The World in the City

TIME-OUT-MANC

January 10, 2013 in A WONDROUS SPACE, MANCHESTER, Wondrous Cities

Way back in 2007, during the Labour Party conference, Time Out published its first magazine guide for Manchester. For a Time Out devotee like me it was nothing short of thrilling to see our city’s listings rendered in that time-honoured typeface. The magazine was a one-off print run ahead of the full launch for Time Out Manchester scheduled for the following year. Here’s Time Out founder, Tony Elliott, talking about his grand plan for Manchester:

As you’ve probably realised by now, the funding never happened and the grand plan fell through, leaving the single issue as a sad (and possibly collectible) reminder that Manchester was perhaps not the global city you thought it was.

But I’m still in love with the idea of the global city. It’s a concept that takes Manchester out of potentially restricting contexts like the ‘North’, or alternatively puts something of the North of England on a global platform. Yes of course there are things that handicap the city when compared to places like Tokyo, Istanbul, New York and other Time Out cities (size, chain outlets allowed to run rampant, badly run and overpriced transport etc.) but culturally I believe we can hold our heads up with the best on the world stage.

So, for my last post (and thank you for having me!) here’s a whistle-stop cultural run-down of things to see and do just to prove that if you look for it, the world is right here in the city…

The Whitworth Gallery shows the work of Aisha Kalid from Lahore, Pakistan…

The Ritz puts on a gig by Kendrick Lamar from California…

Head to The Lowry to experience the Moscow State Circus …

Sankeys hosts DJ Laidback Luke from the Netherlands…

The Apollo, Ardwick hosts Sigur Ros from Reykjavík, Iceland…

The Palace Theatre stages Don Quixote by the Sofia National Ballet from Bulgaria…

Dreams Without Frontiers at Manchester City Art Gallery includes works by Kelley Walker from the USA and Cyprien Gaillard from France…

“The story and the mythologies of Manchester’s music are now part of a much bigger world of ideas and artistic activity.” Dave Haslam, 2012

 

Thanks for reading! The next guest blogger will be Sid Fletcher from Sheffield, author of the Tower Block Metal blog.

Hi Sid, tell us about some of the most thrilling or awe inspiring or mysterious locations in your home town or city…?

Bye!

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Greg Thorpe

Greg was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man and grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire. He has lived in Manchester since 1996. He works in publishing by day and the rest of the time is a fiction writer, DJ, club promoter and blogger (http://manhattanchester.blogspot.co.uk). He is currently writing a comic novel about Shakespearean culture as part of an MA in Novel Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University (http://theshakespearegirlnovel.tumblr.com). He currently lives in a flat with round windows in a converted warehouse, halfway between The Cornerhouse and Canal Street.