Manchester City Council asks for multi-million pound package to re-think culture

Render of foyer at the Factory, the cultural venue centrepiece of St John's Manchester development (OMA for developers Allied London and Manchester City Council)

Manchester City Council has written an open letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak asking for an immediate life-line of £71.8 million to help the city repair, restart and rethink cultural life as the sector emerges from lockdown.

The figure has been calculated following discussion with cultural organisations in the city to develop a future stimulus plan as well as one of stabilsation. It represents the amount needed over the next two years both to kick start a return to 'normal' business for some organisations and for others sums needed to help create and innovate a new kind of normal for the future.

Whilst the announcement at the weekend of a £1.5 billion rescue package for culture and the arts was welcomed, city leaders want to ensure that - as the second most visited city in England after London - Manchester gets the amount of funding it needs to