Manchester may be more commonly known as home to one of the world's most famous football teams, but its reputation as a global hub for groundbreaking arts and culture is growing fast. This lively city in the north west of England has become an international flagship for British music and creativity, and a national centre for the UK's recent boom in spoken word and live literature. Manchester’s The Hallé is one of Europe’s most admired and forward-thinking orchestras, while Manchester International Festival has established itself as a major player on the global festival circuit.