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.
Dave will be joined by Expert panelists, Fiona Gasper, Executive Director, Manchester International Festival, Sheeren Perera, Director and Music Curator, Video Jam and  Beth KnowlesCouncillor, Manchester City Council

It will be chaired by Discuss Founder, Michael Taylor.

Author and DJ Dave Haslam has a love of Manchester and all it has achieved culturally. Dave has DJ’ed over 450 times at the Haçienda nightclub in Manchester, has written for the New Musical Express, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, and The Times. 

He has written four books which include ‘Manchester England’, a groundbreaking study of Manchester’s radical and musical history which was declared in 2003 one of the ten books that best represent England. In his latest book, Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues he articulates how nightclubs and music venues can change lives, define a town, and breed scenes and bands that make music history. 


Venue: Manchester Library

Date: 14th July 2016

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)



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