Manchester City Council is turning to residents for feedback to make sure culture is at the heart of the English city over the next 10 years.
The council has begun reaching out to local people through the ‘It All Starts With A Spark’ campaign, as well as creative, arts and cultural organisations, to help guide and design a new cultural plan. The move is to discern what really inspires people, rather than simply adding more to the city’s already vibrant creative movement.
This could incorporate art and performance such as music, galleries and museums, as well as more hands-on arts and craft opportunities.
The council highlighted the recently opened Aviva Studios, home of Factory International – which runs the popular Manchester International Festival – as a ‘spark’ for the conversation around the city’s cultural future. The consultation will remain open until November 30.
“Manchester has a global reputation for arts and culture, bolstered in no small part by the opening of Aviva Studios recently,” said Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council. “We are renowned for our nightlife, music and museums and we want to make sure that culture is an integral part of our communities over the next 10 years.
“We know Manchester people are brimming with ideas and your contributions to the ‘It All Starts With A Spark’ conversation will make a real impact on what will be available to see, hear and do over the next decade. This conversation involves everyone – your ideas could be big, they might be small. But they will all help guide culture in our city. We look forward to hearing what you think.”