but with the return of GYCYP - the weekly guide to the best things to see and do in the city of Manchester, normal order resumes and a fresh host of events makes the transition into January a little more bearable.

Yolklore’s weekly round-up is curated to provide you with a comprehensive guide of the best things to see, do, and experience in and around the city. We strive to give you an original events guide and transport you away from the every day.

Waking you up from the sleepwalk of life and helping you off that hamster wheel. GYCYP is inspired by this city’s creatives, restaurants, coffee shops and change-makers, and shines a light on the awesome merry-go-round of events darting their way across Manchester.

From Pakistani fine dining to knitting and noodles, we’ve got the weekly round-up that you need to dazzle up of your days, and spice up your 5-9.

Cos there’s a whole world out there.

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Sat 5 January 2019

The news that High street retailer Greggs was to launch it’s very own vegan sausage roll confirmed suspicions that 2019 was already shaping up to be immeasurably better than the previous year…vegan just got mainstream we hear you cry!

While I cannot attest to the taste or quality of said roll, I can tell you that Manchester’s street-food scene is well ahead of the curve when it comes to the meat-free movement, which is why ‘Everything’s Gone Green’ Vegan Festival at YES this Saturday is worth a visit.

The street food takeover masterminded by kitchen residents, Firebird Hope, will see the likes of award-winning Oh Mei Dumpling, Leeds-based Doner Summer (what a name), Mama-Z who brings "a taste of Manila to Manchester" and Los Antojitos - vegan Mexican food specialising in street tacos and multi-bean chilli bowls, bringing meat-free to the masses.

Entry into YES is free and pop-up stalls will be open from 12pm til 6pm.

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Sun 6 December 2018

New year, new beginnings, Spark storytelling at Creameries in Chorlton takes place this Sunday evening and it might just be the perfect way to shake-off the January blues and embrace the change and promise of the year ahead.

Billed as an open mic night that operates somewhere between stand up and an AA Meeting, Spark opens up the floor to anyone who has a tale to tell and a story to share.

Their January series starts with ‘New Beginnings’ a theme with particular potency at this time of year. The only rules - your story must be true and no more than five minutes long.

Tickets are free, register interest here

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Wed 9 January 2019

*Calling all wannabee Street Food vendors*

Conversations at this time of year tend to revolve around positive affirmations, resolutions and fresh starts. If you have ever dreamed off setting up your own street-food initiative then GRUB’s new trader workshop may give you the push you’ve been looking for.

GRUB, the street-food events company is putting on a free and informal workshop with its traders for you to ask those all important questions about getting your new business off the ground, ideal for any home cooks, keen bakers and experienced professionals looking to take the plunge.

Covering those initial first steps, common mistakes, menu design, the importance of social media, and absolutely anything you would like to ask, such as…is there scope in the street-food stall that sells 101 variations of humus? Asking for a friend…

With Q&A’s with Bakeorama, What’s Your Beef, and Mark Laurie (director of street-food for the National Caterer’s Association), plus opportunities for one to one conversations with GRUB and their traders, all the advice and support you could want for is quite literally served up on a plate for you.

Free event

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Thurs 10 January 2019

Dig Deep Records are heading to Behind Closed Doors this Thursday for a late night session with Fair Play DJ’s and pop-up record shop.

For a night of Disco Boogie Funk and Soul plus the chance to have a good old rummage through DDR’s latest haul of vinyl picks from their favourite dealers and DJ’s, head to Behind Closed Doors on Thursday evening.

Entry is free but might be suggest a tipple from BCD’s well-stocked cocktail bar

Castlefield Gallery - The Ground Beneath Your Feet - Running until February 2019

Castlefield gallery’s latest exhibition, The Ground Beneath Your Feet feels pertinent and necessary after a lengthy period of tumultuous politics and cultural change across the globe.

In a world plighted by international challenges, from the refugee crisis, increasing environmental catastrophes and rising inequality, The Ground Beneath Your Feet, seeks to instigate more nuanced and balanced conversations on the matters affecting geopolitics right now.

As part of The With One Voice International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival, the exhibition will run until February 2019, bringing together the work of artists, activists and campaigners. In the context of global tragedy and upheaval, this exhibition asks how do we relate to the ground beneath our feet.