I am delighted that Susie Stubbs, co-editor of Creative Tourist has written a feature about this weekend’s ‘Boutique Weekender’ for ‘a musing platform’.

A weekend of after-hours art, music and fashion – this weekend in Manchester

This weekend sees the launch of the Boutique Weekender, a new event from Creative Tourist, the city’s online arts magazine. The weekend, a ‘whirlwind 48 hours in the city’, puts together some of the freshest exhibitions, gigs, performances and events happening this spring, from Mark Leckey’s supersonic installation at Manchester Art Gallery to an after-hours session at the Whitworth and two new shows there too (Idris Khan and the thought-provoking Cotton: Global Threads). There’s also high fashion photography at the Chinese Arts Centre, ‘latex, sex and assemblage’ at Cornerhouse, a gig at the Deaf Institute and lots more besides. Best of all – much of what’s on this weekend is free. You can download the full listings here.

So, why has Creative Tourist put the Boutique Weekender together? The magazine supports the arts in Manchester – it was initially set up by nine of the city’s museums and galleries to champion the great creative and cultural stuff happening in a city perhaps better known for rain, music and football. Since then it has done exactly that, expanding in 2010 to stage the now-annual Manchester Weekender (every October), winning a few awards and working tirelessly to shine a light on what’s happening in art, museums and wider culture in Manchester. If you can’t make this weekend, there will be others – join Creative Tourist’s free mailing list to keep on top of the latest cultural happenings in the city you now call home. Otherwise, we hope to see you sometime over the weekend.

– Susie Stubbs, co-editor of Creative Tourist

Susie Stubbs is a freelance writer and communications consultant. She’s spent the past fourteen years working in the creative and cultural sector, with clients ranging from Tate Liverpool to The University of Manchester. She has written for The Guardian, Independent and Time Out, manages the award-winning Creative Tourist and works in both traditional and digital media communications.

Anne Wilson, ‘Walking the Warp’

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