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Creative Tourist is shortlisted for three digital awards

The big news for us this summer is that we’ve been shortlisted for three prizes at the upcoming Big Chip Awards: Best Public Sector Project, Best Online Brand Development and the Tasty Website Award.

It means a great deal to us to be nominated. Why? Well, we know Creative Tourist isn’t the best-ever arts website in the world. We know there are things we should perhaps do that time, money and politics prevent us from doing. But we also know that Creative Tourist is nothing if not a labour of love. It is a blog dedicated to showcasing the culture of the city we call home, created by a talented bunch of people who quite often work in their own time (and often long into the night). It is supported by eight museums and galleries that should be applauded for their ability to ditch mainstream marketing and try something completely different. We hope it gives a much-needed platform to some of the artists, writers and creatives who make Manchester the wonderful, forward thinking and sometimes infuriating city we know and love.

Anyway, enough about us. The Tasty Website Award is won by public vote – which is where you come in. If you like our beautiful blog, please nominate us. Simply text ‘MMC’ to 80915 or click here for more details. Voting closes on Thursday 10 June. Wish us luck!

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Lemn Sissay.

Literature

There’s plenty to see and do this autumn in live literature land – not least because Manchester Literature Festival is back in town, and tickets are selling like hot cakes so you need to get in there quick-sharp!

Music

As the festival season draws to a close, live music returns to the city’s concert halls and venues. Why not check out Manchester Folk Festival – new in 2017 – plus major events like Transformer and Manchester Psych Fest.

Theatre

Gig theatre, an American classic and two people dancing like idiots – all this and more in our monthly guide.

Cinema

From big brash musicals to terrifying horror and silent movie masterpieces – there’s something for everyone in our latest Cinema Guide.

Exhibitions

This month’s top picks all share a notably political emphasis – using art to highlight the many vast divisions that have underpinned society over the last 100 years.

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Things to do right now

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Exhibitions 17 August–23 September 2017, FREE

On-Going at SLOE Gallery

Sports 20–23 September 2017, from £10:00 - 15.00

We’re Not Really Here – A Football Opera at Contact

Theatre 6–23 September 2017, from £13.00

Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Octagon Theatre

Festivals 14–24 September 2017, FREE

Arts Trail at Hidden Altrincham 2017

Exhibitions 21–24 September 2017, from £9.75

Abandon Normal Devices 2017, Castleton

Festivals 8–24 September 2017, FREE

New Mills Festival 2017

Festivals 8–24 September 2017, FREE

New Mills Festival Art Trail

Cinema 20 August–24 September 2017, from £5.00

Musical Sundays at FACT

Families 28 April–27 September 2017, from £5.00

The Sleep Walk at Little Moreton Hall