I must say, Manchester is a smashing place. I used to come here a lot as a teenager but in just a decade (plus a bit) it has moved on faster than I have.
Last night’s Eurocities awards ceremony was in the Bridgewater Hall. A theatre, which although 10 years old, still looks and feels fantastic.
Today, Cllr Barbara Janke, Terry and I have been at the International Conference Centre for day 2 of Eurocities. There were some very inspiring presentations about the link between knowledge and digital cities, sustainability and social inclusion. Barbara gave a speech on Science cities at ‘the Mayor’s and Leader’s only’ session.
Terry arranged a visit to the Manchester Arena over lunch where we met the Manager and watched the crew setting up for Christine Agelera (spelling?). They have sold 15,000 tickets – not bad for a Thursday evening and Cliff has pretty much sold out for the next 3 nights??!.
Terry arranged the visit as Bristol is still working on its arena plans. The most amazing thing was just how mixed use appeared to take place, from Pavorotti to Bob the Builder – ice skating to river dance – a very inspiring mix.
Gala dinner at Town Hall tonight – Must not get drunk… Must not…
Connecting Bristol Lead
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Connecting Bristol is the city’s response to the Digital Challenge.