Bolton has been named Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture 2024 with an award of £50,000 that will support a year-long programme of new events.

Bolton Council said the town of culture accolade put the spotlight on ‘remarkable arts, culture and heritage that exists across Greater Manchester’.

The grant, from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Culture Fund, will help to develop a programme of cultural events and activities celebrating Bolton’s heritage.

Bolton’s cultural programme will have three parts.

The first is a taster programme of cultural activities delivered in Bolton and its districts.

There will be a small grants programme designed to help build capacity, resources and experience in Bolton’s smaller cultural organisations, freelancers and artists.

The grand finale will be the Bolton Gala next March, a celebratory event organised jointly by the council’s cultural partners and co-designed by residents.

You can find out more about Greater Manchester’s Town of Culture by clicking here