REFRACT:18 at Waterside

What's on?

A brand new ten day summer programme bursting with experiential performance, music and events to challenge visitors of all ages to see things differently.

Refract:18 runs from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 July, bringing together a carefully curated programme jilted from convention.

re:cast

re:cast

Ceramic artists Grace Igoe and Katie Nelson feature in a joint exhibition of newly commissioned and recent work with striking ...

→ More
Long Shot

Long Shot

Join us for a catapultastic evening of clowning, contraptions, comedy and courage, as one man’s belief in the near impossible ...

→ More
Getting from A to B

Getting from A to B

Hawk Dance Theatre take family audiences on an entertaining adventure around the library in Getting from A to B, looking ...

→ More
Awakening

Awakening

Fresh from Breakin’ Convention ’18, Manchester’s own Chad Taylor presents Awakening - using the intricacy of Hip Hop to explore ...

→ More
Mother's Ruin

Mother's Ruin

Mother’s Ruin presents a hilarious night of outrageous and fiercely entertaining queer cabaret mayhem with an unprecedented line up of ...

→ More
Tankus the Henge

Tankus the Henge

Combining wild showmanship and musical dexterity their sound incorporates rock, funk, blues, ska, roots and gypsy rhythms and their songs ...

→ More
Refract Art Club

Refract Art Club

Have fun with optical illusions! Cut out and colour a collection of optical illusions and create your own, on paper.

→ More
War with the Newts

War with the Newts

Adrift in the bowels of a fishing vessel, join the pioneers of the post-Brexit economic recovery where the most ordinary ...

→ More
Minute Taker

Minute Taker

Minute Taker is alternative singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben McGarvey. Inspired by imaginative artists such as Kate Bush, David Bowie, Tori ...

→ More
MiniFest

MiniFest

Bring your Mini ones and get some festival vibes – no wellies required! – and we’ll do the steam train ...

→ More
Happy Hour

Happy Hour

The workers on Level 3 are racing against the clock to reach their quota of Smiley Faces, but are they ...

→ More
STUNTMAN

STUNTMAN

Stuntman is a new performance about movie violence and masculinity. It is an intensely physical, funny, and tender duet by ...

→ More
small worlds

small worlds

Five interweaving stories, five small worlds, five very different journeys. Stories about journeys, big and small, stories about taking that ...

→ More
SLIME TIME!

SLIME TIME!

The latest gloopy craze has come to Refract! This slippery slime-making session is perfect for you to indulge your big ...

→ More
Overdrawn at Waterside

Overdrawn at Waterside

An interactive art event with established artists, illustrators and designers from Manchester. Expect pound portraits, calligraphy, local artists drawing live, ...

→ More
Make, Do and Bop

Make, Do and Bop

Join us for a knees up with your nippers where you can throw your hands up, let your hair down, ...

→ More
Jeramiah Ferrari

Jeramiah Ferrari

Expect a great calypso-ska style dancing party fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and pop to make a truly memorable ...

→ More
Perfect

Perfect

The touching story of a boy meeting his disabled sister for the first time, with puppetry, live music, animation and ...

→ More