It was Manchester that gave rise to socialism, the British Labour Party and the Suffragettes. Wildly ambitious, Manchester was the original industrial city, once the largest centre of manufacturing in the world. This is not the kind of past that a city forgets. Go into its museums and you’ll find the evidence: their collections are among the best in Britain. But before you write this off as just history, think on.
Manchester is steadily reinventing districts that were once busy with industrial factories and warehouses; the red-bricked buildings of the Northern Quarter and Ancoats are now taken up with independent shops, bars, and restaurants. The city boasts two universities along Oxford Road, as well as the award-winning Whitworth and Manchester Museum – with cross-arts space HOME a short stroll away on Tony Wilson Place.
There’s the Royal Exchange in the centre, the UK’s biggest theatre in-the-round, housed in what was once the largest single room in the world. Not forgetting MediaCity UK, which shares The Quays with major arts organisations IWM North and The Lowry and is home to BBC North and ITV. So while this is a city with a past, Manchester has its eyes on the future. The joy of visiting today is that, without too much effort, you get to experience a slice of both.
Contact’s new season builds on its position as one of Manchester’s most innovative and experimental theatre centres.
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IWM North turns its attention to one of the most controversial figures in British art.
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Manchester’s longest running music festival returns in 2017 with live music every day at its Salon Perdu base in Albert Square, as well as concerts, talks and screenings in venues across the city centre. Highlights this year include The Breath, Riot Jazz, Joshua Redman Quartet and Phronesis and Engines Orchestra.
American jazz saxophonist and composer Joshua Redman is joined by three of the most imaginative voices in contemporary jazz to interpret music by Ornette Coleman’s band, Old and New Dreams.
Daniel Kitson returns to the Royal Exchange with more sublime thoughts and silly stories.
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