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Mary Burns
 

FINANCING THE MANCS...

 

Last year Salford Council gave the Mancs £165,000 towards their International Festival, so I’m pleased to announce that the Council’s only giving them almost £100,000 for the 2009 event. 

Last year at least we got a free pop concert, as well as some lovely Cuban ballet featuring Carlos Acosta, with discounted tickets for Salfordians.  For the 2009 Manc bash there’s more lovely Cuban ballet with Carlos and the BBC Phil, but the discounted tickets for Salford residents seem to have been replaced by “an agreed number of tickets…at both The Lowry and Sadlers Wells for Salford City Council’s hospitality services”.

Part of the justification is that the event will “raise the profile of Salford as a home of cultural innovation”. I say Prokofievs to that!  What it does is raise the profile of Salford as municipal mugs who will throw wads at importing something, while investing next to nowt in the innovative cultural stuff on its own doorstep. Next time the Council says it can’t afford to do something, like provide decent homes and stuff, stick yer tutu on and ask again…

 

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