Find out more about spoken word, the live performance of poetry or prose, which has a rich history within the Manchester region.
Manchester arts tour
Manchester may be more commonly known as home to one of the world's most famous football teams, but its reputation as a global hub for groundbreaking arts and culture is growing fast. This lively city in the north west of England has become an international flagship for British music and creativity, and a national centre for the UK's recent boom in spoken word and live literature. Manchester’s The Hallé is one of Europe’s most admired and forward-thinking orchestras, while Manchester International Festival has established itself as a major player on the global festival circuit.
As part of a UK-wide cultural programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Manchester Art Gallery hosted a showcase of Manchester’s brightest upcoming creatives.
Manchester is known as a leading hub for British contemporary music, but the city is also home to one of Europe’s most admired orchestras.
The Bruntwood Prize, run by the Royal Exchange Theatre in partnership with the property company Bruntwood, aims to promote and support playwrights across the country.
Last year, the Royal Exchange, one of Manchester's leading new writing theatres, hosted B!RTH, a festival dedicated to exploring global issues and questions around female healthcare.
HOME Manchester is a major arts centre in the north west, providing Manchester and the surrounding region with a new international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film.
As one of Manchester’s oldest and most treasured music venues, Band on the Wall is a musical gem of the north.
Writer Anthony Burgess lends his name to a literary venue in Manchester that considers the author’s legacy as well as presenting new work by writers, artists and musicians.
Launched in 2007, the biennial Manchester International Festival is held at venues across the city, providing a dazzling showcase of creativity from around the world.
Tucked away on a quiet street near the border between Manchester city centre and the neighbouring town of Salford, Islington Mill is a creative space, arts hub and community like no other.