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Home Manchester Has Reopened!

Holly Eliza Temple

It has been a long few months for the city of Manchester without its plethora of arts, theatre and film institutions open for visitors. HOME, the recognisable glass building housing a hub of art and entertainment in Manchester’s city centre, has been one venue that we’ve been eagerly awaiting the re-opening of. 
And on 4 September, the hang-out spot of the city opened its doors again, with the addition of a few changes to make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable. They’ve even created this handy video to help you get used to the new normal.

You can help support HOME during this difficult time for the arts, by donating to their Empty Seats campaign here – and if you’re on the edge of your seat waiting to visit, here’s a round-up of what’s on in the coming weeks, and what you can expect when you visit.

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La Haine
HOME celebrates the 25th anniversary of Mathieu Kassovitz’s critically acclaimed La Haine, with a series of screenings of the French film. Inspired by true events, La Haine follows three friends through the suburbs of Paris in the aftermath of a riot, in a powerful depiction of political unrest, police brutality and remembrance. Now being shown from a restoration, the film is available to book throughout September and is sure to sell out.
Screening throughout September, available to book online now.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
The country’s extended lockdown means a lot of us have binge-watched our way through every documentary available online, and we’re looking for something new. A stunning new feature documentary from the nation’s favourite natural historian, A Life on Our Planet reflects on Attenborough’s lifetime of work dedicated to our natural world, highlighting our impact on the life around us with motivation for change. A first-hand account from Attenborough himself, the film screening will be followed by a recorded conversation between himself and Sir Michael Palin.
Screening on 28th September, available to book online now.

Homemakers, online
If you’re not ready to get back out there yet, there’s plenty to engage with from the comfort of your couch, with live streams and online events. Why not start with Homemakers? A series of commissioned performances asking artists to create works from their homes, all viewable online. The project includes Tell Me, a game to play at home by Chris Thorpe and Yusra Warsama, and ACTUALQUEST, an interactive fantasy musical by Seiriol Davies and Matthew Blake that only requires a smartphone.

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 HOME’s theatre programme is back in October, and a gallery programme will be announced soon. For now, you can enjoy the cinema’s consistently inspiring showings, and the bar and restaurant, which are open again for a post-movie drink and bite to eat.
Nearby, the streets around Tony Wilson Place house enough independent bars and restaurants that you’ll be spoiled for choice. Grab a beer at The Gas Works Brew Bar and admire their in-house brewery, before grazing on the authentic street food on offer at Indian Tiffin Room - or treat yourselves to a fine dining experience at WOOD Manchester.
HOME is fully accessible, and is currently operating a one-way system, socially-distanced seating and reduced capacity.
You can find HOME at 2 Tony Wilson Place, M15 4FN, just off Whitworth St West.

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