It can be confusing when I arrange to meet friends at Manchester’s arts centre, HOME – I have to remember to use caps lock in my text. HOME was built to replace the previous arts centre, Corner House – which it does in some style – and, although it is not actually my home, I can – and occasionally do – spend all day and evening there. I might be ‘working’ in the comfortable bars, eating in the rather good restaurant, catching an exhibition in the gallery, a film in one of the five cinemas or a live show in one of the two theatres. My preferred corner is the outdoor terrace on the second floor – but if the weather is unkind, indoors will do just as well.
Film is one of my favourite pastimes and, although there are many other cinemas within ten minutes walk of HOME, this is the go-to place for independent productions. The curators here know their stuff and, apart from showing the latest releases, they are always devising festival programmes dedicated to different genres, eras and nationalities. I have found it a great way to catch up on those classics I never saw but only heard about.
The live performance programme is contemporary – as is the art shown in the gallery – so if this kind of thing is up your street, check out what’s on during your stay. Alternatively, you can just hang out in the bar and feel at home with Manchester’s culture vultures.