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MCR Manchester City Region Magazine


Summer 2014

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FIRST WORDS ‘13 is unlucky for some’. This old adage couldn’t be further from the truth in the case of MCR magazine. We’ve taken our thirteenth issue as an opportunity to do things differently. Regular readers of the physical edition will notice the new compact size. This is intended to enhance our options for distribution and we hope you’ll agree that it maintains the great quality of our previous editions. The change in size had us thinking about the magazine – and Manchester – from a renewed perspective. Indeed a theme of ‘renewal’ is underlying throughout this edition and is exemplified by the beautiful artwork that adorns our front cover. Our cover art is one of five specially commissioned works created for MCR by Manchester-based artists. We asked them simply, to interpret the city from their own perspective. I think the results are wonderfully eccentric – you’re invited to make your own mind up; they can be seen throughout this publication.

Marketing Manchester Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale St, Manchester, M1 2HG T. +44 (0)161 237 1010 Designed & Published: Marketing Manchester, April 2014 Photography: David Lake, Ben Page, Craig Easton, Joby Catto & VisitEngland Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy in this publication, Marketing Manchester cannot accept liability for any loss or damage arising from its use. As changes often occur after publication date, it is advisable to confirm the information given. The information contained within this guide is copyright and no part of the guide may be reproduced in part or wholly by any means, be it electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the publishers. Marketing Manchester is the agency charged with promoting the city-region on a national and international stage, and is part of the Manchester Growth Company. Visit Manchester is the Tourist Board for Greater Manchester and is a division of Marketing Manchester. They are funded by 360 commercial members and the organisations below.

Back to the city itself and there is plenty of renewal in progress throughout 2014. This is perhaps best exemplified by the stunning refurbishment of Central Library which has just reached its completion. The neoclassical 1934 building is situated in the very heart of Manchester, adjacent to the Town Hall. Believe me, its new lease of life is reason alone to make a visit to the city this year. It reopened to the public on Saturday 22 March 2014. Change is also taking shape elsewhere in Manchester. The Albert Hall on Peter Street, which stood empty for nearly three decades, has been regenerated and reopened to the public as an iconic new music and performance space. To the south of the city, Whitworth Art Gallery is set to be reincarnated as a 21st Century gallery in the park in autumn. Meanwhile, just around the corner from the Albert Hall, visitors to Manchester can gain a completely different experience this summer, as they have an opportunity to once again walk the famous hallowed cobbles of Coronation Street. This attraction is only temporary mind you, and in this sense, it perfectly represents the fast pace of renewal that is underway in Manchester. Enjoy the read! Andrew Stokes Chief Executive, Marketing Manchester April 2014 @marketing_mcr

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Contents Features 04-07 What’s new? Newsandupdates.

98-102 Pedal power in the Peak District Stunningsceneryandcyclingroutesaplenty,it’sno wondertheTourdeFranceispassingthroughthis summer.

17-21 Manchester’s hidden galleries AguidedtourofManchester’ssmallermuseums.

108 The last word TomCheesewrightontheevolutionofManchester anditsdigitalfuture.

24-27 Saved for the City: Albert Hall TheunsungstarofManchester’sbuiltenvironment returnswithanewleaseoflife.

What’s on

35-39 Symphonic City Anoverviewofthecity’sflourishingclassicalmusic scene,upheldbythreemajorprofessionalorchestras.

12-14 Exhibitions Thewarofnature,timemachines,OssieClarkand theAsiaTriennial.

42-45 Manchester Craft and Design Centre AjewelinManchester’sNorthernQuarter.

32-34 Music and theatre ShrektheMusical,BillyLiar,CirqueduSoleiland George’sMarvellousMedicine.

47-51 Treats on the street Lookingintothewonderfulfoodmarketsthat decorateourregion. 59–61 Pampering Power CheckoutsomeofthebestspasthatGreater Manchesterhastooffer.

54-55 LGBT GreatBritishBearBash,SplitBritches,Manchester PrideandSparkle. 70-71 Festivals SoundsfromtheOtherCity,Parklife,24:7Theatre FestivalandManchesterLiteratureFestival.

62-66 Literate legacy Joiningthedotsbetweenourcity’soutstanding librariesandthewayinwhich‘Cottonopolis’has inspiredsomeofliteraturesgreats.

82-83 Sport Gumball3000,TourdeFrance,IronmanUK,and SuperLeagueGrandFinal

77-81 Wheels in motion Getyourselfinaspinwithaguidetooursuperb cyclingoffer.

86-87 Expos and fairs MCMManchesterComicCon,Soccerex,BuyArt Fair,andTheNationalWeddingShow.

88-92 A tour of Tameside Quaintvillages,brassbands,ruggedcountryside, canalboats,innsandtaverns.

93-95 Greater Manchester FestivalOldham2014,Walks&water,Rochdale Feelgood,&WiganInternationalJazzFestival.





David Atkinson Davidisafreelancetravelwriterand travelbloggerbasedinChester.He writeswidelyfornewspapers, magazinesandonlineaboutall aspectsoftravelfromfamilytogreen viaculturaltourism,oftentakinghis twoyoungdaughterswithhim. | @atkinsondavid.

Lizzie Carter

Snapshots 08-09 10-11 30-31 52-53 74-75 96-97

MCR13 Snapshots explained RebeccaKevill ChrisRidler WesDooley WillBerry LaylaSailor

MCR Voices 22-23 John Constadine Arolemodelfortaxidriversaroundtheworld. 40-41 Mary Anne Hobbs Thechampionofnewmusicexplainswhyshehas suchanincredibleadmirationforManchester. 56-57 Divine David Howthecityhelpedtosparkhiscreativetalents. 68-69 Brian Cox TheEmmyaward-winningactoronhisnewroleas thegreatfootballlegend,SirMattBusby. 84-85 Andy McGarry SettingthescenefortheupcomingTransplant GamesinBoltonthissummer.

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Transport information AguidetoGreaterManchester’stransportnetwork.


Airport information Directflightsfromover200destinationsaroundthe world.Savetime,flydirect!

Lizziehasworkedforavarietyof artsorganisationsacrossGreater ManchesterincludingOldham ColiseumTheatre,theHallé, ManchesterMuseumandWhitworth ArtGallery.Sheisaculturalmarketer andPRprofessionalandhaswritten forvariouspublications.Manchester hasstolenLizziefromherhometown ofOxfordandwhileshemaydream ofspires,Cottonopolisiswhereshe trulylaysherhat.

Hayley Flynn HayleyFlynnisaresearcher,tour guideandauthor.Sheisthecreator ofSkyliner;anaward-winningblog aboutunusualart,architectureand histories.Aloveroflookingupand openingcloseddoors,Hayleyplans toextensivelyexploreanddocument thebuiltenvironmenttocreatean intricatearchiveofthecity. |@theskyliner

James Walker BorninManchesterandnowbased inAmsterdam,Jamesisafreelance journalistwhowritesforavarietyof businesspublicationsandwebsites. Akeentravellerandcyclist,James takesacloserlookatwhatthenorth hasinstoreforBMX,roadand mountainbikeenthusiasts.He’seven completedManchester’sannual 100-milebikerideonacoupleof occasions–justdon’taskhimhow longittooktoreachthefinishline. @WalkManchester



WHAT’S NEW? Manchester Central Library ThemuchlovedManchesterCentralLibraryhasreopenedfollowinganextensiverefurbishmentandextensionto bringituptodate.Visitorsareinvitedtopopintorelaxandunwindinthecity’s‘livingroom’orbeinspiredinnew spacessuchtheHenryWatsonMusicLibraryandtheBFIMediatheque.Thoselookingtotracetheirfamilyrootsback toManchestershouldvisitArchives+whichbringsthousandsofthecity’srecordstogetherunderoneroof. |@MancLibraries |@mcrarchives


Dunham Massey: Sanctuary from the Trenches Visitorstotheever-popularDunhamMasseyHallwillbe partofauniqueexperiencetakingplacetherebetween nowand11November2014.Markingthecentenaryof theFirstWorldWar,DunhamMasseyhasbeen transformedbackintoStamfordMilitaryHospital-the convalescenthospitalinwhich282soldiersweretreated betweenApril1917andJanuary1919–revealingthe personalandhighlyemotivestoriesofsomepatients, theirinjuriesandhowtheirconditionsweretreated100 yearago.‘SanctuaryfromtheTrenches’willreturnto DunhamMasseyin2015. | @DunhamMasseyNT ©RobertThrift/NationalTrust



Whitworth Art Gallery Closingwiththehighprofile‘WhitworthWeekending’eventinAugust2013andonahighafterhostingNikhil Chopra’shighlyacclaimed‘CoalonCotton’performanceforManchesterInternationalFestival,WhitworthArtGallery iscurrentlyundergoingmajorworktoextendanddoublethepublicspaceofthegalleryintoleafyWhitworthPark. Thegallerywillre-openon25October2014withamajorexhibitionfromacclaimedBritishsculptorandinstallation artist,CorneliaParker(seepage14),aswellastheverybestoftheWhitworth’soutstandingcollection. |@whitworthart

Coronation Street ThecobblesofCoronationStreetareonceagainopen tothepublicforalimitedtimeonly,untilautumn2014. WiththemainsetrecentlyrelocatedtoMediaCityUK atSalfordQuays,fanscannowtakeaguidedtour behindthescenesoftheformersite,haveapicture takenatthebaroftheRoversReturn,hearstories aboutsomeoftheStreet’sbestlovedcharactersand learnfascinatingfactsbehindthemakingoftheworld’s longestrunningsoap.TheGranadasitewillsoonbe developedintoanewcitycentreneighbourhoodby theteambehindSpinningfields.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House ElizabethGaskell’sHouseinManchesterwasthehome ofElizabethGaskell,oneofthe19thcentury’smost importantwomenwriters.Anexciting£2.5million renovationprojectisnowwellunderwaytoconvertthe houseintoamajorvisitorattractionandacentreforthe communityonitsdoorstep.Focussingonthecultural andliteraryheritageofElizabethGaskellandherfamily andcomplementingManchester'ssocialandpolitical historyalreadyrichlydocumentedinthecity,Elizabeth Gaskell’sHousewillofferplentyforbothliteraryand historyfansalike.ThehousewillreopeninOctober2014. |@EGaskell



HOME Inspring2015,anewpurpose-builtcentrefor internationalcontemporaryart,theatre,filmandbooks willopenitsdoorsforthefirsttimeinManchester,as partoftheFirstStreetNorthdevelopment.Itwillbe calledHOME.Fromgallerytoscreenviacafébarand bookshop,HOMEissettoredefinethecontemporary artscentre,creatingaspacewhereideas,hopesand momentsofwonderricochetoffwallsandlodge themselvesintheheadspaceofaudiencesoldandnew. PlansaregatheringpaceforHOME’sfirstseasonof productions,includinganintriguingselectionofsite specificwork,tobeannouncedinspring2014.The programmewillbethefirstfromWalterMeierjohann, HOMEArtisticDirector:Theatre. |@HOMEmcr

New summer walking tours Arguablythebestwaytogetundertheskinofthecity, Manchesterhasahugerangeofthemedwalkingtours departingdailyfromvariouslocations.Newwalksfor thesummerinclude:NewManchesterWalks’ ‘TenManchesterinventionsthatshooktheworld’ whichbringstogethersomeofManchester’sremarkable discoveriesonaneasywalkaroundthecity;Jonathan Schofield’s‘ImpossibleBridgeandtheImprobableHill’ tourwhichfeaturescemeteries,strangesculptures, greatviewsandascrambleupthestonesthatbuilt thecity;andManchesterGuidedTours’variouswalks lookingatManchester’sroleinWWI.Popintothe VisitorInformationCentreatPiccadillyGardenstofind outmoreaboutallavailabletours. @NewMCRwalks |@JonathSchofield @MCRguidedtours

Hotel Football HotelFootballisoneofthemostanticipatedhotelopeningsof2014.LocatedonthedoorstepofOldTrafford,the hotelanditsconferenceandeventfacilitieswillboastanumberofuniquefeatures,makingitthego-todestination, withafootballtwist,forbusinessusers,fans,familiesandtouristsalike.Withitsownfive-a-siderooftopfootballpitch andeventspaceandfurthersixmeetingandeventroomscateringforupto400people,the139bedroomhotelwill providearelaxed,friendlyyetprofessionalenvironment–perfectforbusinessmeetings,conferencesandspecial events.ThehotelwillalsobecomehometoCaféFootballManchester–anexcitingnewrestaurantventurewhich firstlaunchedinStratfordCity,WestfieldinDecember2013. |café |@hotelfootballUK





Whetheryou’restayinginManchesterfortwonightsor twohours,lookoutfortheMiGuidekioskslocated acrossseveralsitesinthecitycentre.Thetenkiosksare freetouseandsupplyawealthoftouristinformationto helpyounavigatethearea.TheMiGuideinteractive touchscreensupplieslocation-specificupdatesabout everythingfromevents,attractionsandnightlifeto shopping,foodanddrink,accommodationandtransport. YoucanfindMiGuideat: WithyGroveatcornerwithExchangeSquare NewCathedralStreetatcornerwithExchangeSquare NewCathedralStreetatcornerwithStMary’sGate MarketStreetWestnearCrossStreet StAnn’sSquare StAnn’sStreetnearDeansgate PiccadillyGardensWestnearLeverStreet PiccadillyGardensEastnearMarketStreet MarketStreetEastnearHighStreet MarketStreetatjunctionwithBrownStreet

English Tourism Week 2014 VisitManchesterrecentlycelebratedEnglishTourism Week2014(ETW2014)byparticipatinginanumberof initiativesinpartnershipwithnationaltourismboard VisitEngland.RunningfromSaturday,29Marchthrough toSunday,6April2014,EnglishTourismWeekisa celebrationofourcountry’sthrivingtourismindustry andkick-startsEngland’straditionaltourismseason. ActivitiesincludedVisitManchesterbackingtaxitour guideJohnConsterdineinhisbidtowinanational tourismsuperstaraward(seepages22-23);asearch tofindoutwhatGreaterManchester’sbestclaimsto fameareforVisitEngland’s‘HallofFame’campaign; andapartnershipwithpopularbarhotspot, TheAlchemist,whichcreatedabespokeManchester cocktailtomarkETW2014. @VisitEngland |#ETW14

Share your experience MCRisinvitingreaderstosharetheirexperiencesofGreaterManchesterforanupcomingfeatureinthe magazine.Whetheryou’reavisitororresident,shareyourphotographs,memoriesandideaswithus usingthehashtag#mcrmagazineandwe’llcompilethebestsubmissions. @visit_mcr |#mcrmagazine



MCR13 snapshots For this issue of MCR we have commissioned a number of young and upcoming artists to create works based on their own interpretation of what Manchester means to them.



Rebecca Kevill

Chris Ridler

Rebecca Kevill is an artist, digital painter and Creative Director of Leftfield LTD.

Chris Ridler is a painter who works principally in acrylics and draws inspiration from his physical surroundings.

“Myartworkinfusestheinnovationsthathavehappened withinthecitysincetheRomanssettledherein79AD. Itismindblowingtothinkwhathasbeenachieved withinthiscity;theindustrialrevolutionbegan,thefirst computerwascreatedandtheatomwassplit.Imagine thehugecargoshipscominginlandtoexchangegoods manymilesfromthesea;womenfightingfortheir rights;philosopherswritingnewideas;andmusicians comingupwithexperimentalsoundsallshapingthe futureforgenerationstocome.”

“Ihavecometoknowthisviewintothecitywellover thelastfewyears,walkingpastitonmycommutefrom SalfordtoManchester.Thenotoriousweatherpatterns wehavehereleadtobeautifulskies,andthisopenview ofthecityisinspirationalforme.Thelightand atmosphereofManchesteristhemainfocalpointin mostofmywork,anditiskeyinthispainting.Ilovethis view;BeethamTowerdominatingtheskylinewithnature onthecityedge,seeminglytakingover.”



Wes Dooley Wes Dooley works with mixed media and illustration and loves to meld the two to create windows into other worlds. “MyrelationshipwithManchesterhasalwaysbeen oneofcontrast,whichiswhatmypiecesignifies. Manchester’sharshindustryiscomplementedbythe mostwonderfulcountrysidethatsurroundsit.Evenin Manchester’sperceivedbleakness,thereisasense ofcolourthatoftenexplodesunexpectedly.Ifind myselfconstantlylookingupatthetopsofthe buildingssetagainstthesky,wherethereisa constantofamazingarchitecturesetagainstagrim sky;ordarkbuildingssetagainstthebrightbluesky. Colourismybiggestinspiration,andthismakes beinganartistveryeasyindeed.”




Will Berry

Layla Sailor

Will is an illustrator and designer working within the field of hand drawn digital imagery.

Layla is a photographer, filmmaker and art director, who creates hyperrealistic, surreal photographs.

“Myillustrationsetsouttoshowaperspectiveof Manchesterthathasnotbeenviewedbefore.Thework isofManchester'sSackvilleStreetfromarooftop perspective.Theoriginalimagewasphotographedonan urbanexplorationexpeditionbycollaboratorAlex Macdougall.Theillustrationshowsthenewandtheold ofManchester'sregenerationgivingtheviewerafresh perspectiveoftheinnercityarea.Thisimagewas createdusingacombinationofhanddrawnanddigital illustrationtechniquesincludingacollectionofhand mademonoprinttexturesbringingthescenetolife.”

“MyworkisaphysicalcollageoftracesofManchester thatinterestme,takinginspirationfrommulticulturalism withinthecity.Thepieceusesreligiousiconography inspiredbyStMichaelsChurchinLittleItaly,Ancoatsand theProcessionoftheMadonnadellaRosario.Ihave createdaheaddressandclothingusingnewandvintage fabricsfromABCWaxinHyde,whohavebeen designingandproducingprintedfabricsfortheAfrican andWorldwidemarketsince1908.Thehalo,framingthe model,isformedfroman1870ordnancesurveymap ofalltheplacesthatIhavelivedinManchester.”



What’son: exhibitions Matt Pyke: Museums at Night National Football Museum 15 May 2014 FollowingapublicvoteinJanuary,TheNationalFootball MuseumwillhostdigitalartistMattPykeforanexciting one-offeveningeventfeaturinghisinnovativevoice sculpture.Attimeofwritingplansaresettoinvolve footballfansshoutingandsingingtheirownchants,from thedisparagingtotheunifying,thewhisperingof football-relatedrumours.Theemergingsculpturalform willbeprojectedwithintheHallofFamespaceandonto theexterioroftheiconicglassbuildinginthecitycentre. | @footballmuseum

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machines Manchester Art Gallery Until 1 June 2014 Thismajornewshowfeaturesovertwentyofthe Portugueseartist’smostsignificantsculptures,whichfill thegallery’smajorexhibitionspaces,adorntheexterior ofthegalleryandactasinterventionswiththegallery’s permanentcollectioninspacesacrossthewholegallery building.Theexhibitionincludesnewandrecentworks, themajorityofwhicharepreviouslyunseenintheUK. | @mcrartgallery


Jonathan Yeo: Portraits The Lowry Until 29 June 2014




JonathanYeoisoneofBritain’sbestportraitpainters, especiallywellknownforhispaintingsofperformers, artistsandpoliticians.Manyofhismostfamoussubjects havebeenbroughttogetherinthisnewexhibitionfrom theNationalPortraitGallery.FromKevinSpacey,acting asRichardIII;DamienHirst,dressedincongruouslyin chemicalprotectionsuit;toHelenaBonhamCarter, MichaelParkinson,GraysonPerryandIdrisElba. | @The_Lowry

The Space Between The John Rylands Library Until 3 August 2014 Theconceptforthisexhibitionbeganasartist,Anthony McCarthy,walkedalongChapelStreetinSalfordheading towardsManchesterandTheJohnRylandsLibrary. Armedwithpencil,paperandadisposablecamera, AnthonyrecordedthechangingaspectsofChapel Street,thetransitionandthere-development ofanareainSalfordthathassignificanthistory. Thedrawingsondisplayintheexhibitionare observationsofachanginglandscape. | @TheJohnRylands

From the War of Nature Manchester Museum Until 31 August 2014 Boxinghares,burrowingparasites,babybirdsand prowlingwolvesarejustsomeofthecharacters appearinginthisstoryofpredation,competition, co-operationandcollaboration.Theexhibitionrevealsthat livingthingsresolveconflictinmany,oftenunexpected, waysandaimstochallengetheperceptionthatwaris aninevitableoutcomeofconflict.FromtheWarof Naturecoincideswiththenationwidecommemoration ofthestartofWorldWarI.ThetitlecomesfromCharles Darwin’sOntheOriginofSpecies,publishedin1859. | @mcrMuseum


From Street to Trench: A War that Shaped a Region IWM North Until 2015 Thisisthelargestexhibitionevercreatedexploringthe NorthWestofEnglandduringtheFirstWorldWar, unveilingextraordinaryandsurprisingpersonalstories withobjectsneverbeforeseenonpublicdisplay.The exhibitionillustrateshowtheregionwasshapedbythe conflictandhowlocalpeopleplayedasignificantrolein globalevents.ThiswillbeIWM’sfirstmajorexhibition markingthecentenaryin2014. | @I_W_M

Clifford Owens: Better the Rebel You Know Cornerhouse 10 May until 17 August 2014 ThiswillbethefirstmajorEuropeanshowbyAmerican performanceartistCliffordOwens,whoseworkexplores theintersectionofphotography,video,textand performanceandthepossibilitiesofinteractionbetween artistandaudience.Theexhibitionwillincludeexclusive UKeditionsofOwens’Anthology,originatingfroma seriesofperformanceinstructionsbyBritishartists,and PhotographswithanAudience,forwhichaudience membershelpedcreatephotographbyrespondingto Owens’prompts. | @CornerhouseMcr




Cornelia Parker Whitworth Art Gallery September 2014 until 8 March 2015 TheWhitworthopensitsdoorsagainafteritsmajor developmentwithanexhibitionbyoneofBritain'smost acclaimedartists,CorneliaParker.Theexhibitionwillbe CorneliaParker’smostextensivetodateshowinga rangeofworkmadeduringhercareer.Itwillinclude ColdDarkMatter(AnExplodedView)(1991),agarden shedandcontentsblownupfortheartistbytheBritish Army,thefragmentssuspendedaroundalightbulb.A newworkspeciallycommissionedforthisexhibitionwill employdebrisfrommanyrealexplosionsfromtheatres ofwarfillingaroom,asthoughpartofonedetonation, standingforallconflicts. | @whitworthart

Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM) 2014 Various venues 26 September until 23 November 2014


Collider Museum of Science and Industry 23 May until 28 October 2014 Stepintotheheartofoneofthegreatestscientific experimentsofourtimes:theLargeHadronCollider (LHC).Colliderpresentsanimmersiveblendoftheatre, videoandsoundarttocreateabehind-the-sceneslook attheCERNparticlephysicslaboratoryinthefirst exhibitionofitskind,offeringtheclosestexperience possibletovisitingthefamoussiteitself.Pleasenotethat thisexhibitionisonlysuitableforthoseaged16andover. | @voiceofmosi

AsiaTriennialManchesterissettostagethelargest exhibitionofChinesecontemporaryartintheUKtodate, featuringupto30majorartists,fromChina,HongKong andTaiwan,exhibitingacrosskeyspacesinManchester, includingCentreforChineseContemporaryArt,UHC, JohnRylandsLibrary,theMuseumofScienceandIndustry, ImperialWarMuseumNorthandtheNationalFootball Museum.TheonlyAsiaTriennialoutsideAsia,ATMwill workwithpartnerstocommissionworld-classvisualarts andstagemajorexhibitionsacrossGreaterManchester. | @TriennialMCR

A Land Fit For Heroes People’s History Museum 24 May 2014 until 1 February 2015 ThePeople’sHistoryMuseum’snextchangingexhibition ‘ALandFitForHeroes’willexaminehowthefirstworld warchanged society,radicallyalteringthesocial, economic,culturalandpoliticaloutlookoftheBritish people.Itwilllookatwhypeoplesupportedthewar(and thosethatdidn’t),therolethatwomenplayedinthewar effort,howhomelifewasradicallychanged,the influencethewarhadonpoliticsandthelabour movementandlifeafterthewar. | @PHMMcr








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Manchester’s hidden galleries By Hayley Flynn

Theadvantageoflivinginaregionofsuchhistoricalimportanceisthelegacythatleavesus;the vastarrayofgalleriesandmuseumsthroughoutthecountythatcovereveryaspectofcultureand heritageyoucouldimagine-fromhatsatStockportHatMuseumtothelivingarchivesscattered throughoutthecityintheformofbusinesseslonggone. Castlefield Gallery dates back to the mid 80s but has recently re-emerged in the spotlight since re-launching in 2012 with the same entrepreneurial spirit upon which it was founded. Tucked away behind Deansgate station this is more than just a gallery, it’s an artist development agency, and as well as hosting regular exhibitions the team curate the exciting pop-up gallery New Art Spaces. NAS is currently at Federation House - a former CoOperative building, and provides a temporary and dynamic art space for emerging artists in vacant units

across the region. Castlefield Gallery are investing in the art scene at a time when few others have the courage to. The project focuses on local communities as well as new artists and runs across the North West. The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is hidden behind Oxford Road and is best approached from Whitworth Street West; a short yet colourful walk, taking in the purple and blue bricks of Hotspur Press, and the red and white hues of the bridge overhead. The foundation is a museum of literature



and paraphernalia belonging to the author - but it’s also host to all manner of cultural activities including past events from Jonathan Meades and Chuck Palahniuk. Even if you’re ambivalent towards Burgess and his works it’s a wonderful spot for lunch away from the bustle of Oxford Road. After an extensive renovation in 2010 The Gallery of Costume is back and plays a crucial part in the cultural line up of the city. The gallery is of huge significance with over 20,000 items from the last 400 years. A changing exhibitions gallery can be found in the newly revamped space along with a lecture room; all beautifully packaged within a textile merchant’s cottage at Platt Hall, in the lush surrounds of Platt Fields Park. The gallery boasts a specialist library of fashion journals and catalogues. To truly appreciate the collection at Platt Fields one must be prepared to revisit as it’s simply too vast a collection to display at any one time - the exhibitions here are as seasonal as the latest catwalk fashions. Greater Manchester Police Museum is the silent star of central Manchester. The former police station on the Northern Quarter’s Newton Street is suspended in time. Victorian cells show the underworld of Manchester some 120 years ago and galleries of police equipment, vehicles and uniforms make for a truly tangible experience. The police archives are vast and carefully selected for display so as to be relatable and interesting to all visitors - you can discover the intricacies of forensic science through to the identity of the author who inspired the names of every police horse Manchester has ever owned. Staying in the Northern Quarter area of the city, the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art on Thomas Street is a gallery on the cutting edge of culture. The centre was established in 1986 and is the UK’s leading organisation for contemporary Chinese Art. An overwhelming number of solo exhibitions at the centre have launched the burgeoning careers of many an artist and the residencies and exhibitions are always ambitious and unique. The centre is located opposite the gates to the former fish market and the intricate carvings at the peak of each gate are worth a visit alone. Cheetham Hill Road – a short walk north of Manchester Victoria Station – is the home of Manchester Jewish Museum and a newly opened exhibition centre. The museum can be found in an ornate Moorish building dating back to 1874 and is in







fact the oldest synagogue in Manchester. Manchester’s Jewish community is the second largest in the UK and the archives at the museum tell of a compelling and often emotional history that has played a vital part in making Manchester the city it is today. Salford Museum and Art Gallery is often overshadowed by the cultural offerings of central Manchester less than a mile away, but is well worth crossing the invisible boundary of the Irwell for. Lark Hill Place is a main feature of the gallery – this indoor Victorian street is largely made up from the preserved shop facades of the much-regenerated thoroughfare Chapel Street which were salvaged in 1957. The centre is housed in what was the UK’s first free public library and hosts regular learning programmes making for an enjoyably interactive experience. Rumours are that LS Lowry had a set of keys to the art gallery and that’s endorsement enough for me. CentreforChineseContemporaryArt.©ConstantinBrosteanu



as a whole. Whilst in Stockport do remember to seek out the former air raid shelters built into the sandstone caves upon which the town is built. A hands on, unique experience and winner of best small visitor attraction at 2010 Manchester Tourism Awards. If you’re looking for something a little more unusual then look out for the enormous chimney emblazoned with Hat Works, there you’ll find the UK’s only museum of millinery housed within a Grade II listed former hat factory and cotton spinning mill. Visitors to Bury should take the time to explore Bury Art Museum. The museum is home to the Wrigley Collection - over two hundred paintings and prints once belonging to Thomas Wrigley, a paper manufacturer during the Industrial Revolution. Notable pieces in the collection include works by Constable and Turner. Bury Art Museum prides itself on its warm and friendly approach to the arts, and has been extensively refurbished to deliver a radically modern take on museum life.


With the extension of the tram route out towards Rochdale, there’s no excuse not to visit Touchstones. This integrated arts and heritage centre is run by an inspiring team driven to deliver an eclectic range of exhibitions. Touchstones champions local art and in Gallery One welcomes exhibitions from residents of the region. The building itself, like much of Rochdale, is steeped in history and is only a stone’s throw from Toad Lane - home of Rochdale Pioneer’s Museum; a living relic of the co-operative movement. Stockport Art Gallery and War Memorial is run by volunteers and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. The volunteer team was formed in 2013 to sustain the life of the gallery at a time when it was threatened with restricted opening times. The voluntary project now curates exhibitions with the help of a specially recruited arts panel and the high energy group focus on a mix of high quality artists and community groups. As a result of this crowdsourced dynamic the gallery is diverse and culturally valuable to the town of Stockport, and to the region

Central Art Gallery in Ashton is found above the library on Old Street. The site is a collection of small gallery spaces and temporary exhibitions. It’s a convivial space with a range of sculpture, textile and paintings and whilst in the neighbourhood it’s more than worth the short trip out to Fairfield to see the Moravian Settlement - a still active religious settlement and museum surrounded by original housing all of which is listed; a real step back in time. Manchester is a myriad of hidden museums and galleries which lie in wait of discovery - if only you know where to look...





John Consterdine Johnisafulltimetaxidriverandaward-winning citytourguidewhorunsManchesterTaxiTours. A good taxi driver does more than take you from A to B.Exceedingcustomerexpectationswithgreat service,taxidriversshouldbeambassadorsforthecity. Ipridemyselfonafriendlyandprofessionalservice, helpingvisitorstogetthemostoutoftheirvisit.Myaim istomakeeverybody'striptoManchestermemorable.

Thentherearetheplacesofhistoricalimportance, broughtuptodateandreused,likeMediaCityUKat SalfordQuays.I’maregularguestonBBCRadio ManchesterwhichisrecordedatMediaCityUKandI’ve watcheditgrowfrombothsidestobecomethisamazing mediahub,whereasyearsagoitwasadockyard.

Driving round the city you see 2,000 years of history. FromRomanCastlefieldtoNo.1AngelSquareandall agesinbetween-themedievalCathedral,Georgian houses,themills,canalsandwarehouseswhichmade Manchesterthefirstindustrialcityintheworld,the stunningVictorianTownHallandneo-gothicJohn RylandsLibrary.Notforgettingthegrandeurofthe MidlandHotel,60'schicinPiccadillyPlazaandlandmark modernbuildingsliketheBeethamTowerandCivil Justicecentre.

Salford Lads Club is the highlight of my tour for many people.Theclubhasaspecialatmospherewith itssocialandculturalhistoryandtheimportantworkit doestodaywiththelocalcommunity.Ofcourseit’s massiveformusicfans,especiallyfansoftheSmiths andnotalotofpeopleknowthatitsonthecornerofthe realCoronationStreet.

The question I'm most often asked on my tours is whether I’m a Red or Blue.I'vegottobeimpartial andIgetarounditbysaying'oneofthebigManchester teams'.FootballiswiredintoourDNAherein Manchesterandwe’rereallyluckytohavetwoteams withhugeglobalfollowingsthatattractthousandsof visitors,allwantingtoexperiencethepassionofthe beautifulgame. People come up with some really unusual requests on my tours.I'vebeenaskedtofindfarmsinGlossop, gravesinchurchyardsandhousesallovertheregion. OneofthenicesttoursI’vedonewasforaladywho wenttotheUniversityofManchesterwhohadn'tbeen backfor30oddyears.Wefoundheroldstudenthouse andthepubwheresheusedtoworkduringhertime here.ItwasaprivilegetowatchtheyearsrollbackasI droveheraround. I love the people in Manchester.Igetagreatsenseof pridelisteningtovisitorstalkabouttheirexperiencesof thefriendlypeopletheymeetwhilsthere.You’lloften hearpeoplesaythattheyaskedsomeonefordirections andthepersonwalkedthemtotheirhotelandthat’s exactlywhatIwouldexpectfromMancunians. On my tour you’ll see a city moving forward -new developments,anexpandingtransportinfrastructure, andtheregenerationofplaceslikeEastManchester.

I'm a big believer in putting back into the community. IgetalotoutofManchestersoacolleagueandIstarted acharitycalledManchesterTaxiAidtohelpraisefunds forlocalcharities.LancasterianSchoolandSalfordLads Clubarethebeneficiariesthisyear.Weencouragetaxi driverstojoinusandtakepartinthebigManchester sportingevents–running,swimming,cycling.Taxi drivingmeansalotoftimespentsittinginacabsoit’sa greatwaytokeepfitandraisemoney. I won the 'Tourism Star of the Year' award at the Manchester Tourism Awards in November 2013. Itfeltfantastic.I’mveryproudofmycityandit’s alwaysaprivilegetoberecognisedforyourhardwork, especiallyforsomethingthatyoulovedoing.Following mywininNovember,I’venowbeennominatedfor VisitEngland’s‘TourismSuperstar2014’awardandto representManchesteratanationallevelisadream cometrue. The thing that sets Manchester apart from any other city isthatit’sgoteverythingexceptabeach,asIan Brownsaid,butit’strue.Manchesterisagreatworking cityandallthepartsworktomakethewhole-the combinationofoldandnewmixedwithapermanent buzzthatjustcouldn’tberecreatedanywhereelse. The VisitEngland ‘Tourism Superstar 2014’ announcement is due to be made on 29 March 2014, after this issue has gone to print. |@MCRTaxiTours



Saved for the City: Albert Hall By Hayley Flynn

Peter Street is an unsung star in the city lined on either side by striking buildings of historical importance and architectural majesty, until recently the street lay in an area that people journeyed through rather than towards.


But the Albert Hall and Aston Institute, now known simply as The Albert Hall is fast becoming one of the main attractions of the city. Built in 1910 by W J Morley, it was home to the Manchester and Salford Wesleyan Mission, and latterly to Brannigan’s Bar. Today it is the most recent addition to the eclectic catalogue of Trof bars; the vision of publicity-shy owner Joel Wilkinson.

who have crawled through chimney spaces and galleries in vain trying to find the heart of the ventilation system. These quirks of the building might be the source of much head-scratching and hard work for Trof, but the fact they are willing to take on and resolve such issues is testament to their dedication to provide something new and original for the city.

The Grade II listed building is vast and spread over four huge floors. The main hall that lies one floor up from Brannigan’s ground floor venue originally seated 2,000 and is lined with wooden seating in a horseshoe shape, stained glass windows and an ornate glass ceiling. Rooms to the rear of the hall include a few office spaces and a projection room, lined with heavy metal panels which slide to reveal letter-box sized peep holes. The organ is big enough for a dozen people to climb inside, and until recently this part of the building had been hidden from the public since its closure in the summer of 1969; left alone, frozen in time.

As you ascend the staircase to the top of the building, in a part now restricted to staff, there is an old coat sign still etched on to crumbling paintwork, a relic of a muddled past - one-off Victorian signage mixed-up amongst Brannigan’s storage overspill of Christmas decorations and stag night props.

Thanks to an unusual vacuum-like system called a Plenum Chamber the building is naturally very warm, something that has baffled the new owners

The building was inspired by Santa Maria della Spina in Pisa, though it's by no means evident on the face of things. The exterior is of polished granite and brown Bermantofts terracotta tiles, similar to that on the facade of London Road Fire Station. There are six main staircases, all grand and vast in size - so large in fact that it doesn't seem feasible that there are so many. The building, in the decay and dim light is maze-like when navigating around it.



Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Albert Hall as a new business venture for the city is that it hasn’t officially opened yet and is already the music hotspot for touring artists.

recovered from elsewhere then recycled into a striking interior design by Joel and his wife. The duo are hard working and humble, and are excited by people, design and how those two things interact.

During the summer of 2013 the team worked hard to get the venue as event ready as possible for a series of unique shows for Manchester International Festival. The venue hosted the palpably haunting adaptation of Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy as performed by Maxine Peake, as well as concerts by contemporary artists such as Mogwai and Goldfrapp. Since MIF the venue has planned a carefully curated selection of musical events from the cult band Slint through to the long awaited return of indie icons Neutral Milk Hotel.

In a society of pay day loans and hyper debt it’s assuring to see a business working within its means, Wilkinson is inventive with his resources and is not afraid to make sacrifices - Trof sold their flagship Fallowfield bar to help pay for the initial layout required on Albert Hall – and essential works such as the windows and the acoustics were strengthened thanks to pragmatic decision making on Wilkinson’s behalf.

How does a small local business like Trof grow to such a burgeoning chain in a relatively small space of time? As an architectural researcher I’ve often found myself, accidentally on the trail of Wilkinson at various demolition sites including the former BBC site on Oxford Road. Each site stripped of its fittings: “Oh yes, Joel was in here yesterday...” chime the demolition contractors as I point and ask where the flooring and lights have gone. The collection of speakers at the Deaf Institute, the unique blue wall of handles and dials at Gorilla - they’re nearly all

When the Albert Hall originally opened as a temperance chapel there were up to 100 Wesleyan halls across the UK. Today just 16 remain in use. The venue built as a temple of abstinence is now saved for the city by a licensed nightclub and bar. The irony of the ever-evolving city. Albert Hall on Peter Street is due to reopen this year, as a restaurant, bar and events space. Formoreinformation:




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NOMA is an evolving neighbourhood of shops, restaurants, hotels, new homes and both cuttingedge and refurbished work space, with acres of outdoor space for new events and the public to enjoy.

NOMA is a 10 year regeneration project, designed to meet the needs and aspirations of both modern businesses and life, with a real community at its heart.

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Why NOMA? NOMA is a gateway location and central hub that puts you right in the heart of city life. So if you’re thinking about moving offices, looking for a new place to expand your retail business or to set up home, or simply a great place to relax and take it all in, then follow us to find out what’s new at NOMA.

What’son: music & theatre The Last Days of Troy

The Two Worlds of Charlie F

Royal Exchange 8 May until 7 June 2014

Manchester Opera House 9 – 14 June 2014

ThisnewversionofTheIliad–bynationallyacclaimed poetandauthorSimonArmitageandstarringLilyCole asHelenofTroy–tellsthestoryoftwocountriesmoving towardswar,frompettyconflictthatescalatesatagreat costtohumanlife.ToldthroughtheeyesofAchilles,this fast-pacedpieceofstory-tellingculminatedinthe legendarytaleoftheTrojanHorse.Afterpremieringin Manchester,TheLastDaysofTroywilltransferto Shakespeare’sGlobethroughoutJune2014. |@rxtheatre

ThetruestoriesofBritishservicemenandwomen broughtunflinchinglytolifeandasoldier’sviewofservice, injuryandrecovery.FromthewarinAfghanistan,through thedreamworldofmorphineinducedhallucinationsto thephysiotherapyroomsofHeadleyCourt,itexplores therealconsequencesofinjury,bothphysicaland psychological,anditseffectsonothersasthe soldiers fightthenewbattleforsurvivalathome.Theplay isa darklycomic,authenticandupliftingtaleofsurvival. | @PalaceAndOpera

Hallé: West End Musicals

An August Bank Holiday Lark

The Bridgewater Hall Saturday 31 May 2014

Oldham Coliseum 10 – 14 June 2014

TakeatriptotheWestEndwithoutleavingtheNorth West.TheHalléandconductorStephenBellarejoined byScarlettStrallenandKillianDonelly,twoofthehottest WestEndtalents,forafantasticcollectionofsomeof thebestshow-stoppingscoreseverwritten.Theshow willincludefavouritesfromLesMisérables,Phantomof theOpera,Carousel,WestSideStory,Singin’intheRain andmanymore. | @the_halle

It’sanidyllicsummerinSaddleworthin1914.Excitement isbuildingforWakesweek;arestfromfieldandmilland acelebrationoftheRushbearingFestivalwithsinging, courting,drinkinganddancing.Theloomingwarbarely registers...butitwill.AnAugustBankHolidayLarkisa deeplymovingdramapoisedatthetippingpointofwar. Intenselynostalgicandemotionallyrich,thisisastory thatwillbothentertainandtugatyourheartstrings. |@OldhamColiseum





Robbie Williams Phones 4u Arena Manchester 29 – 30 June & 2 July 2014 FollowingtheecstaticresponsetohisrecentLondon Palladiumone-offshowwhereheshowcasedmaterial fromhislatestalbumSwingsBothWays,Robbie WilliamswillplaythreedaysinManchesteroverthe summeraspartofhisEuropeantour.Anaturalmasterof showmanshipandanadoptedMancunianfromhisTake Thatdays,Robbieissuretoputonafantasticshowfor fansoldandnew. | @phones4uarena

Contacting The World 2014 Contact Theatre 8 – 11 July 2014


Cirque du Soleil: Dralion Phones 4u Arena Manchester 11 – 15 June 2014

Contact’spioneeringinternationalfestivalforyoung peoplereturnswithalivelyprogrammeofnewtheatre, workshopsanddiscussions.Afterbeingtwinnedfora ninemonthcreativeexchange,sixinternationalyouth companies-BreadandButter(Mumbai,India)andCorby YoungActors(Corby,UK);CYAC(Manchester,UK),and margintheater,(Tehran,Iran);FireflyArts-Fresh, (Livingston,UK)andQuiltPerformingArtsCompany, (Kingston,Jamaica)-cometoManchestertopresent theirnewwork. | @ContactMCR

Fusingthe3,000year-oldtraditionofChineseacrobatic artswiththemultidisciplinaryapproachofCirquedu Soleil,Dralion(pronounced“Dra-lee-on”)willvisit ManchesterthissummeraspartofitsfirsteverUK arenatour.DrawinginspirationfromEasternphilosophy anditsnever-endingquestforharmonybetween humansandnature,Dralionwillshowcaseamindblowingblendofamazingacrobatics,stunning choreography,andlivemusicwithhilariousclowns. | @phones4uarena

Love Story by Erich Segal Octagon Theatre Bolton 19 June until 12 July 2014 TwoworldscollidewhenspiritedItalian-American JenniferCavilleriandwealthy,privilegedHarvard AlumniOliverBarrettIVfallinlove.Thepair,whose backgroundscouldnotbemoredifferent,areunitedby alovethatenduresinthefaceofadversity.LoveStory isinspiredbyErichSegal’sbest-sellingnoveland subsequent1970’ssmash-hitfilm,widelyregardedas oneofthemostromanticfilmsofalltime,andfeatures abrandnewscorebyEmmy,BritandBAFTA award-winnerHowardGoodallCBE. |@octagontheatre



Elaine Paige: 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour The Bridgewater Hall 12 October 2014 As'TheFirstLadyofMusicalTheatre'ElainePaigehas madeamajorcontributiontothemodernmusicalandhas starredinnumerousproductionsintheWestEndandon Broadway.ThisnewtourwillencompassElainePaige’s monumentalcareer,withsongsfromtheworldofmusical theatreandherhugelysuccessfulrecordingcatalogue. |@BridgewaterHall

Shrek the Musical The Palace Theatre 2 December 2014 until 11 January 2015


George’s Marvellous Medicine Tatton Park 13 July 2014

DirectfromtheWestEndandlargerthanlife!Basedon theaward-winningDreamWorksanimationfilm,Shrek theMusicalisthisyear’smust-seeshowatThePalace followingthesuccessofshowssuchasTheLionKing andWicked.JointheunlikelyheroShrekandhisloyal steedDonkeyastheyembarkonaquesttorescuethe beautiful(ifslightlytemperamental)PrincessFiona. FeaturingallnewsongsaswellascultShrekanthemI’m aBeliever,ShrektheMusicalbringsallthemuch-loved DreamWorkscharacterstolifeliveonstage,inanallsinging,all-dancingextravaganza. | @PalaceAndOpera

ThefantasticIllyriaOutdoorTheatrebringsGeorge's MarvellousMedicine,byRoaldDahltoTattonParkthis summer.AdaptedbyDavidWood,theRoaldDahl classicaboutaboywhoconcoctsmedicinetogive tohishorribleGrandmawillbeperformedinthe groundsoftheatmosphericOldHallatTattonPark. Withlarger-than-lifecharactersandjustatwistof maliciousfun,theperformanceisguaranteedto sendtheaudiencethroughtheroof! | @tatton_park

War Horse The Lowry 23 July until 20 September 2014 AfterasuccessfulrunoverChristmas2013,WarHorse, presentedbypartnercompanyTheNationalTheatre, returnstotheLowrythissummer.Basedonthe belovednovelbyMichaelMorpurgo,WarHorsetells thepowerfulandupliftingstoryofyoungAlbert,his belovedhorseJoey,andtheunimaginableobstacles theyovercomebothindividuallyandtogether. | @The_Lowry ShrektheMusical



Symphonic City By Lizzie Carter

Manchesterhasarichmusicallandscape–weallknowabout‘Madchester’ butthere’ssomuchmoretothecity’smusicalofferingsthanasimianstroll. Manchesterbenefitsfromthreemajorprofessionalorchestrasandisoneof thebestplacesinthecountrytostudyclassicalmusic.



The Hallé If the name Charles Hallé rings a bell it’s because he also founded the Hallé orchestra back in 1858. The Hallé is a world class symphony orchestra, performing nearly 70 concerts a year in Manchester and - as Guy Garvey of Elbow once said - ‘is the original Manchester band’. The Hallé serve Manchester first and foremost. When the Hallé’s original home, the Free Trade Hall on Peter Street, was requisitioned and bombed during the Second World War the Orchestra continued to perform at other venues throughout the city. Look out for the old Hallé logos that still adorn the doorways at the Free Trade Hall – now the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel. The Hallé’s programming is broken up into different series: one featuring giants of orchestral repertoire alongside lesser known works, another consists of great choral works and collaboration with the Hallé’s choirs. ElbowperformingwiththeHalléatMIF

Royal Northern College of Music Manchester is home to one of the world’s leading music schools, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) situated on Oxford Road. Its beginnings stretch back to 1893 when Sir Charles Hallé founded the then Royal Manchester College of Music. The college not only trains upcoming professional musicians, but also programmes a mix of inventive musical performances. This can range from a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times with the score performed live by the RNCM Symphony Orchestra to a re-imagining of Kraftwerk complete with video projections. Michelle Castelletti, RNCM’s Artistic Director, explains, “Providing students with diverse and relevant performance opportunities is very important to what we do, as is engaging with audiences. “For me personally, new alliances excite me. I love cross-art form because I think it brings people together with different tastes from all walks of life. We strive to be ‘elite but not elitist’, and to open doors to the man on the street who, out of pure curiosity, wants to give it a try.”



Their Opus One Concerts are a unique concept with performances of the same repertoire three times in one week, on a Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday and Sunday evenings. This particular series began in 1952 as the Industrial Concerts to which people from Manchester’s working class communities – especially local factories and mills – were encouraged to attend. Hallé Pops and Christmas concerts welcome newcomers with themed evenings including film nights, music from musicals and much more.


The Hallé’s current musical director Sir Mark Elder was appointed in 2000, and he has recently renewed his contract with the Orchestra until 2020. Since Sir Mark was first appointed, the Orchestra has reasserted itself as a major creative presence, not only in Manchester but nationally and abroad.

BBC Philharmonic Manchester isn’t short of symphony orchestras and based at MediaCityUK in Salford is the BBC Philharmonic. The orchestra regularly records programmes for BBC Radio 3 as well as appearing on other BBC radio and television programmes with artists such as Richard Hawley and the Pet Shop Boys.



The orchestra also perform small scale events in the BBC studio – check the website to find out what’s coming up next – and if you’re lucky you could also catch a tour of the BBC studios. Currently under the baton of Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena, BBC Philharmonic is committed to introducing an adventurous repertoire so expect something you might never have heard before.

A musical education Manchester’s symphonic musical learning institutions don’t stop with the RNCM. Chetham's School of Music, tucked behind Manchester Cathedral, is the largest specialist music school in the UK, teaching budding musicians aged 8-18. Housed in 600 year-old medieval buildings, Chetham's is very much part of Manchester’s musical fabric. With a regular programme of free lunchtime concerts where students perform their current repertoire, a visit to this unique venue is an afternoon well spent.




Students from Chetham's also perform in Manchester’s beautiful cathedral situated just round the corner at the top of Deansgate. As well as lunchtime concerts, the cathedral programmes coffee concerts, live bands and literary events.

Symphonic collaborations Joining artistic forces is something Manchester does well – including orchestras. In 2012 the Hallé, together with The Lowry and the Royal Exchange Theatre were awarded the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Production for Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town. The BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata worked with the Hallé and RNCM on the ‘Strauss’s Voice’ festival, based on performing all 27 of Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs during January to March this year. One of the country’s leading chamber orchestras, Manchester Camerata works in partnership with the RNCM, Salford University, Chetham's, and Junior

RNCM for their annual Composers Workshops. These give 11 young composers the chance to have their music played by a professional ensemble - opening up to new ideas - with the winner having their work performed to the public. “Collaborations are important because they challenge the way that you normally work” says Samantha McShane, head of creative programming at Manchester Camerata. Working in partnership also benefits audiences; the Camerata regularly work with the Manchester Literature Festival. “It brings two completely different audiences together”, she says. “After an event with poet Lemn Sissay last year, someone said to me ‘I’ve never been to a classical music concert and that was so moving – it added so much more to the occasion’.”

Unconventional musical experiences Manchester isn’t short of interesting venues, Manchester Camerata’s UpClose series programmes concerts in some of the city’s more unique venues, breaking down any formality surrounding classical music. Venues include Gorilla on Whitworth Street, The Deaf Institute off Oxford Road, the Anthony Burgess Foundation on Cambridge Street and the newly opened Albert Hall on Peter Street.

Three Mancunian recordings to listen to… Hallé Elgar, Symphony No 1 Recordedin2008exactly100yearsafter theHallégavethefirstperformanceof theworkinManchesterin1908.

BBC Philharmonic Turina, Danzas Fantasticas ArecentCDfromtheBBCPhilharmonic recordedatMediaCitywithChief ConductorJuanjoMena.

Manchester Camerata Beethoven, Symphony No 9 Thefinalrecordingoftheorchestra's acclaimedprojecttorecordtheentire BeethovenSymphonyCycle.

“Going to a concert in a formal concert hall may not be for everyone”, Samantha explains. “So we took the music to bars, creating a relaxed atmosphere so that the players and the audience are able to connect on a completely different level. That’s what’s so exciting about UpClose – the audience becomes part of the performance.” Over in the ever-developing Ancoats – a stone’s throw from the city’s Northern Quarter – sits Hallé St Peter’s; a recently renovated, deconsecrated church that provides another stunning setting for small scale live music events. Nearly every musical institution mentioned so far performs at the magnificent Bridgewater Hall – the city’s leading classical concert venue. The Hallé is one of three resident orchestras there and the hall programmes an International Concert Series which – as the name suggests – includes not only Mancunian offerings but orchestras and artists from across the globe. Formoreinformation:



Mary Anne Hobbs Achampionofnewandalternativemusic, MaryAnneHobbsisaDJ,presenterandmusicwriter. The response to my BBC 6 Music show has been extraordinary.Mylistenersarelikefamilytomeand peopleallovertheUK(andinternationally)aresetting theiralarmstowakeupwiththeshow.Weallgravitate togethertosharethesameexperience,andthesenseof communionistangible.

collaborationwithAdamCurtisin2013wasapiecethat resonatedsodeeplywithme,Ihavecontemplatedthe themesandthequestionsposedaboutthetruenature of'freedom'almosteverydaysincetheperformance.I admirethebraveryandthevisionofthecuratorAlex Pootssomuch.

Music has been a driving force for me since I was a girl. IcutmyteethlisteningtoJohnPeelundermy blanketsatnightonatransistorradioaboutthesizeofa sardinecan.Johnstoodatthegatewaytoanalternate universe,aplaceI'dhavehadnoevidenceexistedatall withouthisshows...aplaceIwantedtofind.Soatthe ageof18IranawaytoLondonandlivedonabusina carparkforayearwitharockbandcalledHeretic.A crazymoveperhaps,butitwasthefirststeponthe causewayforme,andI'veneverlookedback.

I am inspired by the Manchester poet Lemn Sissay. Hispoemsadornthewallsofthiscityandhispoem 'Belong'isanexampleofthewayinwhichheweaves somuchmagicaboutManchesterintoacomplex narrative;PiccadillyTower,TheBridgewaterHall,John CooperClarke,Morrissey,TheStoneRoses.Iworked withLemnonaprojecttogiveChristmasDinnerto45 youngpeoplefromcarehomesinManchesteron ChristmasDay2013,whichwasoneofthegreatest experiencesofmylife.

If working in radio has taught me one thing,it's thatitissoimportantintermsoftherealevolution ofdemocracy,togivethevoiceoftheBBCsuchan incredibleplatformintheNorthWestinSalford. MediaCityUKislikebroadcaster'sEden,andevery dayIcrossthethresholdIamsogratefultobe workinginsuchavibrant,collaborative,highlycreative environment.IlovetheBBC,andIfeeltheworkwe aredoingfromMediaCityUKischanging,diversifying andstrengtheningus.

I love Manchester because every time I step off the train at Piccadilly I feel the thrill of the city.It'san atmosphereandanenergythat'scompletelyunique toManchester.I'vefeltiteversincethelate'80swhen Iwas writingatNME.WithagangofmatesIwould rolluptheM6everyweekendfromLondontohook upwithHappyMondaysandtheirmanagerNathan McGoughtohittheHaรงienda.Thedistillationisas potentaseverin2014.

During my time in Greater Manchester I've been lucky to see gigs at the Sways Records venue, The Bunker.AllIhadwasapostcodefromtheSwayscrew asthereisnoformaladdress.Theplacelookslikea derelictwarehouseonadesertedSalfordStreet,but insidetheatmosphereiselectric.Bandsplayinsidea giantwoodencageinthecentreofthewarehouse,and theaudienceliterallyswingfromtheframework.Makeit yourmissiontofindtheplace,andyou'llneverforgetit. Manchester International Festival is the most creatively original and ingenious arts event on earth. Theline-upofmusic,theatre,artsandpoetrycreated uniquelyforMIFispeerless.MassiveAttack's

I would recommend first time visitors to Manchester to check out Manchester Art Gallery,curatedbyoneof themostinspirationalwomeninManchester,Maria Balshaw.TheGalleryhasabeautifulpermanent collection,butalsoeverchangingconceptualandartistledexhibitions.JeremyDeller'sexhibitionwasa highlightof2013forme.Isawitatleastfivetimes. You'llalsofindmyoriginalBanksy,'LoveIsInTheAir' inthegallery,juxtaposedbrilliantlybyMariaBalshaw amongthePre-Raphaelites. You can hear Mary Anne Hobbs every Saturday and Sunday from 7-10am on BBC Radio 6 Music. | @maryannehobbs



Manchester Craft and Design Centre: a jewel in Manchester’s Northern Quarter By Nyree Hughes

Just a hop and a skip away from Piccadilly Gardens and the very modern Manchester high street with its opulent facades and glass fronted offices, you’ll find yourself in Manchester’s Northern Quarter – a veritable bohemia, buzzing with independent fashion stores, restaurants, bars, cafés and attractive boutiques. Tucked amongst this oasis of one-of-a-kind retailers you’ll discover the award-winning Manchester Craft and Design Centre (MCDC) on Oak Street. Crowned with a large glass roof, this creative hub, located in an honestly restored Victorian fish and poultry market, is occupied by skilled artists and makers who create and sell everything from hand-crafted jewellery and ceramics to breathtaking paintings and imaginative home decorations made from recycled materials. This hive of innovation and creativity is a must visit for anyone looking for an alternative shopping fix.

From humble beginnings A not-for-profit social enterprise, MCDC opened its doors to the public 30 years ago, initially operating as an artists’ cooperative, and has played a leading role in the regeneration of the Northern Quarter to what it is today as the city’s creative neighbourhood. From fish market to design powerhouse, MCDC is responsible for safeguarding its historic home; reinvigorating it with creative enterprise; supporting the growth of successful and sustainable creative businesses; and developing new talent through its various programmes and opportunities.



Over the years the centre has championed top class contemporary designer/makers – whether through its carefully selected studio artists, exhibitions programme, public workshops or business development sessions, the centre’s mission is to be the place to make, see and buy contemporary craft and design in the North West Today Manchester Craft and Design Centre is home to 19 working studio boutiques where 35 artists, designers and craftspeople produce and sell work to the public six days a week in a calming and tranquil environment. A new website was launched in 2013 and the team are now gearing up to launch the MCDC online shop, showcasing all of its in-house resident makers’ work. Complementing the relaxed and creative atmosphere, the humble Oak St. Café, located at the heart of the building has an alternative offer, serving locally sourced, artisan products and delicious homemade food to eat in or take away, with a daily-changing menu. During 2012 MCDC celebrated its 30th anniversary and commissioned artist Lucy Harvey to gather memories and images that tell the story of the centre in an online archive. Make time to visit the website and enjoy some of the stories told by local residents, early visitors, resident artists and market traders, as well as some fascinating photos of the site’s development over the years.



“I am able to talk to my customers, tell them about my work and demonstrate my enthusiasm for pewter. Being able to work in such an inspiring environment, both in terms of other makers and the building itself, makes me feel very privileged every day I come to work in my small (but perfectly formed) studio. “Manchester Craft and Design Centre is a must-see. It inspires, delights and awes. You can see makers making, using their traditional skills to create their works at the heart of the thriving British and Manchester design scene, then take a piece of it away with you.”

Nurturing new talent MCDC maintains a strong connection with up and coming makers through Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Art and has been finding new talent for several years through its ‘Spotted’ initiative. As a creative organisation MCDC is committed to supporting emerging makers through a number of initiatives including co-curating, take over days and exhibition opportunities. Elizabeth Jane Winstanley, MCDC’s Spotted Award winner for 2014 wowed MCDC at her Manchester School of Art embroidery degree show in 2013 and was awarded their prestigious MMU Graduate Exhibition Award. Elizabeth pushes the boundaries of embroidery by using alternative media and creates captivating illusions from patterns and light emitting wires. A current exhibition, Tactile Illusions showcases Elizabeth’s screen printed acrylic sculptures and prints, and includes a selection of never-before-seen pieces. The exhibition runs until 5 July 2014.

Featured artists MCDC makers are varied and come from diverse background. We took a nosey around two of the resident makers’ studios; Ella McIntosh’s This is Pewter and Andrea Lord’s &Made. Ella McIntosh made the Craft and Design Centre her studio and showroom in 2012. A metal worker, Ella specialises in lead-free pewter, a material introduced to her in 2006 while studying for a degree in Designed Metalwork and Jewellery at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University. Ella’s innovative use of pewter in her designs both illustrates an outstanding skill and its benefits as a material. Having started her business at home, the community aspect of MCDC really appealed to Ella.



&made’s Andrea Lord, spent 30 years as a costume designer for children’s TV production company Cosgrove Hall, but for the past four years she has been based at MCDC running her own business, creating a range of home ware and hand made gifts. After finishing her degree at MMU she immediately started work at Cosgrove Hall Animation House in Chorlton cum Hardy where she trained as a model animator working on shows such as Chorlton and the Wheelies, Wind in the Willows and the feature film Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Following a

stint working for a computer games company, Andrea returned to Cosgrove Hall to work as costume designer/maker on Postman Pat, Fifi and the Flowertots and Rupert Bear. Andrea loved this work as it perfectly employed all her skills and encouraged her to explore and learn lots of new ones. Cosgrove Hall provided her with all the transferable skills that made &made possible, including teaching her the importance of branding and marketing. Commenting on her place at MCDC, Andrea said: “Following my years at Cosgrove Hall, I found working from home very isolating and more than anything I missed people! Moving &made to MCDC provided me with that missing element – the feeling of belonging to a community of like minded designers and makers has been the perfect solution. For a start up business like mine, having the support and encouragement of all these lovely people with their wealth of experiences is priceless. Added to this as a shopper, it certainly has something for everyone”.

MCDC events and exhibitions • CraftUnveiled:monthlylunchtimetalks. • TheMakersDozen:anenormouslytalented collectiveofManchesterbaseddesigners andmakerswillbetakingoverMCDC’s exhibitionspacethissummerwiththeir owncuratedshowcaseofthebest emergingmakersaround. • TactileIllusions:ElizabethJaneWinstanley until5July2014. TheMCDCteamiscurrentlyengagedin severalprojectsacrossGreaterManchester, oneofwhichisaWWIcentenaryprojectwith IWMonthe14and15June.Keepaneyeout ontheMCDCwebsiteforfurtherupdates. Formoreinformation:



Sample our reputation as one of the UK’s friendliest towns and join in the great family fun and games on offer in 2014. There’s something to spice up everyone’s life with our famous Food and Drink Festival, the world’s largest IronKids run, the Ironman UK Triathlon plus much more… Skyride City, June 1 - Over 7,500 cyclists enjoyed last year’s 5km traffic-free cycle ride through the town so don’t forget your bike. Horwich Festival of Racing and Carnival, June 15 – Join us for one of the most popular sporting events in the North West with cycling and running championships including unicycle, races for children and the fabulous Horwich Carnival Parade.

IronKids, July 19 - Children aged 3 to 14 years take part in a series of fun runs in the town centre cheered on by family and friends, finishing under the iconic IRONMAN gantry. Ironman UK Triathlon, July 20 - Cheer on 2,000 athletes who complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run in the UK’s premier long distance triathlon. British Transplant Games, August 7-10 - Over 600 athletes and 2000 supporters gather to compete in the one of the UK’s largest multi-sport events and raise awareness of organ donation in the UK.

Bolton Food and Drink Festival, August 22-25 - A delight for foodies and families alike with top TV celebrity chefs, live cooking demos, speciality markets, live music and great family entertainment.

Bolton has loads more to choose from and we can’t wait to see you…


Treats on the street By Siobhan Handley

AsGreaterManchester’sfoodmarketrenaissancecontinuestogrow–withthe regionbecomingevenmorerenownedforitsindependentandinnovativefoodand drinkproduct–themarketandstreetfoodscenehastakencentrestageandisnow oneofthemostvibrantindiemarkethotspotsinthecountry.




Whether it was the economic downturn, the growing taste for unusual and adventurous cuisine, or the desire to support and dine at hip, independent businesses, one thing’s certain; the last couple of years has seen a revolution in artisan produce and food from the street. The nation’s passion for good food – as straightforward and honest as it is delicious – has steadily grown in momentum with Greater Manchester quick to carve out its own place in the national street food shake up. Who after all would have envisaged vendors making pizza in the back of a VW a few years back? That Manchester’s biggest developers would welcome small markets and give over state of the art units to local bakers? Or that Mancunians would queue en masse to sample exotic morsels like arepas? There’s no suggestion that our obsession with food is ready to slow down and as a region blessed with some of the most historic and impressive marketplaces in the UK, the new generation of entrepreneurs have plenty of old hands to draw inspiration from.



Bury Market is world famous, multi-award winning, and has been serving the people of the North West for over 500 years. In 2014 it is still a great foodie day out. The centre piece Meat and Fish Hall is a mecca for fresh, locally sourced ingredients, whilst local food heroes like the Bury Black Pudding Company and Katsouri’s Deli lie in the main hall – the perfect place to hunt out some of the most famed food that the region has to offer. A great atmosphere and easy to get to by tram, it’s a tried and tested day out.

Over in Tameside, Ashton Market has recently added to the region’s market plaudits by this year scooping a national award for Best Market in the UK. Built in 1901 this huge market hall was gutted by fire in 2004, but after a £1.6 million investment, it now boasts an amazing range of traders and state of the art surroundings, including free wifi and plenty of lovely pit stop points. Check out the Seaking Fish Stall where you can pick up fresh fish direct from Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast. Our regional food fantasia also extends out to Bolton where another of the finest markets in the UK can be found. Bolton Market has won numerous awards over the years including BBC Radio 4’s prestigious Best Food Market category in their Food and Farming Awards and Manchester Food and Drink Festival’s Best Retail Outlet of the Year. The town has recently unveiled its newly refurbished markets, with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer pledging his support as an official ambassador. The main hall has been revamped to include a central food court area, with around a third of the 40 businesses being new additions to the market including a micro-pub, Great Ale Year Round and a coffee bean company, The

Coffee Grind, but of course it’s still the best place in town to pick up fresh produce, cheese, fish and meats too. Stepping up to establish their own place in Greater Manchester’s burgeoning food scene, the new kids on the block champion diversity and often bring traditional market values with a contemporary twist. Castlefield Artisan Market is the biggest fine food, craft and vintage market in Manchester city centre. Starting out a couple of years ago as an occasional event under the arches of Castlefield – one of the city’s most historic and picturesque areas – stall holders were bowled over by the response to the venture and now pitch up monthly. The Castlefield Artisan Market has recently been re-housed in Upper Campfield Market - a Victorian Market Hall in Castlefield, providing the perfect setting to browse artisan food, drink and crafts, come rain or shine. Stall holders are an eclectic mix of creative and independent folk from makers to bakers, meaning great produce and street food sit alongside vintage and craft. There’s usually live music and performance, so bring your dancing shoes in case you get the urge to burn off some calories. Flying the flag for alternative markets is Guerilla Eats, an indie food collective that puts the ‘street’ into street food with some of the region’s most fashionable independent food traders taking part. Guerilla Eats monthly ‘street food parties’ happen at a variety of venues, bringing cool new food innovations to venues ranging from upmarket King Street in the city centre to the backstreets of Salford. Alcohol and DJs are usually involved too. Keep an eye on the Guerilla Eats website for details of their next event.



For the best suburban artisan market in the region, somewhat surprisingly, Levenshulme is leading the way. Levenshulme Market is a social enterprise run entirely by the traders involved and features at least 50 concessions every Saturday on a carpark behind Levenshulme train station. Stallholders offer a bounty of artisan produce with new local food heroes such as Trove sharing the Levvy limelight with the likes of The Buttery, The Brownie Owl, Robinson’s Bakery, Margo and Rita Mexican Streetfood and the amazing Ginger’s Comfort Emporium Ice Creams. Piccadilly Gardens has become another unlikely hot spot for artisan food on the street. It is now home to a wealth of street food heroes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday and with around 20 stalls weekly it makes for a fabulous dining destination, not just for visitors to the city, but as a ‘go to’ venue for the city’s work force as an end of week lunch time treat. Of course, like any good city alongside the permanent and regular market and street food celebrations, Greater Manchester has a varied programme of annual foodie jamborees.



Manchester Food and Drink Festival will take over Albert Square in the Manchester city centre for its 17th outing this in September. The biggest annual urban food and drink festival in the UK, it provides an opportunity to revel in local food and drink with 100 beers, dozens of street food heroes, producers and master classes, plus live music until 11pm most nights; its a food and drink ‘gastravaganza’ you do not want to miss. Bolton and Wigan’s Food and Drink festivals meanwhile have become major food tourism events in their own right and are well worth a look when they come around – August and February/March respectively – with literally hundreds of stallholders taking over the centres of both towns for their duration.


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What’son: LGBT

Great British Bear Bash

Pride Games

Gay Village 2 – 5 May 2014

Various locations 7 – 8 July 2014

Fourdaysoffurry,friendlyfunheldeveryMay.Thebears comeoutofhibernationandtheGayVillagecomesalive withclubnights,partiesandeventscateringforbears, cubs,daddies,chasersandchubs.‘TheBigTop’includes clubnightsHi-NRGCarnival,Manbears@SoundControl andCirqueDuBear,withplentyofothereventstokeep bearsbusyoverthecourseoftheweekend. |@manbears

Split Britches: RUFF

ThePrideGamesisanannual,internationalLGBTsport festivalforlesbian,gay,bisexualandtransgender peopleandtheirfriends.RunbyPrideSports-itis committedtosupportingLGBTsportsclubsand workingtowardsequityforLGBTpeopleinsportat alllevels.HeldatvarioussportingsitesinManchester, it’stheperfectopportunitytotryanewsport, re-awakenoldtalentsorbrushuponcurrentskills, whilehavingfunandmeetingnewpeople.

Contact Theatre 28 May 2014


PeggyShawhadastrokeinJanuary2011.Sincethe strokeshe’srealisedshehasneverreallyperformed solo.Shehasalwayshadahostofcrooners,lounge singers,moviestars,rockandrollbandsandeccentric familymemberslivinginsideher.RUFFisatributeto thosewhohavekepthercompanythese68years,a lamentfortheabsenceofthosewhodisappearedinto thedarkholesleftbehindbythestrokeandacelebration thatherbrainisabletofilltheblankgreenscreenswith newinsights. | @ contactmcr



Gay Village 11 – 13 July 2014 Theweekendfestival-basedaroundSackvilleGardens intheVillage-isacelebrationofallformsoftransgender andeverythinginbetweenandculminateswithSparkle intheParkwhichisafulldayprogrammeoflivemusic, eventsandstalls.Theall-inclusiveSparkleisanimportant partofManchester’sLGBTcalendarandisoneofthe biggesttransgendereventsinthecountry,attracting visitorsfromfarandwide. | @Sparkleweekend

Manchester Pride Fringe

Manchester Pride Big Weekend

Various locations August 2014

Gay Village 22 – 25 August, 2014

ManchesterPrideFringeisacolourfulprogrammeof arts,culturalandcommunityeventsshowcasing Manchester’svibrantlesbian,gay,bisexualand transgendercommunitytakingplacethroughoutAugust intherunuptotheBigWeekend.Previoushighlights haveincludeddivaMargaritaPracatan,livecartoonist EnnioMarchetto,theColourofSalfordpaintthrowing andcelebrityexhibitionsandevents.Afunandengaging programmeofeventswillbeannouncedinspring2014. | @manchesterpride

Themulti-awardwinningManchesterPridefestival continueswiththeBigWeekend,a72hourticketed eventinManchester’sworldfamousgayvillage.The popular,vibrantManchesterPrideparaderunsthrough theheartofthecitycentreontheSaturday,meanwhile insidetheBigWeekendsite,expectperformancesfrom nationalandinternationalartistsintheMainArena,a chilledoutprogrammeofmusicandentertainmentin SackvilleGardensandhigh-profileDJsinthe2,000 capacityDanceArena.Thefestivalcloseswiththe poignantandmovingGeorgeHouseTrustCandlelitVigil, torememberthosewhowehavelosttoHIVandshow solidarityinfightingthedisease.Aseaofcandleslight upthecalmsurroundingsofSackvilleGardens. |@manchesterpride

Britain’s leading LGBT event a colourful programme of theatre, live music,culture, art, debate and community events celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life throughout august 2014 / registered charity 1117848





David Hoyle DavidHoyleisanartistandperformer. I was born in Blackpool. IwasthereuntilIwasabout 21,andthenImovedtoLondonandlivedtherefor threeyears.IcametoManchesterinthemid-80sand I’vebeenhereeversince.Althoughalotofmyworkis inLondonandotherplaces,I’malwaysgladtocome backtoManchester,rest,seemyfriendsandrecharge mybatteries. Manchester in the 80s was fantastic. Therewasalotof verygrassrootsqueeractivismgoingonandtherewere somewonderfulpublications,includingonethatIwas veryluckytodoillustrationsforcalledSceneOut.Itwas asmallersceneinthosedays,soitwasveryfriendlyand everyonekneweachother.Icallit‘lifepriortoQueerAs Folk’becauseoncethatcamealongtheGayVillage stoppedbeingagayvillageandbecameatourist destination.Itwasprettyhalcyonicbackthenand towardstheendofthatdecadewehadtheManchester ‘SummerofLove’.Itwasagreattimetobehere–itfelt likeManchesterwastheveryepicentreoftheuniverse. I have a flat in Longsight where I do a lot of my paintings. AndalsowritingwhichissomethingthatI’ve onlygotintointhelastyear.Becausemyactisall improvisedandspontaneous–tokeepitfresh,tolivein thenowandinthemoment–Ihadavoidedwritingfor muchofmycareer,butnowI’mreallyintoitandI’m hopingtocarryonwithit. Working in the arts has taught me everything. It’s beentheloveofmylife,myongoingrelationship.I supposeIhaveanalmostmonogamousrelationship withartreallybecauseit’sliterallywhatgetsmeupin themorningandit’swhatmotivatesme.Ihavemore faithinartsometimesthanIdoinpeople. I do have a need to create and a need to express myself. Ithinksomeofusfinditausefultoolto externalisethingsthatmightbetroublingus,oritmight beourwayofmakingacommentontheworldthatwe livein,particularlypoliticallyandsocially.Itallowsyouto engageinaverypersonalwayandIwouldencourage thatforeverybody.Getyourfelttipsoutandget doodlingaway,writeslogansorwhateveryouneedto expressyourselfandletoutanavalacheofcreativity.

I’m not into gender. Idontreallybelieveinit.Ithinkitsa devisivedistractionandIthinkweallknowthatwhenit comestomasculineandfeminine,itdoesntalltieinwith thepersonsgenitals.Ibelieveinequalitycompletely,so irrespectiveofhowourtoiletpartsarearranged,Idon’t reallythinkthatitsaysmuchaboutus. Ithinkweallneedtobefreenow,wearwhatwewant andjusttrytokeepwarm. What tends to be controversial is that which we are not encourgaged to discuss, orthatwhichwearenot encouragedtoexplore.Itmightbecontroversialtoask: whyhavewegotanunelectedheadofstate?Butmany peoplewouldfindeventhesuggestionofbringingthat subjectupcontroversial.Isitnotcontroversialthatthe positionofourheadofstatecannotevenbereferredto intheHouseofCommonssothatwithinourdemocratic arenawecannotevendiscussalternativestoa hierarchicalimposedformofgovernment?Isaybeas controversialaspossible;otherwiseyouaresupporting thestatusquowhichneedsanirreparableholetearing initforalloftime. I do like northerers. Peopleask,quitecynically,whyI choosetoliveinManchesterwhenIcouldlivein London.IlikethenorthernsenseofhumourandIthink we’vegotaveryproudhistoryofcomedyparticularly, andmusicandart.IthinkthecitiesofbothLiverpooland Manchesterhavecreatedalotofwonderfulartandare stillfermentingundergroundartistsandexpression–it keepstheNorthWestveryalive. If it’s open and you have the opportunity, visit the Whitworth Art Gallery. LikemanyofManchester’s galleries,it’safreegalleryandwasfoundedonthat idealbyMrWhitworthmanyyearsago.It’sabeautiful buildingandtheyhaveamagnificentpermanent collection.It’salsothenationalcentreforprint,sofor peopleintoprintworksthereisthemostamazingand comprehensivearchive.ForawhileIstudied printmakingatwhatwastheoldpolytechnic,soI haveastrongconnectiontoit.



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Pampering power There’s arguably no better way to relax than during a spa day. As a special treat with loved ones or as means to alleviate the stresses of a tough week or long journey - that feeling of indulgence is the perfect antithesis to hectic urban life. Here’s our guide to some of the top spots to revive and rejuvenate in the region.



Mottram Hall Club and Spa Nestledwithin270acresofrollingCheshirecountryside thenewMottramClubandSpaisthedefinitionof serenity.Guestsareinvitedtoworkupasweatwitha BiospaceFitnessAssessment,followedbyasession withthestate-of-the-artTechnoGymfacilities.Butwhat makesthisspaparticularlypopularisthearrayofindoor andoutdoorrelaxationfacilities-fromtheuniqueAlfresco Thermospacewhichofferstheexperienceandhealth benefitsofbathingoutdoors,totheinnovativeBrechelbath andStonebaththermalrooms–thefirstintheUK. | @DeVereMottram

The Mere Golf Resort and Spa Aleisurely25minutedrivefromcentralManchester,the MereGolfResortandSpaistheidealplacetowind downafterastintofcityslicking.Fromthemoment guestspassthroughtheiconicarchwaytheyare transportedtoahavenofrelaxation.Withworld-class workoutareas,astunningpool,wetandthermalfacilities andarangeoftop-to-toetreatments-everywantand whimiscateredfor.Couplescantakeadvantageofthe dualtreatmentrooms,althoughwithapicturesquegolf courseonoffer,aroundofgolfmaydistractsomevisitors. | @LifeatMere

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The Radisson Blu Edwardian TheSiennaSpaandHealthClubcombinesaluxurious andrecentlyrefurbisheddayspawithexcellentleisure andfitnessfacilitiestoguaranteethatguestshavethe perfectenvironmenttoexercise,relaxandunwind. Withnewandbeautifullyappointedtreatmentroomsfor SiennaSpatreatments,a12metredecklevelswimming poolandNordicsauna–guestscanfeeltheirstresses andstrainsmeltawayasthegentlearomasandsoft musicsoothethembacktogoodhealth. | @RBEhotels



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Literate legacy By David Atkinson

Manchester has inspired and nurtured great writers for centuries. From Karl Marx observing working life in the mid 19th century to the UK's current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the evolution of the modern industrial city has been recorded in literary works to challenge, inspire and surprise.

The living room Manchester Central Library, a Grade II-listed building and the second largest public library in the UK, reopened in March after a four-year £50 million refurbishment. The concept is to open up the library, making 70% of the space accessible to the public while restoring some of the intricate architectural flourishes to their 1930s glory. New features include a high-tech media lounge, performance and exhibition space, plus dedicated children's, music and business libraries, and the Archives+ family history centre. "It's the public library as the third space, a place to meet, reflect and read. Nobody asks why you're here when you walk in the front door,” explains Neil MacInnes, Head of Libraries, Information and Archives, as staff members busily unpack boxes of new-arrival books around us. Neil takes me on a whistle-stop tour behind the scenes of the refurbishment from the walnutpanelled Chief Librarian's Office, overlooking St Peter's Square, to the new climate-controlled, secure vaults, where the rare old books include the Codex Justinianus, the 1437 book of emperor law hand written by monks on parchment. The crowning glory, however, remains the Reading Room, built around a gilded clock and surrounded by marble-effect pillars under a huge glass dome. This statement space returns to its original purpose post refit as a room for quiet study with English Heritage advising on the painstakingly restored 1930’s furnishings. The genteel ambiance and smell of dusty, leather-bound volumes is complemented by words stencilled around the ceiling: "Wisdom is the principal thing." “The Library still embraces knowledge and learning, it promotes reading and literacy,” says Neil, who expects two million visitors in the first year, many using the library as a cultural space, not just a place to borrow books. “But,” he adds as we weave through metallic stacks of assorted tomes, ducking down tiny stairwells to the lower levels for a look at the new performance space, “it's also increasingly about providing space for people to interact – like the city’s living room.”




This vision for an all-inclusive community space was fundamental to the redevelopment plans. Cllr Rosa Battle, who oversaw the refurbishment for Manchester City Council, explains: "Central Library is a unique place where people can meet, learn and be inspired. Whether looking for a book, meeting with friends or attending a cultural event, it’s a place that is truly made for people.”

The idea is to restore the house, both in aesthetics and ambiance, to the era when Elizabeth lived there with her two daughters and husband William Gaskell, a Unitarian minister and pioneer in the education of the working class. It re-opens as a centre for cultural understanding and literary heritage in time to host events as part of this year’s Manchester International Literature Festival.

Historic property

"We wanted to bring the house back to life and recognise Gaskell's work, drawing the parallels between the 19th century issues she addressed and contemporary issues today," explains Project Manager John Williams, guiding me through the lived-in family rooms.

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, located just outside the city centre in Ardwick, will reopen in mid October after a lengthy £2.5 million renovation. Gaskell, the author of Cranford (1853) and North and South (1855), documented Manchester’s industrial revolution from her writing desk at 84 Plymouth Grove after the family moved to the house in 1850. The Manchester Historic Buildings Trust subsequently saved the Grade II-listed Regency villa and spent three years lovingly restoring it.



The Gaskells would have entertained the writers Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens, and the conductor Charles Hallé during the 1850s and each room boasts artefacts and stories to discover; many reflecting the social history described in Elizabeth's

letters. The dining table, for example, will be laid out as if the family were about to come down for supper, while her paper-strewn writing desk overlooks the shrubberies of the manicured Victorian garden.

"This is one of the city’s few pre-industrial buildings. It traces Manchester's association with literature back to the medieval age," explains Librarian Michael Powell.”

"Elizabeth fits into the free-thinking, radical tradition of Manchester in the way she reflected on the Industrial Age," says John as we climb the elaborate staircase to a glass-domed landing. “Her thoughtful world view is still valid today.”

Across town on Deansgate, the John Rylands Library reopened in 2007 after a five-year, £17 million transformation which fused a modern wing onto the existing neo-Gothic structure. This has opened up new exhibition space and a new study centre. The historic reading room remains the preserve of hushed reverence as the third largest academic library in the UK but new visitor facilities target the wider community through exhibitions and events.

Seats of learning Chetham’s Library, located opposite the National Football Museum, is the oldest free public library in the English-speaking world. The 17th century Manchester textile merchant Humphrey Chetham created the legacy of the library in his 1651 will and his ethos remains stamped all over the late-medieval college building to this day as “a place for scholars and others well-affected …” The small space, crammed with dusty ledgers locked behind sturdy wooden gates, has provided a haven of tranquility and learning for the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Karl Marx, the latter’s study desk now a place of pilgrimage in a cloister off the 16th century, wood-panelled reading room. Other gems include a 1578 copy of the works of Plato, signed by the 17th century British poet Ben Johnson.


Research centre Elsewhere across the city, other literary centres include the Anthony Burgess Foundation, located near Oxford Road and dedicated to the Manchesterborn novelist best known for his dystopian book A Clockwork Orange. The centre is home to an extensive library and archive of manuscripts, correspondence and photographs relating to Burgess and his work. The Reading Room is open daily by appointment if you call ahead. The Working Class Movement Library in Salford, meanwhile, records the story of Britain's working classes from the beginning of industrialisation to the




present day. The huge collection of photographs, poetry, plays and journals – not to mention 35,000 books, 200,000 pamphlets and reports from radical trials – spans topics from the trade union movement to the Spanish Civil War. It includes some of the earliest union documents to have survived from the 1820s through to an archive of work by Jim Allen, the Manchester-born screenwriter who worked on Coronation Street.

Festival fever The annual Manchester Literature Festival (MLF) returns to the city this autumn (October 6 - 19). Established in 2006, the festival showcases the best in contemporary writing from across the world and promotes Manchester as a hub for international cultural exchange. The programme spans all genres with events staged across the city. Before that, the bi-annual Manchester Children’s Book Festival returns this summer with events running from June 26 to July 6. The Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, established the festival in 2010 and remains its creative director, running it with her team at Manchester Metropolitan University. Formoreinformation

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Brian Cox AScottish-bornEmmyaward-winningactor,BrianCox playsSirMattBusbyinthenewfilm,‘Believe’. ‘Believe’ is a film about a group of Manchester school kids in the 1980s.Itbeginswithoneofthem attemptingtostealanolderman’swallet.Itturnsoutin fact,thattheychosetostealfromthefamousSirMatt Busby.Inthefilm,he’sretiredandnolongerwith ManchesterUnited;he’sinhis70s.Insteadofrejecting thesekids,hegoesontotraintheminfootballfora Manchesteryouthteamcompetition. My interpretation of Sir Matt Busby draws upon my childhood.IwasprobablyabouttenwhentheMunich airdisasterhappened.Irememberthatitleftaveryvivid impressiononme.Theseyoungmen,returningfroman awaymatch,weretragicallykilledwhilstBusby-their



manager-nearlydiedhimself.Thefilmisreallyabout Busbylayingtheghoststorest;oftheboysandthe eventsthattroubledhim. Busby was the first great believer in European football andeverythingthathasnowcometopass;the waythatfootballhasbecometrulyinternational.He wantedtogotoMunichtocompletehisteam’sfixtures whilsttheFootballLeagueatthetimewasnotveryfond oftheAssociationinEurope.Busbywastryingtoopen frontiers.Inawayhefeltresponsiblebecausetheteam wentouttherepartlyonhisinstructions,whichprovedto befatal.Ithinkthathewasveryhardonhimself.Hewas tryingtohonoursomethinghebelievedinforthefuture

offootball.Hewasamanofextraordinarydimension andoftremendousbelief.Ijustcompletelyempathise withhim;itwasagreatprivilegetostepinintohis shoes. People should watch the film because it is an amazingly life-affirming piece.It’sgotthecharmof successfulBritishfilmssuchasBillyElliotandthe FullyMonty.Likethem,it’saboutovercomingadversity andwhathappenswhencommunitiespulltogetherin townsandcitieslikeManchester.‘Believe’isaperfect titleforit. Before filming, I hadn’t been to Old Trafford since the 60s and it just remains one those extraordinary places.It’sahallowedgroundinaway.It’ssurprisingly smallinonesense–it’sgrandofcoursebutthere’s somemodestyaboutitintermsofwhereit’slocated. GoingtheretowatchManchesterUnitedwhenIwas younger,Ibecameafirmfanoftheteam.Isawa coupleofgamesthereandwasreallyimpressedby thewholeethos.It’sanethosthatwasstartedbySir MattandcontinuedwithSirAlex.Ofcourse,with thembothbeingScottish,Ifeelthereisaverystrong bondforaScotsmaninManchester.That’snotto forgetManchesterCityaswell-andthatgreatrivalry. Thetwoteamsareatthezenithoftheirpowers.

The Royal Exchange for me, still to this day, is probably the best theatre in Britain.Intermsofits physicalityandalsointermsofit’sdesign.It’sa phenomenalspace;theideaoftakingtheoldcotton exchangeandbuildingthisamazinglunarmoduleinthe middleofit.It’ssensational.Iplayeditinitsheyday.I wasafoundermemberofthetheatreandwedidthe firstproductionsintheUniversityonOxfordRoadway backinthelate60s.Iplayedinitstemporary incarnations;inManchesterCathedralandthenona tourofBacupandColneinLancashire.Ialsoperformed inthefirstmoduleinthepresentbuildingintheearly 70s,beforethepermanentconstructionwasactually built.I’veknownthattheatrethroughoutmylifesoit hasbeenaveryimportantspacetome.Thatspacestill is,forme,thebestintheUK. Believeisreleasedinsummer2014.

Manchester is transformed.Itisprobably,without questionthemostsuccessfulcityintheUK.Iusedto cometoManchester(toperformintheRoyalExchange Theatre)regularlythroughoutthe70suntilthebeginning ofthe80s.Itwasanamazingtimethoughbackthen. Manchesterwasneverthebustlingmetropolisthatithas nowbecome.It’saUniversitytowntodayandavery livelycityaltogether.Itseemstobenon-stop,24-7. I’veneverknownacitysolivelyasManchester.



What’son: festivals Sounds from the Other City

24:7 Theatre Festival

Chapel Street, Salford 4 May 2014

Various venues 18 – 25 July 2014

Celebratingthe10thanniversaryofwhathasbecome oneofGreaterManchester'spremierdaysoutforlovers ofnewmusic,SoundsfromtheOtherCityfestival2014 (SFTOC)unitesthecreamofthenationaland internationalnewmusicscenewithsomeofthecity's finestindependentpromoters,collectivesandclub nights.AregularfeatureontheMayDayBankHoliday, SFTOC2014willtakeinahugearrayofunusualplaces andspacesalongChapelStreet,thehistoriccentreof SalfordastonesthrowfromManchestercitycentre. | @sftoc

24:7isauniquetheatrefestivalthatbringsinnovative dramatothepeopleofManchesterandnurturesthe writing,directing,performingandproducingtalentof tomorrow.ForaweekinJuly24:7willbecelebrating10 yearsoffestivaltheatre-makingwithworldpremière productions,rehearsedreadings,scriptsindevelopment andahostofextraeventsfeaturingemergingartists fromtheregion. | @247theatre

Parklife Weekender Heaton Park 7 – 8 June 2014 Followinglastyear’sselloutevent,thisyear’sParklifeis settobringmoremusic,moredancingandmorefun thaneverthoughtpossibleinaVictorianpark!Joining thethousandsofrevellersforthisyear’seventisahandpickedline-upwhichincludesSnoopDog,Foals,Bastille, Rudimental,Disclosure,LondonGrammar,JamieJones, KendrickLamar,SamSmith,JulioBashmore,SBTRKT, CarlCox,SoulIISoul,KatyB,SethTroxler,JamieXXand AnnieMac. | @Parklifefest

mjf (Manchester Jazz Festival) Various venues 18 – 27 July 2014 Immerseyourselfinthe19thannualManchesterJazz Festival.Thisyear’seventoffers10daysofgreatmusicin theheartofthecitywithover70bandsperformingin oneofsevencitycentrelocations.Theannualfestival servestocelebratetheamazingdiversityofjazzwith manyfreeevents. | @ManJazzFest

Manchester Day City centre 22 June 2014 Createdin2010tocelebratethecreativityanddiversity synonymouswiththecity,ManchesterDayisnowan annualeventcumulatinginaspectacularparadeinwhich communitiesaregiventheopportunitytocelebrate individualandcollectiveprideandportraythestories aboutwhatmakesthemfeeluniquelyMancunian. Over2,400participantsfromacrossManchesterget involvedeachyear,allaimingtowowanaudienceof morethan50,000residentsandvisitorswholinethe streetsofthecitycentre. |@mancitycouncil







RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Manchester Food and Drink Festival

Tatton Park 23 – 27 July 2014

Albert Square and various locations 18 – 29 September 2014

SetinmagnificentparklandstheRHSFlowerShow TattonPark2014isacelebrationofthebestingardening withavibrantcarnivalatmosphere.Breath-taking displays,inspiringshowgardensandthechancetomeet topplantspeoplemixwithfloralparades,aflowerfilled Ferriswheel,highsummercolour,livemusicand entertainment. |@rhs

Dig the City

ManchesterFoodandDrinkFestivalisoneoftheUK’s largestandhighestprofileurbanfoodfestivals.Visitthe FestivalHubonAlbertSquare,opendailythroughoutthe Festival.Hereyoucantuckintoaneye-wateringlygood burger;eastern-inspiredstreetfood;aglassofwine chosenbyalocalmerchant;breadsbakedthroughout theday;anunconquerableburrito;atastingmenucourtesy ofsomeoftheUK'shottestchefs;orsimplyapintof beerfromoneofthecity’sexcellentmicrobreweries. |@MFDF14

Various locations 2 – 10 August 2014

Manchester Literature Festival

Thissummer,Manchesterbecomesagardencityonce more.Thecity’sshoppingstreetswillbloomintolife,via flowers,foodandafete,withshowgardens,horticultural marketsandkid’sfunwiththeNationalTrust.Asthe festivalblossomsacrossthecity,sotoowillninedaysof unexpectedthingstodo–afterwork,attheweekend andintheholidays. | @digthecitymcr

Various locations 6 – 19 October 2014 Acelebrationofthewrittenword,includingdiscussions, readings,newcommissions,literarytoursandsneak peeksintothecreativeprocessofourfavouriteauthors andpoets.ManchesterLiteratureFestivalprovides uniqueandimaginativeopportunitiesforaudiencesto experiencehighqualityliveliteratureandanarrayof associatedprojectseachOctober. |@McrLitFest



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Wheels in Motion by James Walker

Whether you’re seeking the highoctane thrills of one of the city’s numerous bike tracks or a leisurely ride around one of the North West’s many beauty hotspots, discover why Manchester is now considered the Home of British Cycling. Over recent years, cycling in the UK has enjoyed something of a renaissance. The much-lauded success of the British cycling team at the London Olympics, coupled with the public’s more general desire to get fit and (importantly) stay fit, has resulted in many of the country’s residents choosing to ditch their car keys in favour of their bike helmets. With its central location on this small island, Manchester represents the pulsing heart of cycling in the UK. Home to the world-leading National Cycling Centre, the city hosts numerous annual events that draw fans of the sport from far and wide. And, for those who would rather participate than spectate, Manchester and the surrounding region offer countless cycling options – from mountain biking and BMX tracks to pedal-powered city rides and idyllic countryside jaunts. Image©VaughnRidley/

Anyone who chooses to call this city their home will tell you that Manchester is the perfect size; most certainly never too small to get boring, but also not too big to stop you from venturing out on a day trip to one of the region’s most picturesque hotspots (Cheshire and the upper Peak District to name but two). In some European cities, it can take half a day or more to get away from the traffic jams and the noise. From central Manchester the countryside can be reached in less than half an hour by train. And this, of course, is an excellent prospect for any cycling enthusiast.

On ya bike Before we ride out to the country, it’s well worth taking a closer look at some of the many ways to enjoy cycling in and around the city itself. As with many cities, one of the best ways to see Manchester is by bike. It’s quick. It’s easy. And, with no parking fees or petrol pumps to worry about, it’s cheap. Cycle hire is available at the Brompton Dock at Piccadilly Station and through a myriad of independent retailers dotted around the city, many of which offer discounts for those looking to rent out bikes for more than one day.





When asked about what Greater Manchester’s local councils have planned for fans of two-wheeled transportation, Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said that more than £37 million will have been invested in cycling between 2011 and 2015. That means more cycle hubs and cycle ride stations are on the way, which will make it even easier for people to get around on their bikes. All this forms part of the ‘Vélocity 2025’ vision – an ambitious project that will see the development of an initial 56km of cycle routes on key corridors into the city centre by 2015, and a major education programme inspired by other European cities. Commenting on the rise of cycling in Manchester and the North West region in general, Councillor Fender said: “I cycle locally myself, and it has been great to see the huge rise in cycling in Greater Manchester over the last few years. Cycling uptake has risen by 30% since 2005 and through our Vélocity 2025 plans we are aiming for a 300% increase in cycling levels by 2025.”

Chasing the medal No trip to Manchester would be complete without a visit to the city’s jewel in the crown: the National Cycling Centre (NCC). Opened as the UK’s first indoor Olympic cycling track in 1994, the NCC quickly became a catalyst for further development of the east Manchester area. Since the NCC opened its doors, the venue has hosted numerous cycling events of all sizes, from local weekly track leagues to the UCI World Track Championships. Athletes from ‘Team GB’ are based at the NCC and, according to Jarl Walsh, general manager of the facility, the regular access they have to the track has enabled them to maintain their position as one of the leading track cycling teams in the world. The impact of Team GB on Manchester’s cycling profile cannot be underestimated, as Councillor Fender explains: “Through the Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics, Manchester is now known internationally as the Home of British Cycling.”




Incidentally, it’s not uncommon to see members of the British cycling team riding around the Greater Manchester region. But if they are too quick for you to catch a proper glimpse, you could always head down to the commemorative post box in Albert Square, which was painted gold in honour of Team GB’s celebrated athletes. While track racing remains one of Manchester’s key drawcards, it’s not all carbon fibre frames and spandex shorts. In 2011, the NCC was expanded to include the world’s first purpose-built indoor BMX arena complete with two start ramps for elite and community use. And last year the NCC was further expanded with the creation of the Mountain Bike Skills area in the adjacent Philips Park and 11km of mountain bike trails in nearby Clayton Vale. “These have quickly established themselves as ‘must try’ destinations for avid and experienced MTB cyclists and introductory sessions for beginners are now available,” Walsh said. One cycling expert who remains a fan of all things off-road is Ricky Crompton, a Manchester-born international competitor across multiple disciplines, including mountain bikes, BMX and fixed gear. Discussing the profound influence Manchester has had on his career, Crompton – who now runs his own mountain bike and BMX skills coaching business based in Greater Manchester – said: “Growing up in




Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester provided me with a number of indoor and outdoor facilities to practice. Cycling in Manchester is becoming as recognised as football. “Manchester is now the major player in providing the best cycling facilities in the UK. Many people travel to practice, train professionally and race here on a weekly basis.”

Due to his extensive industry knowledge, Crompton is currently overseeing the construction of a new BMX track at Cheadle’s Bruntwood Park. Set to open in the first half of the year, the track will have a real community feel to it and will be open to all ages and abilities. “A club has been already set up to run weekly coaching and practice sessions,” Crompton said. “There will also be a number of national and regional BMX races happening at the track through out the year, which will see competitors travel from all over.”

John Lister, one of the managers at Bike Events, which organises the North West century and numerous rides around the UK each year, said the Manchester 100 is becoming one of the country’s biggest cycle meets. “There is no doubt that cycling has really taken off over the last five years,” he said. “Along with the Manchester to Blackpool ride, the Manchester 100 forms a crucial part of our annual fundraising efforts for The Christie. Rider participation has been growing steadily over the years, and now across the two circuits we have over 3,000 people taking part. It’s great to see more people getting out on their bikes.”

Tour de Manchester According to Walsh at the NCC, the emergence of the Team GB cycling squad has coincided with a greater appetite for cycling – whether as a form of exercise or a means of transport. There are now numerous sportives and mass participation cycle rides available to all, and this has fostered a greater desire for the public to get on their bikes. One event that continues to attract cyclists in their thousands is Manchester’s annual 100-mile bike ride. Taking place towards the tail end of summer, the Manchester 100 is a great ‘century’ ride that starts and ends in Wythenshawe Park, taking in beautiful lanes and forests through a wide sweep of Cheshire. For those not willing to put themselves through the full 100 miles, an equally picturesque 100-kilometre route is also available.

All in all, it’s clear that 2014 is the year to get on your bike in Manchester. As Walsh explains: “The beauty of cycling is that its appeal is multi-faceted, so whether as a means of transport, exercise, competition or to enhance one’s social life, the sport has much to offer.” Manchester has some first-class cycle trails and BMX tracks, and it remains the perfect size for exploration on two wheels. And if that wasn’t enough, there is the small matter of the Tour de France, which starts in Leeds and passes through Rochdale in July. Indeed, for adrenaline junkies and spectators alike, the road beckons. TicketsforBritishCyclingeventsat NationalCyclingCentrecanbebookedvia



What’son: Sport BUPA Great Manchester Run

Gumball 3000

Across Greater Manchester 18 May 2014

Across Greater Manchester 8 June 2014

With40,000runners,theBupaGreatManchesterRunis Britain'spremier10kmrunningevent,attractingtensof thousandsofrunnersofallabilitiestakingpartasa personalchallengeortoraisemoneyforavarietyof goodcauses.TheweekendkicksoffwiththeGreat CityGamesonSaturday,17May;bringingtopclass athleticeventstothestreetsofDeansgateandAlbert Squareataspeciallyconstructedtrackandpopuparena. Eventsarefreetoviewwithnoticketsrequired. |@Great_Run

TheGumball3000isanannualBritish3,000-mile internationalmotorrallywhichtakesplaceonpublic roadsandhasgainedglobalrecognitionthroughpopular culturewitharoadtripadventure.Theofficialroutefor 2014isMiamitoIbiza,whichtakesplacefromthe4–11 June,seestherallytravelacrosstwocontinentsandfive countries,filledwithparties,concerts,checkpointsand VIPhospitality.Thisyear’seventbringstherallyto Manchesteron8June. | @gumball3000

Greater Manchester Cycle Ride Across Greater Manchester 29 June 2014 TheUK’slargesttimedcyclingeventreturnstothecity. The13-milecircuitbasedwithinManchesterandthe neighbouringboroughofTraffordstartsandfinishesat EtihadCampus,thehomeofManchesterCityFC.The routeincludeslandmarkssuchasOldTrafford,plusa stretchoftheiconicMancunianWay-asectionof motorwaynormallyoff-limitstocyclists.Participantscan choosefrom'AGreatDayOut'over13miles,'Rulethe Roads'over26miles,orformoreestablishedriders, 'BreakAwayfromthePack'over52miles. |@Great_Cycle



The British Transplant Games Bolton 7 – 10 August 2014 StagedannuallyindifferentcitiesaroundtheUK–with theaimofraisingawarenessoftheNHSOrganDonor Registerandpromotingthevalueoforgandonation– theBritishTransplantGamesarenotonlyacelebrationof life,butachanceforpeopleofallageswhohavehada transplanttocompeteinawiderangeofsporting activitiesandmostofall,havefun.Almost1,000 recipientsoflifesavingorgantransplantsaresettotake partin18sportsoverfourdays,includingamass participationDonorRunonSaturday,9August. | @whbtg

Investec Test Match England v India Emirates Old Trafford 7 – 11 August

Tour de France: Greater Manchester border Rochdale 6 July 2014 TheTourdeFranceiscomingtoGreaterManchester, Rochdaletobeprecise.AsGrandDépartcomestothe UKforthefirsttimesince2007,stagetwowillbringriders toLittleborough.TheriderswillpassthroughRochdaleat BlackstoneEdgeturningleftfromTurvinRoad(B6138) ontoRochdaleRoad(A58).The2014 tourwillincludethreestagesintheUK;stageonewill coverLeedstoHarrogate,whilestagetwowilltake theridersfromYorktoSheffield,withalittletripto Manchesterinthemiddleandthethirdstagewillbe fromCambridgetoLondon. | @LeTourYorkshire

India'stourofEnglandthissummer,whichwill encompassfiveInvestecTestMatches,willbethefirst timetheyhaveplayedafive-TestseriesinEnglandsince 1959.Thevisitingside’sfourthtestwillbeplayedatthe refurbishedEmiratesOldTraffordvenue,whichhosted TheAsheslastsummer. | @lancscricket

Super League Grand Final Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford 11 October ArecentcontractextensionwillseeRugbyLeague’s mostprizedtrophycontestedonceagainatitsspiritual home,theTheatreofDreamsinOldTraffordwherethe titledecidingGrandFinalhasbeenplayedeveryyear sinceitsintroductionin1998. | @SuperLeague

Ironman UK Bolton 20 July 2014 TheUK’spremierlongdistanceTriathlonreturnsto Boltonforthe6thtimein2014.Thecoursefeatures breath-takingviewsandaspectator-friendlycourse, includingalakeswiminPenningtonFlash,a112-mile bikeridethroughcountrysideandamarathonthrough BoltonwithaspectacularfinishinVictoriaSquarein frontofBoltontownhall. |@Ironman_UK




Andy McGarry AnambassadorfortheTransplantGames2014,Andyisa professionaltennisplayerandahearttransplantrecipient. The Transplant Games is probably not on the radar as much as it should be. We’realwaystryingtoputthe eventinthepubliceyebutformanyreasons,it’snot pickedupbyalotofpeople.Perhapsbecausemany havemisconceptionsaboutorgantransplantation.There areindeedalotofdownsidesbutoverallthebenefits completelyoutweighthenegatives. The Games are coming to Bolton, Greater Manchester in August 2014. Theypromote transplantationbyshowingthebenefitsofwhatcan beachievedpost-operation,inasportingcapacity. TheGameshavebeenstagedaroundvariouscities andtownseveryyearsincethelate1970s. There haven’t been many transplant events held locally of this magnitude andhopefullyitwillbea chanceforalotoftheregion’slocalorganrecipientslike myselftoparticipate.IfirstgotinvolvedintheTransplant Gamesin2005inLoughboroughandI'vebeentoevery onesince.It’simportantthattheGamesmovearound-a lotoftheparticipantswillbescaredaboutgoingtoofar awayfromhome.Thecomfortofbeingintheirown localityaftertransplantationisveryreassuring. No matter who you are, the chance to see people receiving a fresh start is awe-inspiring. Whenyou cometothegamestherealotofpeoplewhomight, forthefirsttimeintheirlife,bejumpinginaswimming poolforexample.Eveniftheyonlyswimone-lengthof thepool,youcanreallyappreciatewhatitmeansto them.Whenyouseechildrenracingalongthe100m track,knowingthatmaybejustayearbeforetheywere ondeath’sdoor,it’sencouragingtosaytheleast.Tosee theirfamiliesandfriends;thejoyonthefacesofallthe peopleinvolvedisjustareallypowerful,emotionalfeeling. I wasn't knowingly ill prior to having my transplant sointhatsense,myexperiencehasbeensomething quiterare.Ithappenedin2002andresultedfrom somethingknownasviraldilatedcardiomyopathy,which isbasicallywhereavirushasattackedthebody.

I woke up ten days after falling unconscious to find out I’d had a heart transplant. Thefirstfewmonthsare obviouslyverydifficultbecausethebodyistakinganew organonboardandrejectionisthefirstthingthatyou encounter.It’slikeavirusinacomputer;yourbodyis confused.ThedoctorshereinManchester–Iwastaken totheUniversityHospitalSouthManchester(UHSM)– havetreatedmeexceptionallywell. I’m from Merseyside but I have a strong affiliation with, and affection for Manchester. Andspeakingof which-Iappreciatetheongoingrivalrybetween LiverpoolandManchester.It’sahealthyoneinmany respects!I’vespentalotoftimewiththepeoplearound GreaterManchester,inthecityandaroundthesports clubs.It’safantasticcity.LikeLiverpool,it’sconstantly changingandactive,funandsafe. When it comes to sport, I’m naturally quite serious and competitive. WhichiswhyImadetheconscious decisionnottoplaytennisintheBritishTransplant Games.Formeit’sallabouttheenjoymentandIdon’t wanttodetractfromotherpeoplesfunthroughbeing knownasaprofessional.SoI’drathertrymyhandat somethingdifferentandseeifIcanwin.I’llbehavinga goatthecrowngreenbowling,lawnbowlsandgolfthis year.HopefullyI’llgetinvolvedinthedonorrunthisyear too.IttakesplaceacrossBoltonwithlotsofspectators, peopleinfancydress,allfunstuff. The care and attention that I’ve received at UHSM, from day one, has been unbelievable. I’vealways beenverycarefullylookedafterandtreatedreallywell; myfamilythesame.Attheendoftheday,thestaffhere havekeptmealivealloftheseyears.Eachtime,I appreciatecomingback-it’sachancetosaythanks,a gratitudething.They’vegotavestedinterestinmeand nowitsvice-versa.ThroughparticipatingintheGames, I’mshowingmygratitudebacktothehospitalandthe staffthatworkthere. |@WHBTG



What’son: expos and fairs Decorative Home and Salvage Show

MCM Manchester Comic Con

Tatton Park 14 – 15 June 2014

Manchester Central 19 – 20 July 2014

Ifyou’resalvagesavvy,passionateaboutthepast,orjust lookingforthatexquisitepiecetomakeastatement,the DecorativeHomeandSalvageShowistheshowforyou. Offeringunusualandbeautifulobjectsimbuedwith historyandcharacter,theDecorativeHomeandSalvage Showwillbringtogetheragroupofspeciallyselected exhibitorstoshowofftheirwaresinthestunning groundsofTattonPark. | @tatton_park

Afterlastyear’ssmashhitshowwitharecord attendanceofover19,300visitors,MCMManchester ComicConwillreturntoManchesterCentralin2014asa bigger,twodayshow.Withallthemagicofthefamous MCMLondonComicCon,theNorthWest’spremier festivalofpopularculturewillplayhosttoeverything fromthenewestgames,movieandsci-fispecialguests andtalentedartistsandwritersintheComicVillage,to thecolourfulcompetitionofthecosplaymasquerade. | @mcmexpo

International Festival for Business 2014 Liverpool and the North West June – July 2014 IFB2014isaglobalshowcaseofgreatBritishindustry, bringingtheworldofbusinesstoourclosestneighbours inLiverpool,itscityregionandthewiderNorthWestfor 50-daysinJuneandJuly.Comprisingupto200events, theFestivalwillofferconsiderableopportunitiesforsmall andmediumsizebusinessestomakeinternational connections,exchangenewideas,promotetheir products,createnewpartnershipsandseeknew sourcesoffinance.ThecityofManchesterisproudto supportthishighprofileevent. | @ifb2014




The Venue Expo EventCity 1 – 2 September 2014 TheVenueExpoisafreetoattend,businesstobusiness expoandamustattendforanyoneworkingwithinthe industryofmeetings,conferencesandevents.Thefirst eventofitskindintheNorthofEngland,TheVenueExpo andwillbringcountlessbusinessprofessionals,event organisersandanyonewithaninterestintheevents industryintooneplacetobrowse,uncoverandconnect. | @TheVenueExpo


Soccerex Football Festival

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

BT City Square, Etihad Stadium 6 – 7 September 2014

Spinningfields 9 – 14 October 2014

TheSoccerexfootballfestivalreturnshometo Manchesterandwilltakeplaceatoneofthecity’s mosticonicsportingvenues.Anextravaganzaof footballandentertainment,thetwo-dayeventwill includetournaments,coachingsessionsand workshopsandwillbefreetomembersofthepublic. | @soccerex

Recognisedasoneoftheleadingretaileventsfor contemporarycraftintheUK,attractingover6,000 visitors.TheGNCCFshowcasescuttingedge contemporarycrafttobuyfromover150selected designer-makersinceramics,glass,jewellery,interior andfashiontextiles,wood,paper,silver,metal,product design,print-makingandmore. |@GNCCF

Buy Art Fair Old Granada Studios 25 – 28 September 2014 TakingplaceattheiconicOldGranadaStudios,BuyArt Fairwelcomes70galleriesexhibitingtheworkofover 500artists.Withpricesfrom£50to£5,000+andpieces fromacrossallgenres,thereisapieceoforiginal, affordableartforeveryone.BuyArtFairisthelargest contemporaryartfairintheNorthandwelcomes8,000 visitors.Freeticketswillbeavailablelaterintheyear. | @BuyArtFair

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A Tour of Tameside Situated in the East of Greater Manchester, at the foot of the Pennines, Tameside is an ideal base to explore the grandeur and beauty of the Peak District countryside, whilst the recent arrival of the Metrolink easily connects visitors to the beating heart of the city. Laying claim to a rich and proud industrial heritage and taking its name from the river Tame, which courses through its valleys, Tameside as a region is now known is relatively young, created in 1974 as an amalgam of historic towns and villages which were formerly parts of Lancashire and Cheshire. In their day, towns such as Hyde, Dukinfield, Ashton and Stalybridge were industrial powerhouses built on coal, engineering and cotton. Denton was one of the world’s most famous hat-making centres. Beyond these old mills and factories there are vast swathes of picturesque countryside. Hyde has Werneth Low Country Park; Mossley hugs the border with Saddleworth; and Longdendale - the gateway to Derbyshire - comprises three villages including Mottram where the artist LS Lowry lived for many years.



Among the other famous sons and daughters of the borough are the toffee magnate John Mackintosh, Coronation Street’s ‘Norah Batty’ actress Kathy Staff, and Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson. Beatrix Potter regularly took holidays in Tameside; it was the site of the first “Gardener’s Question Time” (in 1947); and the place where Jack Judge wrote the famous First World War marching song “Tipperary”. It can claim to be home to Britain’s first chip shop and still has the pub with the longest name: The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn. When visiting, the best place to start any tour of Tameside is Ashton-under-Lyne. As the region’s biggest town and the site of a new Metrolink terminus - connecting it to the city centre and the rest of Greater Manchester – Ashton is the commercial heart of the borough.


Standing proud in central Ashton is its market which can trace its origins to medieval times. Ten years ago the market hall was gutted by a catastrophic fire which left only the exterior wall standing, but since reopening in 2008 it has displayed a renewed vitality, retaining all the bustle of its venerable predecessor and drawing in day-trippers keen to browse the stalls and have a chat with locals. Those who prefer to do their talking over coffee should pop across the market ground to Trifles, on Market Avenue. As you sip your latte, you can peruse pictures of the many cakes the business has supplied for Coronation Street’s wedding and birthday episodes. The early-Victorian town hall, which overlooks the market, is home to the Museum of the Manchester Regiment and was opened by the Queen Mother in 1987. The ‘Manchesters’ had their regimental depot in Ashton for more than 100 years and the stone gateway and perimeter wall to Ladysmith Barracks still stand on Mossley Road at the edge of town.

The museum gives a full history of the Manchesters whilst the extensive medal collection is used to tell the story of nearly 800 men that served in the Regiment, including 550 First World War Veterans medal groups. The First World War trench at the museum recreates the sights, sounds and smells of trench warfare minutes before the men ‘went-over-the-top’ on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. A re-creation of a 1950’s Barrack room scene will also bring back strong memories for any national serviceman of the post war years. Also in close proximity to the market is the parish church of St Michael and All Angels which can trace its history to 1281, although many experts believe it was mentioned in the Domesday Book. It is one of two grade I listed buildings in Tameside, the other being St Michael’s Church, Mottram, which sits upon a hilltop above the village and is visible for miles around.



Along with a rare, three-deck pulpit, Ashton Parish Church has some of the finest 15th century stained glass in the country, telling the story of St Helena. The church once stood next to Ashton Old Hall, home to Sir Ralph de Assheton, the legendary Black Knight who was reputed to rule his estates with great cruelty. Portland Basin Museum, which occupies a converted warehouse at a canal junction overlooking Dukinfield, chronicles Tameside’s history and offers a splendid family day out – so much so that it regularly features among Greater Manchester’s most popular attractions on TripAdvisor. In addition to its picturesque waterside setting - close to an old bridge which was built to cater for horse-drawn boats - it has an industrial gallery, a ‘Tales of Tameside’ exhibition, and a faithfully reproduced 1920’s street complete with grocer’s shop, chippy, terraced house, chapel, doctor’s surgery, school-room and pub. Occasionally it is possible to get some authentic old-style teaching in the schoolroom complete with chalk and slates. The museum’s ‘Nuts and Bolt’s’ play area, aimed at under-5’s is a great place for young families, while the changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities rewards those that venture back to the museum time and time again.

The cultural offer of Tameside’s award winning museum service does not stop there. Central Art Gallery in Ashton town centre boasts a changing exhibition programme of exciting regional works along with the Rutherford Gallery. Born in Denton in 1903, and based for much of his life in Hyde, Harry Rutherford has often been identified as one of the unsung heroes of the Lowry generation. The Rutherford Gallery celebrates many of his works as well as a reconstruction of his studio containing materials that he used. The three canals which stretch out from Portland Basin – the Huddersfield, the Peak Forest and the Ashton – offer pleasant walks and an insight into the borough’s place in the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Alongside the old factories and mills are newer developments such as the Droylsden Marina, as well as many peaceful places to simply sit and take in the view. Towering over Ashton on its border with Mossley, is Hartshead Pike which, like Werneth Low in neighbouring Hyde, offers stunning views. The hill has been used for signalling beacons since Roman times. The present tower was built in 1863 to mark the wedding of the future King Edward VII. Once a month, Ashton hosts a popular farmer’s market, as does nearby Stalybridge, which uses Armentieres Square on the banks of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. On nearby Corporation Street in Stalybridge, there is a plaque marking the buildings where Jack Judge wrote and performed “Long Way to Tipperary” in 1912. A statue outside the old market hall also commemorates the song. Two of Tameside’s more notable shops can be found in Stalybridge, both on Melbourne Street. Say Cheese offers a high-quality variety of cheese, cooked meats and coffees. Across the road, highly-regarded butcher JW Mettrick has recently opened an outlet. Mettrick’s sources most of its meat from within a 35-mile radius and has won countless awards including best pub sausage and best football pie. Take a walk to the railway station on Rassbottom Street and you’ll find the beloved buffet bar, a favourite haunt for real ale fans. It retains all of its 19th century charm and would not be out of place in a black and white classic such as ‘Brief Encounter’. The Q Inn, literally a stagger away, is another pub in the village that makes the Guinness Book of Records – this time for having the shortest name.




Stalybridge is at the heart of an annual event which merges two Tameside traditions. The Whit Friday band contests bring together brass bands – and every Tameside town boasts at least one – with the Whitsuntide festival when churches hold walks of witness to mark Pentecost. Many of them carry embroidered banners that date back to the early 20th Century.

Werneth Low, which stands above the town, capped by a war memorial, has some glorious countryside. It is accessed through the ancient village of Gee Cross where the tradition of well dressing has been revived in recent years. Dominating this community is Hyde Chapel, a huge cathedral-like structure built by the mill-owning Ashton family. It dwarfs the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, which is tucked away on Higham Lane.

The contests, which take place at venues across the borough, attract many of the country’s best known bands as well as local outfits including Stalybridge Old Band, the world’s oldest, formed in 1809. Curry fans will find much to tantalise their taste buds in Tameside. The Indian Ocean, Ashton, was voted best Indian restaurant in the North West by the British Curry Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and by the English Curry Awards in 2011. The town of Hyde, like Rusholme in Manchester, boasts its own curry half-mile on Market Street, with many of the restaurants and takeaways owned by members of the town’s Bangladeshi community.

A walk over the Low is worth the climb. What’s more you can reward yourself with a drink or something to eat at the Hare and Hounds, an inn which looks out towards Manchester. During the summer, take in a cricket match at Hyde Cricket Club’s pretty hilltop ground which has views over Compstall and Marple in Stockport. Refreshments, alcoholic and otherwise, are available in the pavilion. At the other end of Tameside, Mossley has many similarities but, as with all the towns, retains its own identity. It occupies three levels – Top Mossley, Bottom Mossley and Micklehurst – and once



straddled three counties with the West Riding of Yorkshire added to the usual Lancashire and Cheshire equation. Dotted with stone cottages, Mossley retains a village feel and has a very strong community spirit. A fundraising committee makes sure its walks of witness still take place on Whit Friday, rather than Whit Sunday as is common elsewhere. Children get a day off school, the whole town turns out and thousands line the streets. In late afternoon the band contests take over. A Chinese takeaway on Stamford Street, Top Mossley, occupies the same building where John Lees opened what many believe to be Britain’s first fish and chip shop in the 1860s. He moved there from a wooden hut which used to stand on the old market ground across the road. And if chips are on your agenda, there are lots of places to buy them in Tameside. The Church Street Chippy, Dukinfield, regularly ranks highly in surveys as does the Oxford Street Chippy, tucked away on a back street of Stalybridge town centre.




Tameside is blessed with lots of rugged countryside, offering plenty of scope for running, cycling, horse riding or just a walk in the fresh air. There is now an annual triathlon which is growing in popularity each time around. The borough’s parks – which range from ornamental to semi-wild – have taken on a new lease of life in recent times. Extensive refurbishment work means ten of them have green flag status. There is still plenty of scope for an old-style Sunday stroll complete with an ice cream and time on the swings. Nowadays, however, you are just as likely to see open-air drama or even a film. Over the last few summers, families have flocked to the parks to see adaptations of popular children’s stories. Last year, there was great interest in a screening of the 2012 version of ‘Les Miserables’. Tameside is hard to sum up in one paragraph. Don’t go there expecting one place because you’ll get nine or more. It stretches from the inner city to the Pennine hills. It is a single borough boasting many different facets. However, if character, history and hospitality are what you crave, Tameside is the place to find them.


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DiscoverSalford’sfascinatingheritageonlandorwater, exploringeverywherefromtheleafyWorsleyvillageto TheQuays,mixingmodernurbanlandscapesandmiles ofcountrysideandwaterways.Thisongoingand evolvingprogrammeisdeliveredthroughaseriesof regularguidedwalksandleisurelycruises. | @visitsalford

Abigdayoffun,artandentertainmenttostarttheBank Holidayweekend.Lookoutforbrilliantstreettheatre, musicanddanceacrossOldhamtowncentreandin GalleryOldham. | @OldhamCouncil

1940’s Weekend East Lancashire Railway, Bury 24 – 26 May 2014 Enjoytheglamourandthriftofabygoneeraasvillages alongtheIrwellValleyaretransformedintoaliving 1940’sperioddrama,withre-enactments,vehicle displays,singing,dancingandmuchmore.The centrepiecefortheeventisthe12-mileEast Lancashireheritagesteamrailway.Keepaneye outforvintageaircraftflyovers,whichcanbe viewedfromvantagepointsaroundtherailway. |@eastlancsrly

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Open Art Tameside Central Art Gallery, Ashton 10 July to 20 Sept 2014 Unlikeothereventsofitskind,TamesideOpenArt Exhibitionhasnoselectionproceduresoitprovidesthe idealopportunityforartistsofallabilitiestogettheir workdisplayedonthewallsofTamesideCentralArt Gallery.Theexhibitionoffersagreatchancetoseethe qualityofworkbeingproducedintheboroughbyartists bothprofessionalandamateur.Mostoftheworkwithin theexhibitionisforsaleatreasonableprices.

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Alice in Wonderland – The Musical Bramall Hall, Stockport 8 June 2014 BringapicnicandjoinAliceonthecroquetlawnat BramallHallforawonderfulafternoonofopenairtheatre forallthefamily.Logicisabandonedinthiswonderfully interactivetaleofchildhoodandimagination.AsAlice meetsWhiteRabbit,theMadHatterandtheMarch Hare.Filledwithcatchysongs,thislivelyandfunny performanceisbroughttolifeforfamilieswithmusic, dancingandahostofpranksthatappealtoboth childrenandadultsalike. |@SMBC_Museums

Bolton 22 – 25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday weekend) Afour-dayeventburstingwithcookingdemonstrations, specialitymarkets,livemusic,entertainmentandfamily fun.Lastyear’seventattractedover130,000visitorsand featuredcelebritychefsJamesMartin,MaryBerryand PaulHollywoodandAldoZilli. | @visitbolton

Horwich Festival of Racing and Carnival Horwich, Bolton 15 June 2014 Sinceitbeganin2002,HorwichFestivalofRacinghas growntobecomeoneofGreaterManchester’smost popularsportingevents.Thisyear’seventfeaturesBritish standardcyclingandrunningchampionships,Unicycle Championships,BalanceBikes&ScooterRacesfor childrenandtheHorwichCarnivalParade.

Wigan International Jazz Festival Robin Park, Wigan 10 – 13 July 2014 JoolsHollandandhisRhythmandBluesOrchestrawill openthisfour-dayextravaganzaonThursday10July. Thisisthe29thyearoftheWiganInternationalJazz Festival,whichpromisesamyriadofJazzperformersat RobinParkandsurroundingvenuesinWigan.




Rochdale Feelgood festival Rochdale Summer 2014 TheFeelgoodfestivalisafree,two-dayfoodandlive musiccelebrationwhichtakesplaceonRochdaleTown Hallsquareandattractsmorethan10,000people. PreviousperformershaveincludedTheFeeling,Fun Lovin’Criminals,MarthaReeves,TheLightningSeeds andBadlyDrawnBoy.Itreturnsthissummer–dates werejustbeingfinalisedasthisissuewenttopress. | @FeelGoodFest

Saints & Sinners Paintings from the John Benjamin Smith Collection Stockport Story Museum Until 26 October 2014 Thisexhibitionexploresvirtueandviceasdepictedinthe JohnBenjaminSmithCollection,giftedtoStockportin 1879.Iconicreligiousscenes,storiesofmartyrdomand vistasofclassicalruinsprovideaninterestingbackdrop tothestoryofthemanbehindthecollection.Smithwas anMPforStockportforover20yearsandoneofthe foundingfathersofStockport’sMuseums.Hecollected thesepaintingsduringhisgrandtourofItalyinthefirst halfofthe19thcentury. | @SMBC_Museums



Pedal power in the Peak District The Peak District, located within easy reach of Manchester, is set to be one of the best areas in the UK to get on your bike in 2014.


Milestone events such as the Italian-inspired L’Eroica Britannia vintage cycling showcase take place in June, whilst the Tour de France passes through the area in July. The good news is that you don’t have to be a super-fit athlete to join in the fun. Whatever your age or ability, there’s a route to suit – everything from traffic-free former railway routes to challenging, off-road upland trails. The Peak District already has its fair share of cycling champions. Peerless Paralympians Dame Sarah Storey, who won four Gold Medals and set a world record at London 2012, hails from Disley, while Anthony Kappes MBE, originally from Chapel-en-leFrith, was a double gold medallist in Beijing 2008 and struck gold again in the B Sprint tandem, also in London. So saddle up for the Peak District’s Summer of Cycling, whether you’re a beginner or expert. Have fun, get fit and enjoy the fresh air amid some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes.

Say ‘buongiorno’ to the first-ever L’Eroica Britannia Cyclists from across the UK and Europe will be in attendance at the first-ever L’Eroica Britannia – a three-day celebration of vintage cycling, fashion, local food and much more. The extravaganza takes place from 20 to 22 June 2014 and promises fun, fitness and a festival atmosphere for visitors of all ages. The Italian-inspired event – whose name literally means ‘the heroes’ – will be all about enjoyment – encouraging everyone taking part to exercise, look and feel good, feast on local produce and have a great time in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. Organisers were inspired by the original L’Eroica festival, centring on the tiny village of Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany, and founded in 1997, which epitomises retro style and glamour – with regular stops to sample local meats, cheese, olives and wine. In the Peak District the emphasis will be on local cheeses, pies, beer and wine to offer a uniquely English flavour. Award-winning Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell is brewing a special L’Eroica beer, marrying Peak District water with ingredients from Tuscany.




The main focus for the event will be Bakewell Showground, the starting and finishing point for three rides covering 30 miles, 50 miles and 100 miles. The Showground will host a celebration of cycling; vintage fashion and cars, local produce and music – and all villages en route will enter into the carnival spirit by holding mini-festivals of their own.

Bonjour Le Tour! With L’Eroica only just over, visitors will be able to see some of the world’s fastest cyclists in action when the world’s most famous bike race, the Tour de France, flashes through the northern tip of the Peak District National Park on July 6. Day two of Le Grand Départ will start in York. Competitors will pass through Holmfirth and Holme, tackling the challenging ascent of Holme Moss before descending to Woodhead. They will then ride through Langsett and Bradfield to finish in Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena. Keep any eye out for details of special events being planned by Derbyshire County Council and partners to celebrate its arrival – these will be revealed nearer the time.



Head for the hills For those who like to participate as well as spectate, there are nine circular routes on offer that have been developed to help you make the most of the Peak District’s varied and safe cycling. The routes put cyclists in touch with the best views, most picturesque villages, quiet lanes and former railway lines and cycle-friendly pubs and cafes en route. One of these routes – starting out on Anthony Kappes’ home patch of Chapel-en-le-Frith – is on the Manchester to Buxton railway line and takes in fabulous views from local landmarks such as Eccles Pike, Pym’s Chair and Windgather Rocks. It also includes the classic spa town of Buxton, with its fine fusion of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture incorporating a variety of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants and the picturesque village of Peak Forest. Further ahead, exciting plans are in the pipeline to put around 3.5 million people – including visitors to, and residents of, Greater Manchester – within even

easier reach of the Peak District’s cycle network. The second phase of the Pedal Peak District project, spearheaded by the Department of Transport in partnership with Derbyshire County Council and the Peak District National Park Authority, will mean the area’s routes can be reached by bike in less than an hour or following a short train ride. One of the four planned links – The White Peak Loop – will make cycling access much easier from Manchester. Two new sections will link the popular High Peak and Monsal Trails, one between Matlock and Bakewell and another between Buxton (from the terminus of the Manchester to Buxton rail line) and Hurdlow – offering cyclists a seamless route into the heart of the area. All four routes are expected to be open by 2015.

Off your bike If cycling isn’t your favourite hands-on or spectator sport, there’s much more to enjoy in the Peak District. It’s right at the heart of England – the ideal destination for an accessible and affordable holiday or short break. Here’s just a snapshot of what else it can offer, right on Manchester’s doorstep... Just an hour after setting off by train from Manchester Piccadilly, you can be in one of the area’s most elegant market towns, Buxton. Home to the internationally-renowned Buxton Festival (11 – 27 July) of live opera, music and literature, England’s leading spa town also hosts an annual Festival Fringe (9 – 27 July), featuring a wide variety of comedy,

music, drama, street entertainment and other events. You’ll also find a good range of shops, regular specialist fairs, cafes and restaurants and a Real Ale Trail, plus an Edwardian gem of a theatre, Buxton Opera House. If you’re a film or TV fan, you can trace the footsteps of your favourite actor or movie star or spot some five-star film locations in the Peak District. Visit Chatsworth, beautiful backdrop for Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Duchess (2008), both featuring Keira Knightley. More recently, the Duke of Devonshire’s ancestral home took centre stage in the BBC’s three-part adaptation of P D James’s murder mystery sequel to Jane Austen’s classic romance between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Death Comes to Pemberley, screened over Christmas 2013. Soak up the enchanting atmosphere of Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, once described as ‘the most perfect English house to survive from the Middle Ages’. No less than three versions of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel Jane Eyre (two films and one BBC TV series) were shot there. Closer to Manchester, and back on Pride and Prejudice territory, take the train from Manchester to Disley and Lyme Park, where you can see the famous exterior of the house that doubled as Mr. Darcy’s substantial country seat, Pemberley, in BBC TV’s 1995 adaptation of the novel. Spot the lake where Oscarwinning actor Colin Firth emerged, in dripping wet shirt and breeches, to impress Elizabeth Bennet ( Jennifer Ehle).





If you prefer grittier dramas, head for Hayfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Glossop or Edale, where BBC 1’s prime-time series The Village, was filmed. You will recognise Kinder Road and its shops as The Village’s eye-catching main street, where soldiers marched off to the First World War.

Unique events Nowhere else in the world can you watch unusual events such as the Castleton Garland Ceremony (May 29), the World Toe Wrestling Championships, near Ashbourne ( June 8), Flash Teapot Parade ( June 15) or the World Hen Racing Championships at Bonsall, near Matlock (August 2). Catch one while you’re here for a day out to remember! Another unusual custom unique to the Peak District is ‘Well Dressing’ – the centuries-old tradition of creating living art installations from petals and other natural materials. Scores of communities stage them between May and September, and add to the party atmosphere with carnivals, fetes, flower festivals and other special events.



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The last word From Clubs to Coders: Watching a City’s Evolution

Automation is transforming retail, professional services and finance. iTunes killed HMV because it was many orders of magnitude more efficient: HMV needed 200 times as many staff to generate comparable revenues, plus warehouses, logistics and expensive high street rents. Tube workers went on strike because machines replaced human ticket sellers. Half of all law firms with 10 partners or more, merged or acquired another firm in the last 12 months. The most financially successful of the large accountancy practices are growing profits, not revenues, by automating core functions and making redundancies. Banks? Well increasingly it’s a computer that says yes, or more likely, no. All of these industries have played a strong role in Manchester’s economy in recent years. Maintaining our growth means recognising their travails and looking for what’s next. And here, I am cautiously optimistic.

I’m a naturalised Mancunian. Next year I celebrate a decade living in the city, but I’ve been drawn here on a regular basis for 25 years. In the 90s it was the clubs (and yes, the girls that populated them). Back then the Northern Quarter was two bars and Afflecks Palace, not the vibrant jungle of cafés, coffee bars, bistros and boutiques it is now.

Chaos Theory

When I came to live here permanently, it was for the lifestyle. I’d done the London thing. I was in the privileged position of being able to work from pretty much any city in the UK. My wife wanted a good arts scene, in the pursuit of both career and culture. Manchester offered a compact package of everything we sought, plus houses that were twice the size and half the price. The same arguments have been bringing young professionals back to the North for years and will continue to do so in the future.

We are the second city in Europe for creative digital work, with only London ahead of us. We have digital infrastructure businesses like UKFast and Melbourne operating on a local, national and international scale. Major players like Virgin, Sky, Cisco and Fujitsu have a good footprint here. We have software start-ups like ResponseTap, CapsuleCRM and my own CANDDi, plus the up and coming output from TechHub. There’s science spinouts, bio-medical tech, and all that before we even talk about graphene.

It’s that future that most interests me now. I’ve made futurism my full time job. And with two young children, I have a very personal stake in the future of this city.

The challenge for Manchester in the future is to weave some of these threads together into a coherent whole. To connect them with the other industries where we remain very strong: health, and manufacturing, now entering its own technologydriven renaissance. As we begin to make new connections between all of the disparate activity that is already happening, we will fire new innovations and drive new growth.

Spirit of Progress Manchester has a strong history of entrepreneurship and innovation, and right now it needs to call up that spirit of progress. Because the world, and particularly the economy, is changing incredibly rapidly. The industries that have supported Manchester’s growth in recent years may not be so strong in five or 10 years time. They certainly won’t in 15 when my kids are looking for work.

Getting your head around all of the entrepreneurial activity going on in Manchester is hard, even if you just focus on technology. Manchester has a thriving tech community, but unlike Newcastle or Cambridge it lacks a coordinating force or common voice. It’s messy, organic and wild.

Manchester’s cycle of continuous evolution will go on.

TomCheesewrightisanappliedfuturistand founderofthe‘BookoftheFuture’.





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MCR 13  

Manchester City Region magazine

MCR 13  

Manchester City Region magazine