Event forms part of Get Creative – major celebration of the nation’s arts, culture and creativity

The Royal Exchange Theatre is to stage a discussion about the value of arts, culture and creativity in Greater Manchester.

The event, dubbed Creativity Counts, will explore the value of creative and cultural experiences to the region and asks what we can do to make sure everyone can take part and have access.

Chairing the event, BBC Radio Manchester broadcaster Allan Beswick, will call upon a panel including Jon Lord OBE (Chief Executive of Bolton at Home, a registered charity providing social housing), John Kampfner (Chief Executive of Creative Industries, a national membership organisation for the public arts, cultural education and creative industries), Sally MacDonald (Director of Manchester Museum of Science) and Kemoy Walker (Community Guardian and champion for Moss Side as well as a City Council Ambassador and Manchester Young Advisor).

The event comes at a significant time for the arts in Manchester, which is seeing massive investment and development, with the refurbishment of the Whitworth Art Gallery, re-development and re-opening of Central Library, refurbishment of the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall and the forthcoming opening of Home this April (the merger of the Library Theatre and Cornerhouse).

Creativity Counts forms a part of the national Get Creative campaign.  Led by the BBC and What Next?, Get Creative invites everyone to get involved and share their creative talents and has been launched today with a week of debates and activity across the BBC and around the UK and will run for a year, culminating in a celebratory weekend over 20th and 21st February 2016.


Creativity Counts takes place at The Royal Exchange Theatre on Tuesday 24th February 2015, 4pm – 5pm.  Tickets are free, but booking required through the Royal Exchange Box Office or Royal Exchange Website.

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Royal Exchange Theatre.  image credit University of Salford Press Office/flickr under creative commons licence.