Arts

Scratch the surface of this city and you’ll find culture running beneath, a molten river of creativity that flows through Manchester and turns everything that you see or do here into something memorable. Its galleries are among the best in Britain, underpinned by unrivalled Victorian collections of painting, sculpture and even wallpaper. Its museums contain objects that range from fragments of the New Testament to Egyptian mummies. But if you think this is all about “old” art and culture, think again. The Whitworth and Manchester galleries stage exhibitions by some of the world’s brightest contemporary art stars, while emerging art is showcased at Cornerhouse and Castlefield Gallery. Central Library is about to unveil a 21st century face, The Royal Exchange and The Lowry stage newly-penned plays and, all around, are festivals and performances – including the incredible, biennial Manchester International Festival – that you won’t see anywhere else. These are tomorrow’s masterpieces, staged in Manchester today.