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Top UK Arts & Culture Blogs

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Welcome to the Top UK Arts & Culture Blogs.

After months of careful analysis (and not a little argument), we’ve compiled our favourite arts and culture blogs across 11 specialist categories.

We’ve compiled these lists using a combination of metrics – authority, visibility, reach and volume – with a generous dash of subjectivity from our editorial team. We hope you enjoy reading the lists as much as we’ve enjoyed putting them together.

Missed your favourite? Tell us! To be eligible, blogs must be written by a UK-based author and have been updated in the last two months.

Discover our top picks

Top UK Film Blogs

Top Cinema Blogs

We’ve compiled our very favourite Top 10 Film Blogs – the pick of the UK-based…

Book Blog Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Top Writing Blogs

We’ve compiled the pick of the top 10 writing blogs- our favourite UK-based go-tos. Do you…

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Top Art Blogs

We’ve rounded up the top 10 art blogs – the pick of the UK-based bunch….

Commonwealth Games in Dalmarnock eviction

Top Photography Blogs

We’ve compiled our very favourite UK photography blogs – and this is the Top 10, our…

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Top Food Blogs

We’ve rounded up the top 10 food blogs – our favourite go-tos for recipe tips…

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The Annual Top 25 Art & Culture Blogs

After 12 months of rounding-up our favourite UK Arts & Culture Blogs, we’ve compiled the…

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Top Travel & City Blogs

After travel inspiration? We’ve put together the Top 10 Travel & City Blogs. Spot a…

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Top Fashion Blogs

We’ve compiled the Top 10 Fashion Blogs. Spot an omission? You can submit your recommendations using…

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Top Theatre Blogs

We’ve rounded up our very favourite Top 10 Theatre Blogs in the UK into this…

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Top Music Blogs

We’ve rounded up the top 10 art blogs – the pick of the UK-based bunch….

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Top Design Blogs

We’ve compiled our very favourite UK design blogs – and this is the Top 10, our…

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Top Architecture Blogs

We’ve compiled the Top 10 Architecture Blogs – our pick of the UK-based reads where…

Culture Guides

Darling – Image courtesy of Grimmfest

Cinema

Summer might be on its last legs, but as the temperatures start to dip, the cinemas of the North are on hand to provide audiences with exciting films and a dry place to hide out.

Tim Etchells, Lets Pretend (Large) (2014), installation view, Grundy Art Gallery. Photo: Phill Heywood, courtesy Grundy Art Gallery.

Exhibitions

An overview of the current best exhibitions in Manchester and the North might be summed up in the following directive: think differently.

Image courtesy of Wild Rumpus

Families

Autumn is drawing in and half term adventures are on the horizon. Here are our top tips for outdoor and indoor hot tickets to book and do now.

Lemn Sissay at the 8th Black and Asian Writers Conference

Literature

From Rising Stars to World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. And the region is abuzz with words this month – and, in the case of the South Lakes, words and pictures.

Ramsbottom Festival - Image by Andrew Allcock

Music

As the festival season draws to a rainy close – with the odd Indian summer exception like Festival No 6 and Ramsbottom Festival – now is the time to enjoy your live music experience in more intimate surroundings.

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Theatre

I don’t think there’s a more enticing time of year to visit the theatre than autumn – when the nights draw in it just feels more exciting to be sat in a theatre seat.

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Music 30 September 2016–2 October 2016, from £5.00

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Psappha: Ropes
Music 12 October 2016–12 September 2016, from £15.00

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Cinema 6 October 2016–9 October 2016, from £20.00

Grimmfest 2016

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Literature 8 October 2016, from £7.00

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