5 June 2012
Last updated at 15:36
Manchester's celebration of the London 2012 Festival has seen three of the city's art galleries, two museums and a music venue show off the art and music of West Africa.
The summer-long programme has been called We Face Forward, a title taken from a speech made by Ghana's first president, Kwame Nkrumah, in 1960.
Speaking about where his loyalties lay in respect to the Cold War super powers, Mr Nkrumah said "we face neither East nor West: we face forward". The festival's organisers said they have been inspired by that statement of independence, "deriving inspiration from his sense of West African cultural dynamism".
Exhibits showcasing West African painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, video and sound work are on show in the Manchester Art Gallery, the Gallery of Costume and the Whitworth Art Gallery.
Away from the galleries, Manchester Museum has reinterpreted the Anansi spider stories using its natural history and anthropology collections, the National Football Museum has an exploration of artists inspired by the sport and Band On The Wall hosts a range of world-renowned West African musicians.
Dr Maria Balshaw of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester City Galleries said the city had long had links to the region as "part of its industrial and trading history; this exhibition brings the dynamism of West African art today to Manchester".
We Face Forward is at venues around Manchester until Sunday 16 September.