A new exhibition of rare Star Wars artwork is being shown in Manchester, on one of the biggest months in the movie franchise's history.
Rolf Harris delighted crowds in Liverpool as part of the city's LightNight 2012 arts festival.
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London gets three times as much arts and culture investment as the North West of England. A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research says Londoners have £72 per person spent on the creative industries. That figure is just £24 for people in the North West.
The IPPR says the government claims it wants to rebalance the economy outside London. And the think tank believes more spending on Arts in this region is a huge step towards achieving that.
Today is the first day of the Manchester International Festival, which celebrates performing and visual arts across the city centre.
It will see events taking place across the city for 18 days. The festival has been held in Manchester every two years since 2007.
A special exhibition of Star Wars artwork has been unveiled at a gallery in Manchester. The official Star Wars fine art collection has be flown over from America and is on display at the Generation Gallery. Among the pieces, are artwork by the renowned illustrator Ryan Church.
Ryan is best known for creating the concept artwork for the most recent Star Wars films as well as others like Avatar and Transformers. This is the only art gallery in the UK with this collection.