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the kids are alright with #familyfriendlynw

Some months ago I wrote about how we (the team at All About Audiences) were encouraging North West arts venues and organisations on Twitter to start using a common hashtag when promoting their family events – #familyfriendlynw. This is something we have been actively pushing for the last few months to the organisations we work with…

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manchester: a digital future

Tonight I attended a very shiny edition of SMC_MCR, Manchester: A Digital Future – held as part of the Future Everything festival (16th-19th of May 2012). There was spirited and passionate discussion both in the room and in the Twitterverse… here’s a taster collated on Storify for your reading pleasure. The final question of the…

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who let the dogs out?

Last week I took a walkies to the city’s newest establishment BrewDog. This is the seventh bar for the Scottish firm which has been threatening a Manchester venture for sometime having backed out of the Northern Quarter late last year. Instead BrewDog have decided to mark their territory on the otherwise soulless St Peter, bringing a much needed quality pint…

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guest post: a charity video… the mancunian way

We’re Forever Manchester and we do charity the Mancunian Way. For anyone who’s not familiar with ‘doing things the Mancunian Way’ it means that we like to do things a bit out of the ordinary, we like to lead rather than follow, we do things with a bit of swagger and a sense of humour and as Tony Wilson so eloquently put it “This is Manchester, we do things differently here”.  We’re famous for it and we’re proud of it. That’s why, when making our new promo video to raise awareness of our charity, we wanted to steer away from any images of sadness, upset and need, and make a…

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manchester: my home sweet home

Dusting off the oldie blog to bring you news of exciting changes at Home Sweet Home, the Northern Quarter’s sanctuary from the mean streets of Manchester. As of last weekend the lads and lassies that brought the Cheeseburger Toastie into our lives just got BIGGER with a fancy new extension. The menu has also filled out…

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coming to cumbria: intro to social media

My All About Audiences colleagues and I are delivering a new event in Cumbria at the end of next month. Our ‘Introduction to Social Media Workshop’ is being held on the 30th of May 2012 at The Brewary Arts Centre, Kendal. This training day is ideally suited to creatives, artists, arts professionals and graduates looking…

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an urban story: manchester and the national trust

As a city dweller I was interested to read recently how the National Trust, an organisation founded with the aim of protecting the country’s heritage and open spaces, is aiming to engage with urban communities. In turn this got me thinking about my own personal connection to the Trust, who state that “everyone in England, Wales and Northern…

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instamcr needs you

A couple of months ago I blogged about a new tumblog I had been tinkering with… Instamcr. T’other week I opened up the site to start accepting submissions from other keen Instagramers who enjoy insta-snapping in and around Greater Manchester. Since then over 30 new images have been uploaded, much to my delight, so keep ’em…

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