Eighteen days of Manchester International Festival
The 2011 Manchester International Festival has closed after bringing a host of artistic, musical and cultural firsts to the city.
It was the city's third showcase of original commissions which began with Icelandic singer Bjork and closed with a rare gig in a road tunnel by heavy pop band WU LYF.
Highlights included a play by performance artist Marina Abramovic, an opera by Blur's Damon Albarn and an interactive show based on Doctor Who.
BBC North West Tonight talked to the contributors, including Johnny Vegas and Victoria Wood, the organisers and the audiences.