Books, beauty and boss ladies - your summer inspiration is here

Summer is the perfect time to reinvent yourself. Add a heady dose of Vitamin-D into the mix, and the summer months can leave you feeling like anything is possible – be it love, a bold career move or the opportunity to express yourself.

To aid you in your mission of self-improvement, this month has a host of activities on offer to bolster your ego. From a fiercely feminist spoken word event to an alternative modelling competitions, this month is all about embracing your individuality, owning your journey and celebrating the people that inspire you along the way.  

‘That’s What She Said’ spoken word event | Tribeca, 5 July

Shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night in the UK (Saboteur Awards, 2017), That's What She Said is a fiercely fabulous feminist spoken word showcase featuring iconic and emerging authors with a mix of performance, poetry, storytelling, slam and more. This month’s line-up includes Holly Ringland, who’s debut novel The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart has already sold in 20 territories and Rosie Garland, an award-winning novelist (The Night Brother, Vixen), poet and singer.

Tickets £6 – get them here
7.00pm - 10.00pm
Tribeca, 50 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3WF

2Squared Clearance Pop-up Sale | Barton Arcade, various dates

Barton Arcade is hosting yet another pop-up this month, this time showcasing a selection of streetwear brands from 2Squared. Snap up deals at up to 90% off brands including: Cruyff, Champion, Didadora, Creative Recreation and Android Homme. Prices start at £5 with limited stock, so get there early.

Tickets free – more information here
6, 7, 8 July and 13, 14, 15 July
Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BH

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Athleisure brand Creative Recreation will be on sale at the event

The Lemonade Project - Resilience Training | Saint James's Building, Oxford Road, 6 July

‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ – is a pretty popular phrase of late. It’s plastered everywhere an anywhere from our quote-saturated news fees to t-shirts and stationary. But whilst buying a lemon-adorned notebook is as easy as nipping to the corner shop, practicing resilience in real life when the going really gets tough is a heck of a lot more challenging. Join this free workshop to harness the skills you need to master resilience in the face of adversity.

Free – get tickets here
9.30am - 1.00pm
Saint James's Building, 61-95 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EJ

Scents of Occasion, In Conversation with Sabina Hannan | Selfridges Exchange Square, 7 July

Selfridges Beauty Insider events are back again this month with expert tips from influencer Sabina Hannan. With over 476k Instagram followers to her name, Sabina knows a thing or two about creating enviable beauty looks and will be joining the Selfridges team to share her expertise on summer scents. Enjoy a selection of sweet treats and welcome drinks before discovering your perfect summer fragrance.  

Tickets £30 – buy them here (100% redeemable against fragrance purchases from across the store on the day) 
2:00PM & 5.00PM
Selfridges Exchange, Manchester, Beauty on Lower Ground 

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Influencer Sabina Hannan will be at Selfridges on 7 July

Rooftop Reggae Yoga | Hyper Island, Lever Street, 7 July

Kick-start your weekend with a wave of positive vibes at rooftop reggae yoga. The classes run weekly on Saturday mornings from the heights of Hyper Island, blasting out reggae beats across the city centre whilst you downward dog. Mats are provided.

Tickets £8 + booking fee – get them here
10.30am – noon
Hyper Island, 24 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1DZ

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Enjoy reggae yoga with a view

Free outdoor training sessions | Blacks Deansgate, every Tuesday

Whether you’re planning on scaling Snowdon, running a marathon or just getting more outdoors, these free training classes are sure to see you reach your personal goals. Leave your belongings at The North Face at Blacks Deansgate, then head to a local park for an intense training session. All abilities welcome.

Every Tuesday at 6pm
Start: Blacks, 200 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3NN
More information here

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FoundHER Manchester 2018 | King Street Townhouse, 10 July

The ‘festival for working women’, FoundHER combines a selection of impressive women with a schedule of empowering content for an event that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired. Sessions are bursting with actionable advice from how to stop your business burning out to how to break through into the tech industry. Fierce boss ladies unite. 

Tickets start at £15 – buy them here
9.15am – 8.30pm
King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AW

An Evening with Alaska Thunderf**k 5000 | The Comedy Store, 11 July

Calling all RU Paul’s drag race superfans: Alaska, the winner of All Stars 2 is coming to Manchester for a performance like you’ve never seen before. Expect live music, hilarious comedy, Q+As's and much more with this uniqiue one woman show.

Tickets start at £22 – buy them here
7.30pm – 10.30pm
The Comedy Store, Whitworth Street West, #3 and 4, Manchester, M1 5LH

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Alaska is coming to the Comedy Store

Alternative modelling competition – Revolt Union | The Living Room, Deansgate, 15 July

Sick of seeing the same old types of models fronting campaigns? Wish there was more diversity and personality on the modelling scene? Then meet Revolt Union, the alternative modelling competition on the hunt for the wackiest, weirdest alternative models to crown king and queen of their 2018 contest. The events will be hosted by alternative model Rhiannah Rose, with the £20 entry fee covering a studio session at your audition. 

Tickets £20 + booking fee – buy them here
Noon – 4.00pm
The Living Room, 80 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2ER

Silent disco at Central Library | Central Library, 20 July

If your inner child has always wanted to scream and dance in central library, then now’s your chance. This month sees another Retro Silent Disco descend on the building for a night of classic summer hits and the best of the 70’s to 00s pop hits.

Tickets £5 – buy them here
8.00pm – 11.00pm
Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD