Arts Council funding secured for Manchester Libraries

The next stage of an innovative and exciting programme of events at Manchester’s libraries has been secured.

£80,000 of funding from Arts Council England, matched by Manchester City Council, Manchester Central Library Development Trust, Granada Foundation and the Oglesby Charitable Trust, has been made available for the ‘Library Live’ programme.

Following two successful iterations of Library Live the third outing will once again bring high quality cultural activities to eight locations throughout Manchester.

The council is committed to making sure the arts and culture scene in Manchester thrives, inspires the next generation and reflects the diverse make up of our city.

Over the past 18 months three large scale projects have been commissioned and delivered through Library Live 2, reaching thousands of people from across the city.

‘Illuminate’ run by Company Chameleon performed to capacity crowds of more than 1,000 people. ‘This Vibrant Thing’ transformed three branch libraries with live music, again drawing crowds of over 1,000. And, ‘The Ministry of Lost and Found’ formed the lead up to a larger family creative adventure event at Central Library, which was attended by approximately 3,000.

Alongside our partners we hope to develop new works, created by a range of artists to engage with children and families, provide opportunities to female musicians through a series of workshops and open mic events, and develop stronger ties to the Manchester International Festival to promote residencies and workshops which celebrate multiculturalism.

Manchester City Council Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Luthfur Rahman, said: “We want our libraries to be places that engage, inspire and entertain and through this funding that ambition will become a reality.”

Stephen Sorrell, chair of the Manchester Central Library Development Trust, said: “We are delighted to be funding the widening of participation in arts and culture across Manchester Libraries and are grateful to the Granada Foundation and Oglesby Charitable Trust, and of course Arts Council England for their support.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “Library Live has had a significant impact across Manchester and enabled people from all parts of the community to experience some great cultural activities in their local library. Libraries play a vital role in people’s lives in Manchester and we’re excited to be investing in them alongside our friends at Manchester City Council.”

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