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and now Blue Monday

Went to talk to that lovely Allan Beswick on Radio Manchester's breakfast show, the subject the third Manchester International Festival, which sadly drew to a close yesterday.

There will be an interim report at next week's Executive on the festival's outcomes but I can already confidently declare it a success. Ticket sales massively up on two years ago, recession not withstanding, but also a third of the events free. Massive media coverage, not only in this country, but across the world. The Arts world flocking to Manchester but at the sametime hundreds of ordinary Mancunions involved as participants, as volunteers as well as spectators. The festival taken out to community -based locations including a church, a mosque, a synagogue, a hindu and a sikh temple. Co-commissioning with organisations outside Manchester added £2.5m to the budget and means a number of MIF shows will be appearing all over the world. Lots of critical acclaim not least for the concept of the festival itself, and for most of the two and a half weeks people could enjoy chilling out in Festival Square. The full economic impact statement will follow but in the meantime a very big well done to festival director Alex Poots and all the festival team.

Then up to the Etihad Stadium, this time for the launch of Manchester City's pre-planning consultation on their proposed new training complex on the site of the former Clayton Aniline chemical works. Noticed that the report in the MEN drew the usual baa yoo sucks comments from Blues and Reds, but hopefully this blog can be a bit more grown up. Whatever your football allegiance, fact is that this is very good news for the city, and for East Manchester in particular. I'm afraid the day wasn't all good news though as had to spend some time grappling with a few knotty budget problems, but we haven't done bad over the last couple of weeks.

There are 4 responses to “and now Blue Monday”

  1. franky Says:

    I have to say manchester has done well this summer: party in the park, follwed by manchester day, and the MIF. No reason to be blue at all.

  2. Jo Says:

    I am glad they are finally planning on doing something on the derlict land that was Clayton Aniline, I agree it is very good news for our city.

  3. REDSTEVE57 Says:

    I think my allegiance is fairly obvious from my user name; however, I would like to congratulate the people involved in bringing this huge investment into a socially deprived inner city area. This will be of great benefit to locally unemployed construction workers and to local people post construction. Well done.

  4. red Says:

    I am a red, but welcome the news. I never need visit the horrible place but I welcome the investment and all the money it will bring in.
    Also a Peugeot on the Library - strnage but no doubt a money grabber?



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