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Arts & Culture

Manchester has re-invented itself as a hotbed of culture. Our creative city is brimming with love for the arts. It’s bursting with enough galleries, museums, concert halls, libraries, and theatres to keep the most devout culture vulture happy and more festivals than you can shake a stick at.

Things to look forward to in Manchester this year including Piccadilly Gardens and a...

There's lots of things to look forward to in Manchester this year - but don't bet on the city getting its first Michelin-starred restaurant. The Fall...
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I Love Manchester’s most read stories of 2016

2016 was the twentieth anniversary of the IRA bomb and Sir Richard Leese's election as leader of Manchester city council. It was the year...

The making of modern Manchester – a tale of industry, science and creativity

When people talk about the making of Manchester, the word ‘factory’ often crops up – whether the one associated with the Industrial Revolution or...

Heart for Art: not your ordinary tattoo parlour

By all accounts, Danny Birch is something of a visionary. “The trick is to use hazelnut milk if you want to get the flavour...

Mancsy designs special Manchester Christmas jumper for charity

Popular urban artist Mancsy has teamed up with local PR agency Manc Frank to create a special Manchester jumper for Christmas Jumper Day. Only 50...

Graphene condoms amongst new items added to Wonder Materials exhibition at MOSI

New items have been added to the Museum of Science and Industry’s Wonder Materials exhibition – including graphene-enhanced condom samples and a biosensor to...

Blackpool Illuminations comes to Salford Quays for UK’s biggest digital light festival

The UK’s biggest digital light festival, Lightwaves 2016, has launched at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK, lighting up the dark winter nights with nine free...

Pick of the plaques: five extraordinary people who made their mark in Manchester

You’ve probably noticed the blue plaques scattered round Manchester on or close to buildings where people who have shaped the rich history of the...

Manchester music student supports ex-Sex Pistol at Deaf Institute gig

The Sex Pistols’ connections with Manchester have been well documented over the years. Their legendary Lesser Free Trade Hall gig in 1976 was attended by Morrissey, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Mick...

Does Manchester need more creative, radical – not retail – space?

The other Saturday I chaired a panel discussion at Texture, a new venue in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Organised by the Partisan Collective, the event...

12 Questions for Manchester Bees: Stanley Chow, Illustrator

After studying at Swindon College of Art, Stanley Chow worked for a time as a club DJ, including for me in the early days...

New Manchester mosaics turning the Northern Quarter into an outdoor gallery 

Manchester mosaic artist Mark Kennedy has been active in the Northern Quarter recently - with a number of new murals which include four massive mosaics...
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