Manchester is an ambitious city that is continuing an exciting transformation from industrial heartland to vibrant cosmopolitan conurbation.
Recast for the 21st century as the original modern city, Manchester is in the middle of a contemporary resurgence marked by a property and investment boom that has outstripped the rest of the country. Major expansions to its governance and infrastructure combined with culturally significant developments, such as the acclaimed reopening of the Whitworth Art Gallery, the arts centre, HOME and the renowned Manchester International Festival have cemented Manchester’s reputation as a northern capital for culture and for industry. Hot off the success of last year’s EuroScience Open Forum, the city is also working to consolidate its reputation as the city where great minds meet.
Looking ahead, the city is turning its attention to a global audience, with increased activity in key international markets. A Manchester delegation will travel to Frankfurt in May to promote the city at IMEX, and unveil some new plans to boost the business visitor experience. Then in the US, the delegation will look to capitalise on the new Virgin Atlantic routes from Boston and San Francisco.
Looking at upcoming conferences in 2017, Manchester will once again welcome the Conservative Party Conference to the city centre in October. Then in December Greater Manchester’s fantastic heritage of Children’s entertainment will be celebrated as the 8th Children’s Global Media Summit comes to MediaCityUK. For all the latest on conferences and events in Manchester, and to find out how Manchester can help you make your event a success, visit the new and improved website for Manchester’s Convention Bureau.
Where The Art Is
When looking for a destination to host a conference or event, Manchester is a city that will not disappoint. Easy access for both national and international delegates; an array of leisure options; and a range of venues to choose from that can accommodate events from the smallest to the largest are just some of the reasons why Manchester is regarded as a world-class conference destination.
Manchester’s strength lies in its ability to connect its thriving arts and science and industry sectors, thanks in part to an array of new spaces that offer universal appeal. With this in mind, H&E North offers the lowdown on new locations for your next Mancunian event…
Whole Lotta History
The Grade II listed, five-storey Hope Mill in Ancoats is home to a number of creative’s studios including writers, artists and designers, and is now home to Hope Mill Theatre, an in-house arts and events space. For an equally legendary and iconic venue, Manchester Hall is a brand new boutique venue dedicated to conferencing, events and dining. Located in the Grade II listed limestone building, this former Freemasons’ Hall’s interiors are a neo-classical gem. Untouched since the 1920s, the hall has transformed into a unique space and has recently been commended by English Heritage.
Music To Our Ears
Four years after the New School Building opened at the UK’s largest specialist music school, Chetham’s School of Music; Stoller Hall has now opened as a home for professional touring artists and for Manchester’s professional and amateur musicians, hosting a vibrant programme of music and spoken word. Stoller Hall provides an intimate yet impressive setting for concerts, conferences and other events. Based in the heart of Manchester, audiences arrive through a stunning atrium, flooded with natural light, before attending your event in the city’s most acoustically advanced auditorium.
Launched in late 2016, 53Two is a new arts venue managed by Manchester Actors’ Platform. Spanning two of Deansgate’s famous cavernous tunnels, the venue operates primarily as a theatre and cafe, but is adaptable for exhibitions, gigs, events, celebrations, rehearsals, classes, conferences, banquets, weddings and more. The smaller of the two spaces – ‘The Pod’ – was built within the arch itself and offers a 30 – 40 seater black box space with tiered seating and its own bar. The larger and even more versatile space, ‘two’ is predominantly a theatre venue, and uses removable seating and seating blocks to allow the space to be adapted to suit all types of events from a 150-seat theatre to an open, blank exhibition hall or banqueting suite.
Further afield, the live music, theatre and arts venue, The Met in Bury, re-opened its doors in December 2016 after a major refurbishment which has seen it improve facilities for audiences and performers alike and restore the building’s historic architecture to its former grandeur. The hall’s biggest space, Derby Hall has a capacity of 273 seated or 400 standing and has been Bury’s principal function space since the 1850s. In nearby Stockport, the extensive £1.6 million restoration of Bramall Hall is now complete. Visitors can will be able enjoy the hall again and see the dramatic improvements to the historic rooms, architecture and fabric of the building.