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Manchester & Ahmedabad converge through 'Cotton Exchange'
May '12
Ahmedabad, once called Manchester of the East, and the UK's textile city of Manchester are sharing their past cotton legacies through a programme called “The Cotton Exchange”.

The programme is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme “Stories of the World”, which is led by Arts Council England in partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The Cotton Exchange project is being jointly undertaken by Ahmedabad-based 'Arts Reverie' and the UK-based 'A Thin Line'.

“The Cotton Exchange is an exploration of the cotton industry and the links between Lancashire and Manchester in the UK with Ahmedabad, Gujarat in India,” Barney Hare Duke, Co-Director of 'A Fine Line' told fibre2fashion.

“The programme involves a series of exchanges between England and India. As part of the programme, a group of artists and young people are looking at the legacies of cotton: investigating the contemporary and the traditional, industry and craft, museums and the market place, heritage and futures. They are comparing, contrasting & creating new ideas,” he explains.

Inspired by the creative journeys and extraordinary experiences of the young people, The Cotton Exchange is organizing various exhibitions and events in the UK between May and October 2012.

The events, including seminars, workshops and social and selling events will be held at the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery; Bolton Museum and Art Gallery; Gallery of Costume, Manchester; The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston; Queen Street Mill, Burnley; and The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

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