Town of Culture goes digital

In December 2019 Bury was chosen as the first Greater Manchester Town of Culture, an award based on the UK City of Culture concept which was introduced in 2009. 

Sadly, due to the coronavirus pandemic and current restrictions on public gatherings, many of Bury's cultural attractions are currently closed to the public and public events have been postponed. 

However, cultural organisations across Bury have come together at this time to ensure that culture and creativity continues, digitally, for all to enjoy. 


Happy festival online

Events to mark the birthday of Victoria Wood as part of the Happy festival are still taking place despite the coronavirus lockdown. 

While some activities have been postponed to next year due to need to maintain social distancing, there are still ways that the Bury community can take part and stay Happy online.

The Happy festival was a key part of celebrations taking place during Bury's year as the first Greater Manchester Town of Culture.   

The team is working with artists, performers, workshop leaders and partners to present a variety of uplifting online content. Hopefully it will inspire you to be creative and raise a smile!

All the details are online and highlights include:

  • Songwriting workshop
  • Lucky BagS Lockdown Workout ​​​
  • Comedy writing course
  • Let's Do It!! -  a recreation of Victoria Wood's famous song "The Ballad of Barry and Freda". Watch the stream on Victoria's birthday, Tuesday 19 May, on @BuryCulture.

Visit the Happy website


Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre

  • Weekly themed art and creative activities through Bury Art Museum, including ideas and themes for creativity and resources to design, print, colour, make and display.

Visit the Bury Art Museum online website

  • Take a virtual tour of the latest sculpture centre exhibition - The Pothole (Mark Tanner Sculpture Award National Touring Programme), by Anna Reading.

View the Bury Art Museum Sculpture Centre's virtual exhibitions

  • Follow the Sketchbook Still Social Digital Social Hub and receive daily prompt words and inspiration from the art collection each day - it's not about creating a masterpiece, it's about giving it a go and having fun.

Follow Sketchbook Still Social on Facebook


Fusilier Museum

  • The Fusilier Museum has put together their top ten items to see online.

Explore highlights of the collection and Bury's military heritage on the Fusilier Museum website


Met Theatre

  • The Met is one of the host venues for "United We Stream". Every night watch live bands, DJs, singers, performers and cultural leaders entertain, educate and enrich lives. Live everyday from 7pm onwards, with a donations page, where you can watch for free. Just buy a 'virtual ticket' for whatever price you want, to enjoy the channel.

Watch on the United We Stream website

  • The Met's resident artist, Professor Jigget is hosting live interactive stories events.

Join in with the Bedtime Tales and Folklore, Myths and Legends events on Facebook


Libraries Connected - access to free online books, magazines, podcast and archive material


Storybox

Storybox is a monthly dementia friendly creative session hosted by Bury Art Museum.

Try the creative session on the Bury Art Museum website


Elms Bank Virtual Choir #Keepsinging

Elms Bank virtual choir are releasing 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Watch their work on Vimeo


Future announcements

Watch this space for future announcements including:

  • A special exhibition based on the experience of local communities during the coronavirus pandemic - information coming soon on how to get involved.