MU­SIC, ART AND CUL­TURE

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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

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