[By Liz Ackerley] Wow! so here we are on week 17 of my 17 week countdown! How exciting! This week's post took me on a short walk from China Town, across Portland Street to The Gay Village. Canal Street is the centre of the Village and is a pedestrianised street which runs along the west side of the Rochdale Canal (to the right of the sketch). It is lined with gay bars and restaurants. The northern end of the street meets Minshull Street and the southern meets Princess Street; part of the street looks across the Rochdale Canal into Sackville Park.
The opening of Manto in 1990 was regarded as a catalyst for the development of many of the current style of bars and clubs in the Village. Another catalyst for the expansion in the 1990s was its official recognition by Manchester City Council. Following the passing of a number of non-discrimination policies on the grounds of sexuality in the late 1980s, the council was pioneering work in the advancement of lesbian and gay rights, much official emphasis was placed on strengthening the community element of the Village. This included major support for the Mardi Gras and purchase of the Sackville Street Gardens in 1990 and becoming the first UK council to support civil partnerships.
Next Week is Symposium Week!! Yeah! To Welcome you all to Manchester and the School of Art (and because I have one page left in my concertina sketchbook!) there will be one last post and a simple Map showing all the locations sketched over the 17 weeks leading to the Manchester Symposium (#USkManchester2016)