Gothic Festival Manchester 2017

Following the success of last year’s Gothic Manchester Festival on The Gothic North, this year’s event will be focused on the topic of Gothic Style(s).

The festival offers something for every Gothic and Horror enthusiast, from the body-beautiful horror in Nicholas Winding Refn’s chilling vision of the modern Gothic world of fashion, to a catwalk devoted to Goths and steampunks showcasing the latest North West street style.

The diverse series of screenings, exhibitions, readings and book launches centres on the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies’s annual festival conference, this year entitled Gothic Styles: Gothic Substance; a collection of accessible papers delivered by a mixture of students, experienced academics and Gothic enthusiasts.

The Gothic Manchester Festival represents a popular venture into the dark side of Mancunian culture and is the perfect precursor to our guests’ Halloween celebrations.

When: 24/10- 29/10

Where: a number of events across the city.

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Events – part of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2017


24th October 2017 | 6:30pm – 10:00pm

The Dancehouse Theatre, 10A Oxford Road, Manchester. M1 5QA

Frankenstein/Bride of Frankenstein Screening

This double bill from director James Whale affords audiences an opportunity to rediscover two classic films that helped to define horror cinema in the 1930s.
The screening will be introduced by DM17 fim series co-curator, Christopher Frayling, whose forthcoming book, Frankenstein: The First 200 Years, precludes the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s novel.

Wednesday 25th October 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

70 Oxford Street, Manchester. M1 5NH

The Night Demon Screening

Set in the contemporary Gothic world of the fashion industry, Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Night Demon (2016) is a tale of beauty, narcissism and death that utilises the conventional modes of Gothic and Horror while simultaneously re-framing them for a twenty-first-century audience.


Thursday 26th October 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

3MT Theatre, Afflecks Arcade, Oldham Street, Manchester. M1 1JG.

Gothic Styles: Dr Claire Nally in Conversation with John Robb

Music and Gothic culture aficionados John Robb (Membranes, Louder Than War) and Dr Claire Nally (Northumbria University) will be engaging in a full and frank discussion on the Gothic past and Goth in the twenty-first century, in addition to how Gothic literature and film intersect with street style and popular culture.

Friday 27th October 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

John Rylands Library Historic Reading Room, Deansgate, Manchester. M3 3EH

Rosie Garland – The Night Brother Reading & Book Signing

Proclaimed as a ‘literary hero’ by The Skinny, Rosie Garland is an award-winning poet, novelist and singer with the post-punk band, The March Violets.
Author of Green Carnation Prize nominee, Vixen, Garland’s debut novel, The Palace of Curiosities, won Book of the Year at the Co-op Respect Awards 2013. It also received nominations for both the Desmond Elliott and the Polari First Book Prizes. Her latest novel, The Night Brother, was released in June to critical acclaim.

Saturday 28th October 2017 | 9:00am – 6:00pm.

70 Oxford Road, Manchester. M1 5NH

Tickets from £10

Gothic Styles: Gothic Substance – Festival Conference

The centerpiece of the annual Gothic Manchester Festival, this year’s conference, Gothic Styles: Gothic Substance, will feature twenty minute presentations from a number of prominent scholars from the field of Gothic Studies presenting research about various aspects of Gothic style.

Sunday 29th October 2017 | 12 Noon

Meet outside Manchester Cathedral, M3 1SX

Tickets from: £9

Gothic Manchester Walking Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Manchester’s streets and the Gothic undertones that lurk beneath the city’s multitude of glossy surfaces. Marvel at the Gothic contours of Manchester’s architectural heritage and its rich literary history as we prepare to shine a light into some of the city’s darkest corners.

Sunday 29th October 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Exchange Square, Manchester City Centre, M3 1RD

Gothic Styles Street Fashion Show

The fifth annual Gothic Manchester Festival closes with the Gothic Styles Street Fashion Show. Real-life Goths, punks and steampunks will be parading their unique styles for the Manchester public.
Accompanied by a distinctive soundtrack of Goth music, this will be a memorable catwalk and a great way to finish your Halloween weekend.