Festival of Libraries 2024

  • DATE

    12-16 June 2024

  • TIME

    10:00 am to 9:00 pm

  • AGES

    All ages welcome

  • PRICE

    Free

  • THEME

    Activism

    Comics

    Crafts

    Dance

    Environment and Nature

    Exhibition

    Family

    Food

    Languages

    Music

    Poetry

    Political

    Publishing

    Read

    Skills

    Sport

    Wellbeing

    Write

  • ORGANISER

    Manchester City of Literature

Take a front row seat anywhere in Greater Manchester for the Festival of Libraries 2024!

Sharing their love of libraries this year are authors, poets, performers, artists and historians, including Konnie Huq, LYR (Simon Armitage, Richard Walters and Patrick Pearson), Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Coelho and more.  Taking part are the city region’s 133 libraries, including the internationally renowned Central Library, Chetham’s, The Portico Library and John Rylands Research Institute and Library, and everyone is invited.

The Festival of Libraries programme is full of imagination, ideas, connections and discussion with exhibitions, author talks, performances, installations, live music, workshops and international collaborations which are all free to take part in.  The festival is here as a reminder to people of the breadth of what libraries offer and the incredible contribution they make to communities as places that not only give access to books, but provide services, learning and creativity; all with an open invitation to anyone.  As a UNESCO City of Literature, Manchester believes passionately in the value of libraries and the Festival of Libraries, which is Arts Council England funded, is a reflection of this.

 

Luke Burton, Director Libraries, Arts Council England, says, “The Festival of Libraries showcases the fantastic range of libraries in Greater Manchester, from the Central Library and Manchester Poetry Library to the equally important local libraries which support their communities so well. I’m delighted that we are supporting this year’s festival through our National Lottery Project Grants programme and I’m sure that local people and visitors will enjoy the huge range of talks, performances and exhibitions alongside taster sessions for Lego and creative writing.”

This is the fourth Festival of Libraries.  In 2023 the festival included 111 events and involved Greater Manchester’s whole library network making it a unique celebration.

Scroll down to see the full programme of events, and click through to each one to access booking links and more information. Our official festival brochure will be available to download from this page soon. To get involved with the activity online you can use the hashtag #FestivalofLibraries and tag us in @mcrcityoflit.

Festival of Libraries partners include: Archives+, Manchester Central Library, Chetham’s Library, John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester Poetry Library, NHS Libraries, The Portico Library, Working Class Movement Library, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Instituto Cervantes Library, Alliance Francaise Library and Greater Manchester libraries (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan). 

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