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The Nature of Cities: Building a Resilient Greater Manchester through Culture & Education

  • The Portico Library 57 Mosley Street Manchester, England, M2 3HY United Kingdom (map)

Nov 9, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Portico Library and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority welcome you to an event looking at nature, resilience and young people, and how culture can be used to address some of the most pressing problems we face as a city-region.

This event will be a chance for members of the public to engage with academics, practitioners, policy makers and cultural representatives on issues of resilience, ecology and the role of the arts in a changing climate and will be opened by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the Greater Manchester Chief Resilience Officer, Dr Kathy Oldham.

In addition, two local school groups will present the outcomes of workshops conducted with local artist Oliver East using the power of image and text to explore themes of nature, urban life, and resilience.

This will be followed by a panel discussion including representatives from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Royal Exchange Theatre, the University of Manchester and the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester, and North Merseyside.

This event forms part of a programme of activity leading to the development of a Greater Manchester Resilience Strategy in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

In addition this event forms part of The Portico Library's 2018 Zochonis Charitable Trust funded Ecology & Environment project, encouraging children and young people to develop a 'literacy of nature' and to contribute to sustainable initiatives in the North West. This year, for the first time, the Library has achieved Charitable Status and has been awarded a Resilient Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand its public benefit work. On 1st January, new Librarian and Chief Executive Dr Thom Keep succeeded previous Librarian Emma Marigliano, and has continued to develop the Library's role as a central venue for Manchester UNESCO City of Literature.

This event is now fully booked, but you can join the waiting list for places at