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An A to Z-arts approach to culture in the city

The Alternative? Laura Ager profiles Z-arts in Hulme and reflects on grassroots culture in the city.

Hulme Community Garden Centre

Rachel Summerscales, the Centre Manager of Hulme Community Garden Centre, tells Alex Wharton about working with nature and balancing books in an interview for the GMLIP Realising the Potential of Community Hubs project.

‘Powering Up North’: changing our communities’ energy future

The ‘Powering Up North’ Community Energy Conference for the public sector and community energy groups took place on Thursday 26th February 2015 in Manchester.

Festival celebrates Manchester square's radical past & future

This weekend Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter was transformed from a concrete traffic interchange to vibrant hub of creative activity with green public spaces and a rooftop garden.

Making Contact: arts and sustainability

Speaking in Manchester this week, cultural and environmental experts discussed the steps being taken by cultural organisations to cut their carbon emissions, as well as the potential held by The Arts to influence behaviour in this sector.

They’re not making a MESS of climate change in Marple

Platform reports on a roundtable in Marple where local people and activists got to share their views and concerns with Labour’s lead on climate change.

The Rooftop Project: finding space to be Curious-in-Action in Manchester

On 28th March, a mass-collaborative, co-designed community rooftop project launches in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and for the first time is made accessible to the public for The Ladies’ Room radical history event #RooftopProject.

Supporting good ideas for Manchester – #MakeMCR

#MakeMCR is a crowd-funding initiative that aims to create better places and spaces around Manchester by offering help and support to raise funds for projects.

Ian McMillan

Local artists create world's first Northern opera

Clare Wiley sees a sneak preview of the world's first Northern Opera, 'The Arsonists'.

Indian senior citizens centre

Chhaya Kanani, the Centre Manager of the Indian Senior Citizens Centre, tells Alex Wharton about reducing loneliness and isolation and the effect of cuts in local authority funding.

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