Festival Of Libraries in various venues

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Festival of Libraries at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 9–13 June 2021, free entry - Find Out More

The new Festival Of Libraries is a five-day multi-venue celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries happening 9 to 13 June. Taking place in and organised by the UNESCO Manchester City Of Literature, and supported by Arts Council England, the first-ever Festival Of Libraries will feature a vibrant programme of digital art commissions, artist residencies, dance, performance, panel talks and walking tours – and details of the full programme will be announced in May, when you can book your place for all the events as part of the festival, so get it in the calendar and save the date!

The first-ever Festival Of Libraries will feature a vibrant programme of digital art commissions, artist residencies, dance, performance, panel talks and walking tours – and details of the full programme will be announced in May.

The inaugural county-wide celebration of libraries has a few main aims, including to highlight the library network’s full offer across wellbeing, culture and creativity, digital and information, and, of course, reading, and also to celebrate people: the librarians who run the spaces, the users who make use of the services and the extraordinary stories that emerge from the everyday use of libraries. It is hoped the festival will grow into an annual celebration and become a major event of local engagement and international profile.

The Festival Of Libraries programme will take place in internationally renowned institutions from Manchester’s rich tapestry of heritage libraries, including Central Library, with its impressive status as the busiest public library in the country, in addition to Chetham’s Library, The Portico Library, and the John Rylands Research Institute and Library. Also featured will be Greater Manchester’s equally important and vital local libraries that deliver much needed support and services to their communities, in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Other Festival Of Libraries partners include: Archives+, Manchester Poetry Library, NHS Libraries, Working Class Movement Library, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Festival of Libraries at Manchester Central Library, Manchester

9–13 June 2021
Free entry

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