9 ways to make yourself smarter in Manchester
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If 2016 is the year you’ve decided to try some new things in the city, then let us help,

From stand-up comedy to museum visits, we’ve rounded up 9 events, exhibitions and courses that will help you become smarter in Manchester.

1. Become a stand-up

Fancy yourself as the next Frankie Boyle or Bridget Christie? At ComedySportz you can take part in numerous improv classes with experts and teams of other newbies, honing your skills in a safe (and sometimes competitive) environment before hitting the stage. Learning has never been so much fun.

comedysportz.co.uk/workshops

2. Learn how to code

If you’ve ever been faced with adding HTML to your blog or are keen to build your own website, the team at CodeUp could be worth getting in touch with this year. They offer adults the opportunity to attend free drop-in classes while also running various coding events.

codeupmcr.co.uk

3. Attend a TED talk

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A TED conference is where individuals are offered a platform which allows them to take centre stage to discuss ideas or experiences which are worth talking about. The independent event migrates around the world provoking sharp discussion through live speakers, as well as through online videos. The thought provoking conference heads to the roads of Manchester in February, where you could witness the next Edward Snowden take to the stage.

For more info see ted.com

4. Gaze through a Fab Lab

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Brought to Manchester by The Manufacturing Institute, the Fab Lab is a creative space which allows budding designers and entrepreneurs to experiment with ideas and to bring them to life. The lab in Manchester has 1800 registered users, and with highly trained staff on hand, anyone can produce whatever enters their mind. Upcoming events include making 3D models and producing custom furniture with a milling machine.

5. Experience a Gathering of Strangers

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The prestigious gallery which is part of The University of Manchester has won the Art Fund prize for The Museum of the Year award for delivering innovative and imaginative works of art. The gallery has you thinking through an abstract manner as soon as you draw closer as the phrase, ‘gathering of strangers’ poses on the top of the building. It features historical pieces along with contemporary creations to have you thinking metaphysical thoughts.

The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6ER, whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

6. Educate at HOME

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The Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse merged together to form HOME, a centre for contemporary art, theatre and film. The venue features a small unit cinema which screens independent films, each showing is picked according to how much it strays from mainstream cinema, the more the better. By watching movies as such, they tend to educate you on a viewpoint which hasn’t already been voiced. This step to becoming a smartie pants is certainly enjoyable, and out of the ordinary.

Tony Wilson Place, 2 First St, Manchester M15 4FN, homemcr.org

A first look at HOME, Manchester’s new £25m arts centre

7. Join a society

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From a baking society to a board game society, there are hundreds of groups to think about joining. If you feel passionate about one particular topic or you enjoy a certain hobby, extent this interest by socialising with others with the same liking. Societies which are attached to Manchester universities are available to join throughout the year, not only through Fresher’s week.

Register for a University of Manchester society today via manchesterstudentsunion.com

8. Visit the Imperial War Museum

Nestled within Salford Quays, the remarkable building stands to offer an abundance of knowledge and artefacts sustained from the World Wars. The branch explores the impact of current day conflicts on our society, along with providing educational exhibitions and extra curricular activities. Some of us may remember Horrible Histories and the gruesome tales they told, in effect to that, the museum hosts a Horrible Histories event titled Blitzed Brits. It exhibits Wartime Britain by featuring more than 200 memoirs which reveal personal experiences from the war.

Quay West, Trafford Wharf Rd, Manchester M17 1TZ, iwm.org.uk  

9. Take a late night study socials

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The Museum of Manchester collaborates with students by allowing them access to the collections study centre. This includes interacting with objects and exhibitions which are available at the Museum, allowing you to extend your knowledge on a particular historical subject. You can gain experience by volunteering to work at the museum, and even specialise in a specific field.

The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, museum.manchester.ac.uk

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