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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.

Three to see this weekend: something for your mind, Transylvania time...

Whether you want to cool down from World Cup Fever or just want to escape it altogether, there are plenty of unique events this...

From the city of Pankhurst with love: the heartfelt handwritten message...

When Donald Trump was inaugurated in January 2017, many took to the streets in protest. Hundreds of thousands of women marched in 161 cities...

SPEAK: Manchester’s spoken word night that says it like it is

Imagine a neon-lit Manchester basement bar where a panda reads poetry from a stage. You don't need to imagine – it actually happened. That’s...

Celebrity Come Dine With Me: the TV show I’d rather forget

This week I was haunted again by a television moment from seven years ago that I'd rather forget. How often do these things get repeated...

Backstage at Parklife 2018: the bits you didn’t see from the...

Parklife is over for another year. Headliners The XX, N*E*R*D, Liam Gallagher and Skepta absolutely smashed it. There was even some sunshine too, with...

Review: War Horse at The Lowry

The term 'war horse' is sometimes to applied to old theatrical productions still doing the rounds, surviving precisely because they are old fashioned and...

Manchester’s the star in new theatre double bill

A double bill of plays starring our wonderful city is showing at HOME later this month. Take Back Theatre’s This Is Where We Are and Monkeywood...

Three to see this weekend: revelations, celebrations and migrations

Diaries at the ready - this is a big weekend in the Manchester calendar. Not only is it Father’s Day on Sunday (forget it...

Early Smiths photos on display at Central Library

An exhibition of early photographs of Manchester music icons The Smiths – including the world-famous shot of the group posing outside the Salford Lads...

From Manchester to Ackley Bridge: meet the actor people mistake for...

Series Two of Grange Hill meets Shameless-style Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge started last week. Manchester-born Lorraine Cheshire plays Lorraine Bird, Mandy's PA - good at her...

‘I’m just a lad from Ancoats blagging it’, says John Henshaw

John Henshaw has worked with Ken Loach, starred in the TV mini-series Cilla alongside Sheridan Smith, and been in The Cops. He is perhaps best known...

Parklife 2018: glitter, wellies and football chants galore

Parklife 2018 brought glitter, wellies and football chants galore to Heaton Park. Whilst Saturday boasted the talent of The XX, Lorde,  A$AP Rocky, it...