the city talking: manchester, a-z 2016 • eBack
The City Talking
This is our first A-Z issue in Manchester; it’s a chance to fill our pages with as many stories, hopes, dreams and memories as we can. Every year we speak to friends, acquaintances and strangers who we hope will become friends.
The A-Z issue always begins with a question, and this year in Manchester there were two. We wanted to know what people in Manchester had enjoyed this past year — the events, individuals and moments that made their 2015 great. We also wanted to know what they were excited about — what 2016 had promised them. We asked everyone from baristas, writers and artists to CEOs and leaders of the city’s tech community. We hope to ask even more of you next year.
Eddy & Ryan
Either the news that we were going to publish our first book, called Cut That Out, with Thames & Hudson — which in case you were wondering is out September this year available in all good book shops, and some bad ones. Or heading over to Hyéres in the south of France to go to the great Midi festival, who we create poster art for.
We’ve just moved into a large three storey studio called The Engine House at Islington Mill along with a host of other great creatives, so mainly collaborating, breaking bread and having a fine time — oh, and Sounds from the Other City in May! Technically these things are all in Salford but that counts right?
Senior Media & Communications Manager at HOME
When HOME (an amazing new-ish arts venue merged from Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company) opened in May last year with a bang. During the opening weekend over 28,000 people came to visit and celebrate the new space. There was an amazing festival atmosphere, fantastic food, marvellous music and of course an incredible line-up of theatre, visual art and film. In terms of entertainment,
I particularly remember Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, who absolutely brought the place down. They form a traditional New Orleans band, but expand their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda and nineties club culture. The band moved throughout the building while playing some cracking tunes, and everyone was up on their feet having a great time.
It was one of those perfect moments.
There are so many fantastic things happening in Manchester this year, and so much to choose from. If I had to pick a highlight, it would have to be the Manchester Jazz Festival which looks to be a real treat. It’s mostly free and features ten days of contemporary jazz from all over the world, with national premieres of original work and international debuts.
Originally published in The City Talking: Manchester, issue 03