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the city talking: manchester, a-z 2016 • m

the city talking: manchester, a-z 2016 • m

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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.

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Mariel Osborn
Freelance prop maker and prop stylist/Covet Interiors

-2015-

I started my independent homewares brand in late 2014, so 2015 was quite a whirlwind — a steep learning curve, and a lot of markets which I really enjoyed, especially the Islington Mill Christmas market. I also had a little trip to Porto last year, which is SUCH a beautiful and old city. I really recommend it for the architecture, the food, the port and the SUNSHINE! Such a lovely place. 2015 was mainly a year of working hard and also spending time in the countryside, both of which I love.

-2016-

Personally, I just moved into a new studio at Islington Mill with a whole bunch of AMAZING people (Aliyah Hussain, Caroline Dowsett, DR.ME, Steve Hockett, himHallows, Dan Russell, Rob Bailey, Textbook Studio, Manchester Custom Framing and Studio Up) so I am really excited about all of the wonderful collaborations that will happen now that we are all in the same building together!

As for the rest of Manchester, I’m looking forward to Manchester After Hours — the official events and also the fringe events have been so good over the last few years that I’m looking forward to seeing what happens this year. An evening of great events in unusual night time spaces! I’m getting involved with the Photo Booth Convention at Fred Aldous which is going to be really fun!

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Mark Fletcher
CEO, Manchester Pride

-2015-

2015 was quite an eventful year and it was filled with many great memories. So as to maintain a healthy, long-lasting relationship with my betrothed, I’d have to say that getting engaged in the City of Love was the standout memory for me. Second up was the overwhelming audience attendance at The Manchester Pride Parade. The sight of tens of thousands of people from all walks of life coming out to celebrate and support the LGBT communities of Greater Manchester was breathtaking and a true career rewarding moment.

-2016-

Manchester is a really exciting place to be right now. The footprint of the city centre is expanding and it’s fascinating to see the way that the infrastructure is being redesigned to accommodate this. What I’m most looking forward to this year is watching the progress of the new developments on the outskirts of Manchester’s Gay Village. The Urban & Civic site and the Kampus development will bring a new dimension and focus to this part of the city centre and will enhance the aesthetics of the area for our visitors attending The Manchester Pride Festival.

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Originally published in The City Talking: Manchester, issue 03


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