On Tuesday 24 February, the Royal Exchange will host CREATIVITY COUNTS - a discussion about why Greater Manchester places such value on arts, culture and creativity.

GetCreativeWe hear from people working within different aspects of society from across the region and nationally about whether, in these times of austerity, creativity really counts.

The debate will be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester as part of their Get Creative campaign and will be followed by networking with professionals from across the creative industries, including Allan Beswick, Jon Lord OBE, John Kampfner, Sally MacDonald, Kemoy Walker and Gabrielle Jenks.

Tickets are FREE but must be booked through the Royal Exchange Box Office on 0161 833 9833 or through royalexchange.co.uk/creativitycounts. You can also follow all the news & events on Twitter via #bbcgetcreative.

The CREATIVITY COUNTS Panel Discussion is part of Get Creative - a major celebration of the nation's arts, culture and creativity. CREATIVITY COUNTS is taking place against backdrop of several major artistic events happening in the city. These include the recent opening of newly refurbished Whitworth Arts Gallery; the re-opening of the Central Library last spring; the newly completed refurbishment of the Royal Northern College of Music; the opening of Home this April and the Manchester International Festival in July.