Manifest Arts Festival is an artist-curated biennial festival giving visitors an insight into the wide-ranging contemporary art being produced in the North West region.


In its third year, we have increased in size and scope: 10 full days to explore over 50* events across some of the most unusual and exciting spaces of arts production and exhibition in Manchester, Salford, Bolton, and this year, Wigan.


This year’s structure takes the form of 2 long weekends focusing on Manchester and Salford areas, with continuing exhibitions and special events across all areas during the week. Our satellite areas, Altrincham, Bolton, and Wigan, have events throughout the festival dates. We hope this new structure will make this huge festival easier to navigate.


We believe that we live and work in one of the most culturally exciting places in the country, and Manifest Arts Festival is a celebration of the visual arts community. We’re excited to share this with visitors wanting to get an insight into the contemporary arts scene of the region. All events are free to visit, so why not give them a try!


We hope you enjoy it!


John Lynch, Elisa Artesero, Roger Bygott – Festival Directors