Bolton launched its first Artists & Creatives Social networking event following its recognition as Greater Manchester's Town of Culture.

The networking event, open to artists aged 18 and above residing or working in Bolton, was hosted by the Octagon Theatre on July 4 from 6pm to 7pm.

Attendees got the chance to interact with fellow artists and creatives to share ideas, provide mutual support, and explore potential opportunities.

There was also an address by the Octagon's artistic director, Lotte Wakeham, to discuss the forthcoming season and artist development plans.

Samantha Elliott, the head of services of Bolton Libraries and Museums, also shared information on the Greater Manchester Arts Network and provided details on upcoming events within the Bolton Town of Culture agenda.

Discounted theatre tickets to Theatre Ad Infinitum’s acclaimed show, Beautiful Evil Things, were offered to all artists and creatives who attended the event.

Bolton Council says its aims for the Town of Culture 2024 will be to create the foundations for how cultural organisations and creative practitioners work together in the future.

Chief executive of Octagon Theatre, Roddy Gauld, previously said: “We’re delighted Bolton will be GM Town of Culture 2024 and we are so fortunate that Bolton has an incredibly rich culture of people who create a place that is full of life, comedy, character and colour."