the city talking: manchester, a-z 2016 • sBack
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
The Koffee Pot
Our fave memory was when we finally opened over a month late! Lots of late nights but we made it.
2016 is all about the development of Oldham Street. Huge potential, beautiful buildings and amazing independent businesses — no chain! — and great people.
Artistic Director: Visual Art at HOME
I know, it sounds silly but my 2015 was dominated by opening HOME. However my favourite moment, complete with more than a touch of pathos, was The Storming, a two part demonstration-performance-party-club night over a Saturday last April that signified the end of Cornerhouse, led by artist Humberto Velez with music direction by Greg Thorpe. Or rather, its transition to a nicer new house. Anyway it ended up a steamy hedonistic dance off that united a fabulously diverse crowd and about 3am I ran screaming as my feet were killing from dancing so much.
In 2016, I’m looking forward to the summer — if its okay to pick a full season — last year I don’t really remember one. This year… traffic will be calmer, I’ve a good amount of holiday to take, the garden is looking great and (as one should be pre-spring) I’m optimistic about the weather. Possibly I’ll pop abroad for part of it, but it is best to do that in other seasons and instead enjoy sunny pub terraces and outdoor entertainment in the republic of Mancunia instead.
Originally published in The City Talking: Manchester, issue 03