Manchester City Council

Good News

There is some good news but I'll finish with that. I'll start with yesterday's Executive Committee, the first of this municipal year, with as always all the reports available on the Council's website as well as a recording of the livestream.

A number of significant reports today including one on progress on recovery following the May 22nd atrocity at the Arena ( this will be marked more formally at Full Council in two weeks ), one on the action taken by the Council and the Fire Service since the horrific Grenfell fire to ensure the safety of all of our high-rise blocks, and, on a more positive note, one setting out proposals for further growth at the Sharp Project and One Central Park.
The 6th Manchester International Festival opens tonight with a free show at 6.30pm in Piccadilly Gardens, " What is the city but the people ", curated by Jeremy Deller and starring the people of Manchester. Those of you who remember his "Procession" a couple of festivals ago will know that this could be really special. The rest of the Festival programme looks equally exciting with lots of free stuff and of course the opportunity to enjoy Manchester's summer sun in Albert Square's Festival Village.
The good news came on Tuesday and from the Arts Council for England when they announced their national portfolio organisation grants programme for the next four years. This showed a 90% increase in grants to Greater Manchester including £9m for the Factory but also with Z-Arts based in Hulme, the Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham, and the People's History Museum all being added to the portfolio.I won't repeat the arguments about the importance of culture to the city but it is both economically and socially vital and its fantastic to see this recognition of just how good art and culture is here. 

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