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GMCA Meeting on Friday

This Friday's GMCA meeting has been moved from Bolton to Manchester.

Portfolio: Culture

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has appointed the leader of Bolton Council, Linda Thomas, as the portfolio lead for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Cllr Thomas will lead plans to bring communities together by encouraging residents to get involved in Greater Manchester’s thriving culture and heritage. She will also work to ensure everyone can benefit from the world-leading music, theatre and sporting venues Greater Manchester has to offer.

The portfolio will oversee the development and delivery of an ambitious, over-arching GMCA strategy for Culture, Arts and Leisure, which will play a pivotal role in delivering a range of Greater Manchester Strategy priorities. 

Read an overview of the portfolio here.

CONSULTATION: Greater Manchester's Cultural Strategy

Greater Manchester is known around the world for our significant contribution to culture.

Our proposals, outlined in this draft strategy will be to maintain and further develop our cultural offer.

We want to grow our reputation by inspiring and supporting our residents to express their own creativity and by developing, attracting and retaining the very best creative talent.

Our aspiration is to create a place where artists and cultural organisations are supported to deliver high quality culture that means we are a leading centre for culture regionally, nationally and internationally.

We want to hear from people who live, work and play across Greater Manchester. Your feedback on the plans will be used to develop the final strategic plan for the future development of culture across the city-region.

Culture Steering Group

The great and good of the local and national cultural sector are being brought together to form the Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group who will guide work being done to help support and help the culture, arts and heritage sectors across Greater Manchester. 

Read more information on the steering group and see who is a member here.

GMCA Culture and Social Impact Fund 

The Culture and Social Impact Fund will provide funding to properly constituted, not for profit, voluntary organisations, who are committed to providing excellent cultural experiences or work that has significant social impact across the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester Night-Time Economy Adviser

Warehouse Project and Parklife founder Sacha Lord has been unveiled as Greater Manchester’s first-ever night-time economy adviser.

Appointed by Mayor Andy Burnham, Sacha will champion Greater Manchester’s thriving nightlife and set out bold plans to ensure people on a night out can have a safe and enjoyable time. 

Greater Manchester Music Review

Working alongside UK Music and a panel of experts, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a Greater Manchester music review to see how the city-region’s thriving scene can be nurtured, encouraged and refreshed.

The review will look into Greater Manchester’s musical strengths, as well as where the music scene can be improved, ensuring that artists are supported to develop sustainable careers where everyone can access music in a safe and inclusive way.

A green-city region and a high quality culture and leisure offer for all

Linking in with the ambitions of the green-city region, Greater Manchester will offer a vibrant, stimulating environment for people to live, work, study and play, supported by a world-class cultural and leisure offer. 

GM Moving

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has endorsed the four-year plan to get Greater Manchester Moving. He has committed his leadership to the ambitious plan, as part of a collaborative approach with Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Sport England.

Information on Arts, Leisure and Culture Fund:

Lead member

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Councillor Linda Thomas

Telephone: 01204 332090


Social media: @BoltonLeader -




Information on Culture