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The next step of an innovative and exciting programme of events at Manchester’s libraries are secured.

£80,000 of funding from Arts Council England, matched by Manchester City Council, Manchester Central Library Development Trust, Granada Foundation and the Oglesby Charitable Trust, has been made available for the ‘Library Live’ programme.

Following two successful iterations of Library Live, the third outing will once again bring high-quality cultural activities to eight locations throughout Manchester.

The council is committed to making sure the arts and culture scene in Manchester thrives, inspires the next generation and reflects the diverse makeup of our city.

Over the past 18 months, three large-scale projects have been commissioned and delivered through Library Live 2, reaching thousands of people from across the city.

‘Illuminate’ run by Company Chameleon performed to capacity crowds of more than 1,000 people. ‘This Vibrant Thing’ transformed three branch libraries with live music, again drawing crowds of over 1,000. And, ‘The Ministry of Lost and Found’ formed the lead up to a larger family creative adventure event at Central Library, which was attended by approximately 3,000.

Alongside our partners, we hope to develop new works, created by a range of artists to engage with children and families, provide opportunities to female musicians through a series of workshops and open mic events, and develop stronger ties to the Manchester International Festival to promote residencies and workshops which celebrate multiculturalism.

Manchester City Council Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Luthfur Rahman, said: “To say we are pleased to have secured this generous grant from Arts Council England is an understatement. Since the Manchester Central Library relaunched in 2014, the range and quality of our programming have gone from strength to strength and I am confident this will continue for years to come through Library Live.

“We want our libraries to be places that engage, inspire and entertain and through this funding that ambition will become a reality.”

Stephen Sorrell, chair of the Manchester Central Library Development Trust, said: “We are delighted to be funding the widening of participation in arts and culture across Manchester Libraries and are grateful to the Granada Foundation and Oglesby Charitable Trust, and of course Arts Council England for their support.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: “Library Live has had a significant impact across Manchester and enabled people from all parts of the community to experience some great cultural activities in their local library. Libraries play a vital role in people’s lives in Manchester, and we’re excited to be investing in them alongside our friends at Manchester City Council.”

The full programme of Library Live events are going to be released in 2019, to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Manchester Central Library’s relaunch.
Performance and engagement locations:
Longsight
Harpurhey North City
Wythenshawe Forum
Newton Heath
Avenue and Abraham Moss Libraries
Beswick and Miles Platting Libraries
Hulme Library
Manchester Central Library
The £80,000 grant was made through the Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grant programme.
Arts Council England champions develop and invest in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. ACE supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspire us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

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