Festival of Libraries at Manchester Central Library

Festival of Libraries
Manchester Central Library
14th June 2022 – 19th June 2022

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An image of John Rylands, one of the venues from this year's Festival of Libraries
Festival of Libraries

The Festival of Libraries will be a five-day celebration of Greater Manchester’s libraries taking place between 15 and 19 June 2022. This multi-venue festival will highlight and celebrate the extraordinary stories and everyday creativity that happens when people use our libraries. The Festival features a vibrant programme of artist residencies, films, dance, performance, panel talks, book hunts and walking tours, supported by a grant from Arts Council England alongside contributions from individual libraries and from Manchester City of Literature. In total there will be over 80 events across the 133 libraries of Greater Manchester including health, academic, specialist, independent and public libraries.

The inaugural Libraries Festival has a few main aims, including celebrating people: the librarians who run the spaces, the users who make use of the services and the extraordinary stories that emerge from the everyday use of libraries. The plan is for the Festival of Libraries to grow into an annual celebration and to become a major event of local engagement and international profile. Sounds good to us!

The festival is a Greater Manchester wide event with partners from the Oxford Road Corridor including Central Library, Manchester Poetry Library, the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Part of this season

families Inspired by Libraries with Jackie Kay and Abigail Reynolds
Manchester Poetry Library | 15 June 2022

Join poet Jackie Kay CBE and Artist Abigail Reynolds in conversation on the importance of libraries, hosted by Manchester Poetry Library.

Part of Festival of Libraries

families Inspired by Libraries with Lemn Sissay
Manchester Central Library | 16 June 2022

Join Poet Lemn Sissay for an exciting talk on how libraries have inspired him in his life, taking place at Manchester Central Library as part of the Festival of Libraries.

Part of Festival of Libraries

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