The city where I work, Manchester, like many others around the world, is a city of diversity. For decades it has attracted people from all over the world. So much so that now it is possible to hear many different languages on our streets, eat wonderfully exotic dishes, listen to endless different kinds of music and buy fashions that reflect many cultures. In these and many other ways ‘new’ Mancunians have enriched the life of our community. Having said that, it would be foolish to ignore the tensions that all of this has created at certain times. Learning how to live with difference can be difficult. When we do so, however, it opens up rich possibilities that might otherwise be missed.