Design Manchester, Manchester’s city wide festival of creativity and design in partnership with the Co-op, is including a selection of family friendly events as part of its DM17 programme.


DM17, Manchester’s city wide festival of creativity and design, in partnership with the Co-op, is back for its fifth annual series, this year made up of over 50 events. This year DM17 runs from 11-22 October, once again taking in talks, exhibitions, workshops, films, a design fair and parties at venues across Manchester.


The full family friendly listings can be found below. For all DM16 events, and to book tickets, visit:


SATURDAY 14th OCTOBER, 11am-6pm

Art&Design Saturday Club – Open Day 

Cass Art



The National Art&Design Saturday Club Open Day will take at Cass Art and will be hosted by Manchester School of Art. The Open Day will offer the chance to explore the work Club Members have created over the past year, from graphic design to puppet-making, and take part in activities designed by Club Members to share the Saturday Club ethos.


Manchester School of Art has been offering its own Saturday Club for the past two years, and is looking forward to another vibrant and exciting year of activities. National Art &Design Saturday Clubs offer 13-16 year olds around the country the opportunity to head to their local college, university or museum to learn new techniques, handle new materials and develop new skills as part of a nationally-recognised network.


SATURDAY 14th OCTOBER, 11am-1pm(tbc)

Street Art Tour – Northern Quarter



A recent history of the Northern Quarter, told through its street art. As featured in the Telegraph’s Incredible Street Arts Tours.


Learn about the creation of the Northern Quarter as we know it today, find out the major names behind some of the area’s oldest street art and why it became concentrated here, and explore the recent wave of paste ups, murals and paintings that create the unique feel of the Northern Quarter. An insight into how modern art movements in Manchester hope to continue to drive creativity within the neighbourhood, and how art was key in the redevelopment of a fast decaying area of the city.


“We’ve long thought the best way to get to know a place is through its art and its artists. Hayley absolutely proved this theory by presenting us with a completely alternative view of a city we thought we already knew fairly well. Her depth of knowledge, thrown together with an easy manner and a ton of passion made for a really great, tailored experience that left us wanting to know more!” – East Street Arts.


Tours are hosted by award winning writer Hayley Flynn, who can be contacted on 07891 299921. They are family friendly and will run for two hours from 11am – the meeting point is Shudehill Metrolink station. Booking ahead is essential. 


FRIDAY 20th – SUNDAY 22nd OCTOBER, 10am-5pm

Design City Weekender

Upper Campfield Market



The Design City Weekender will be held in Upper Campfield Market on the closing weekend of the festival and, once again, incorporates Manchester Print Fair and this year has extended its capacity and moved indoors to host three days of workshops, exhibitions, live art and design, music, showcases, 3 minute portraits, food and drink and much more.


During the day, live artworks will be created around this unique space and there are many opportunities to get involved. The Weekender will host hundreds of creatives with affordable works for sale and a schedule of workshops from University of Salford’s BA (Hons) Fashion Design, G . F Smith, SWALK Creative, Fred Aldous, Animation Nation and Lazerian including screenprinting, paper marbling, stop-frame animation, fashion design, collage and colouring.


SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER: 11am, 2pm, 4pm / SUNDAY 22ndOCTOBER: 11am, 2pm

Design City Weekender: Stop-frame animation workshops from Animation Nation (8-16 year olds)

Upper Campfield Market



Get animated with this stop-motion animation workshop, model your own monster using plasticine, and in groups of 4 bring them to life using the magic of animation!


The workshop is based on the fast-paced comedy-horror extravaganza Scream Street, which returns to CBBC this October. The hilarious gross out stop-motion comedy, follows the adventures of Luke Watson, a regular teenager apart from the werewolf gene! It is voiced by Tyger Drew-Honey, who plays Luke, with John Thomson, Debra Stephenson, Claire Skinner, Rasmus Hardiker, Tala Gouveia, and Jim Howick playing the residents of the extremely spooky Scream Street. 


Each one-hour session will allow 24 participants to work in 6 groups of 4, who after watching some animated clips for inspiration, will get to model some monsters for Scream Street and then animate them to create their very own stop-motion 10 second films.


All equipment and materials are provided including Apple Macbook Laptops, cameras, lights, tripods, backgrounds, modelling clay and istopmotion software.


The animations produced will be uploaded to the Animation Nation YouTube channel.


For the initial programme and early bird tickets visit More events will be announced in the coming weeks.


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