MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE
Culture lovers will find much to do in this city. Owing to its diverse, multi-cultural demographic, the city has witnessed a massive arts and culture revolution in recent times. The Manchester Art Gallery is best enjoyed over a few hours, and features a host of international artists. The Whitworth Art Gallery boasts a staggering 60,000 pieces of art in its collection, while the Manchester Museum is definitely worth a visit to enjoy artefacts and installations, both old and new.
Another important element of Manchester’s DNA is music. It is considered as one of Europe's music capitals, after all, is home to some of the world’s most popular artists. It was here, in 1991, that Oasis was formed. At around the same time, five boys came together in Manchester to form Take That. More recently,
The Verve also owes its origins to Manchester. Synonymous with the Manchester music scene is the gargantuan Manchester Arena, which, since its opening in 1995, has seen performances by the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2 and The
Rolling Stones. Upcoming concerts include Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Cirque du Soleil.
Beyond the Manchester Arena, the city is abuzz with music concerts and festivals throughout the year. The Manchester Folk Festival in October, or Manchester’s first Silent Mosh (silent disco) in September or the self explanatory UK Drum Show in September as well, are just a few of the most awaited options.
Classical music fans from across the globe flock to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, where the legendary BBC Philharmonic conducts its annual season performances. If you’re around Manchester in October, book tickets for their showcase of Mozart and Wagner, as well as Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.
Before planning your trip to Manchester, it is always a good idea to look up the city’s listings to see what’s on, and hopefully you will be able to catch a gig, during your trip.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Manchester Art Gallery; Manchester United's football stadium Old Trafford; The Bridgewater Hall;The John Rylands Library and a concert at Manchester Arena