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Danny Boyle talks of the importance of culture as HOME launches

Kaleigh Watterson

HOME patron Danny Boyle has shared his views on the importance of culture, as the city’s new cinema, theatre and arts hub prepares for its official launch.

The Bury-born director, who is known for films such as ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ’127 Hours’, says data is one of the reasons why venues such as HOME are more important than ever.

‘Culture is in everything’, he says. ‘I was in the cinema watching 'Girlhood' the other day and they were running amazing ads full of culture.

‘But there’s something more about why HOME is important – it’s data.'

‘We’re now turning into data', he adds. 'We give our data to companies and they make money from it, and gradually we’re turning into data.

‘That’s why culture is important – as we need those voices to be heard.’

Danny Boyle HOME

He also credited the Cornerhouse, along with the former Aaben Cinema in Hulme, for providing his 'cultural education'. 

HOME will launch May 21 at 5pm with a funfair fanfare led by Boyle featuring performances from carnival arts troupe Juba do Leão and friends and pyrotechnics from pa-Boom.

See Time Out’s guide to HOME.

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