A debate about Manchester's arts and culture, past, present and future
The motion was carried

The theme of our event was:

Author and DJ Dave Haslam has a love of Manchester and all it has achieved culturally. He works with and has always celebrated the likes of Manchester International Festival, and the Whitworth Art Gallery. But in a provocative essay last year he argued that we are currently unbalanced – and in danger of focussing money and marketing on high profile cultural institutions at the expense of nurturing local, maverick, creative talent.

At this event, presented by Discuss, and in association with the Greater Manchester Fringe, Dave will revisit the themes of the essay and face challenges and arguments from a range of other speakers with a view on, and role in, Greater Manchester arts & culture.

This event is part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival 2016


  • Location: Manchester Library
  • Date: 14th Jul 2016
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

For the motion

Dave Haslam

DJ, Journalist and Author

Against the motion

Fiona Gasper

Executive Director, Manchester International Festival

Shereen Perera

Director and Music Curator, Video Jam

Beth Knowles

Councillor, Manchester City Council

In the chair

Michael Taylor

Founder of Discuss @MarpleLeaf