The Weekender's friends and supporters

Chris Horkan

The Manchester Weekender 2012 wouldn’t be possible without the support, creativity and hard work of the people and organisations listed here.

Venue partners: BBC North studios at MediaCityUK, Band on the Wall, Blankspace, The Black Lion, The Bridgewater Hall, Castlefield Gallery, Castle Hotel, Cornerhouse, The Egg, The Gallery of Costume, Gorilla, Holden Gallery, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Islington Mill, IWM North, John Rylands Library, The Lowry, MadLab, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Central, Manchester Craft & Design Centre, The Manchester Museum, The Mechanics Institute, MOSI, National Football Museum, People’s History Museum, A Place Called Common, The Portico Library, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Thomas Restaurant & Bar, The Whitworth, Z-arts – and, of course, all of the volunteers who have given their time to staff the venues over the weekend.

Festival partners: In on the Act, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Science Festival.

Creative partners: All About Audiences, Emma Anderson, Family Friendly Film Club, Bad Language, BBC Philharmonic, BBC North, Cathy Bolton, Chris Horkan, The Complete History of Drinking in the Northern Quarter, Dave Haslam, Debt Record Collective, Emergency, Film Night by Carole Keating, Hab, Hemisphere DMC, Hey Manchester, Hotbed Press, Islington Mill and its tenants, Julie Earith, Kathy McArdle, Kirsty Almeida, Len Grant, Lesa Dryburgh, LipService Theatre, Manchester Guided Tours, Margaret Burgin, Mercy, Michael Herbert, Naomi Kashiwagi, New Walks Manchester, Rachel Fitzgerald, Red Deer Club, RIBA, RNCM, Sam Avery, Sarah Marsh, Steve Mead, The Quays Cultural Programme, University of Salford, Salford City Council, Connie Witham, Word of Warning.

Funding Partners: Arts Council England, The Manchester Partnership, Visit England, Visit Manchester.

Concept, co-ordination and marketing by Creative Tourist for the Manchester Partnership with Modern Designers, Needle Associates, Oh Digital, Lethal Communications and PR&Social.

All of these people and organisations believe in the value of art and culture. So do we. Now find out more: head back to the main Weekender page and start reading about what we (and they) have got lined up for you during the Manchester Weekender 2012.

Kirsty Almeida, part of the Manchester Weekender 2012

Image: Kirsty Almeida, who opens the Weekender at Manchester Art Gallery on Thursday 11 October 2012 (6pm-9pm, free).



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