After the industrial revolution, Manchester economy greatly depended on textile industry, in particularly on cotton spinning. The city became the focal point of textile trade and the center of cotton industry. During the Victorian era, it was also known as Cottonpolis. Today, the Greater Manchester area is regarded as one of the most industrially developed urban areas across the globe. Excellent infrastructure has supported the growth of trade and industry in Manchester.
Manchester Art Gallery is one of the most significant venue in the city that reflects the true essence of art, culture and entertainment in Manchester. This gallery houses the country's finest collection of art. The Lowry is another museum in Manchester exhibiting paintings of J.S. Lowry's paintings as well as the new and contemporary works of young artists.
The various cultural attractions of Manchester are The Castlefield Gallery, The Chinese Arts Centre, Cube Gallery, Manchester Jewish Museum, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The Athenaeum, Museum of Science and Industry and Cornerhouse.
The popular entertainment venues of Manchester are Manchester International Conference Center, The MEN Arena, Manchester Central, Manchester Apollo and Manchester Academy.
The Romans had a great influence on the city's architecture. Fine buildings belonging to the Roman era can still be found in this city. Architecture of Manchester is a witness to the growth and development of the city from the old Victorian era to the modern 19th century. The grand cathedrals and the churches are the replica of typical Roman or Victorian architecture. Since Manchester was the first city to experience Industrial Revolution, the huge warehouse buildings, offices and libraries were constructed during that period.
Manchester Town Hall is one of the biggest monuments, which is located in Albert Square. It stands as the greatest example of the Neo Gothic style of architecture.
The city of Manchester boasts of some of huge shopping malls.Manchester Arndale, The Trafford Centre, Lowry Designer Outlet are the best among them.
Manchester Theatres occupy a very important place in the history of theatre in Britain. Miss Horniman established the first theater in the city in 1907. Some of the theatrical shows are also based on popular novels and dramas. Some of the popular Manchester Theatres are The Palace Theatre, Bridgewater Hall, The Lowry, Royal Exchange Theater, Library Theatre Company, Opera House and MEN Arena.
iViva! Spanish Film Festival is a contemporary festival of visual arts and film. The film festival features some of the best Spanish and Latin American cinema.
Manchester Irish Festival is one of the biggest annual events in Britain. This festival is not concentrated in one particular venue of the city; rather the festivities are carried on in various venues of Manchester with pomp and show. The festival is to celebrate the Irish culture.
Futuresonic is a major urban festival celebrating different forms of music and art. Live events, exhibitions, talks and workshops are held throughout various cultural spaces across Manchester.
Queer up North is one of the prominent lesbian and gay festivals in Europe. Manchester, one of the vibrant and cosmopolitan cities of Europe supports a large lesbian and gay community.
Selfridges Manchester Summer Sale is a gala shopping event that attracts thousands of impulsive shoppers from all over the world. This is an annual event held during the months of June and July.
Manchester Jazz Festival is one of the popular annual events of the city. This festival usually takes place in the summer. The Jazz Festival in Manchester was initially a one-day show, which transformed into an 8-day event out of sheer popularity.
The Family Friendly Film Festival in Manchester highlights films and screenings for young adults as well as children. Films depicting the various aspects of life and lifestyle are screened in this festival. Along with the screening of the films workshops and seminars related to this are also held concurrently.
Manchester Pride is a renowned festival for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders, that is held every year, during the bank holiday weekend in August.
Manchester Food & Drink Festival is one of the very significant events in the city and it attracts food-lovers, connoisseurs and chefs from the UK and other parts of the globe.
Harpsichordfest is a very popular, biennial music festival of Manchester which is held for 2 consecutive days. The last Harpsichordfest was held in 2006 and it was presented by North West New Music Projects or NWNMP.
The Manchester Literature Festival is one of the prestigious events of Manchester, celebrating the power of writing. Innumerable internationally renowned novelists, poets and screen writers have graced the stages of this festival in Manchester.
Mind Body Spirit Northern Festival is one of the highly esteemed annual festivals of Manchester. This festival celebrates the art of fresh thinking and healthy living through various kinds of exercises, yoga and meditation.
Manchester Poetry Festival is an annual event held in Manchester, in the month of October. The city celebrates the long standing history of marvelous poetry during this week long Poetry Festival in Manchester.
The Manchester Comedy Festival is a popular comedy festival that is held every year in the beautiful English city of Manchester, generally during the last 2 weeks in the month of October.