We’re looking forward to Levy Fringe,
our Annual Festival of Arts and Culture in Levenshulme

This year it will run over 3 weeks.

From the 23rd June to the 13th July 2018,
in the Old Library and in the community.

We will be posting more information on how to get involved SOON!

Open Door Community Celebration

Fri 23rd Feb, 4pm – 6pm.

The Levenshulme Old Library team are delighted, finally, to be able to open the doors of the old library to you our surrounding community.

Doors will be open at 4pm, from 4.30 we’ll have music from the Jazz Biscuits, there’ll be opportunities to chat to our library tenants All FM, to Levenshulme Youth Project and to mindful art therapists from The Owl And The Coconut who are also planning to make the library building their home.

At approximately 5pm MP for Levenshulme and Gorton, Mr Afzal Khan, will deliver a message of congratulations and solidarity to the many people in our community that have fought for three long years, organised and worked hard to secure our old library building for use by our community again as a valuable and highly valued community facility.

From 6pm the merriment will continue next door in the Bluebell.

Whilst there’s some way to go before the library is fully functioning as an Art Centre, we’re very happy to be able to open our doors and invite people inside to once again experience the unique ambiance of this fabulous space and to celebrate the end of a long road that sees us now able to invite you all in.

The event will be a final opportunity to win this fabulous reading chair by Decourcey Designs of Levenshulme Antique Village and announcement of the winner.

decourcey designed and upcycled reading chair
decourcey designed and upcycled reading chair

This gorgeous reading chair has been delightfully upcycled and tastefully reupholstered reflecting not only the joy it might bring to a keen reader, the book-shelf print fabric is appropriate also because Sharlene has very kindly donated the chair to raise funds for the library. Our Reopening Celebration will be the final opportunity to submit a sealed bid for it. The winner will be announced.

Do please come, bring your families and join us for this celebration of a triumph against the odds for our community.

Levenshulme Old Library CIO.

At 1030 hrs this morning 22nd January 2018, following three years of campaigning, planning, community self-organising and cooperative working, Levenshulme Old Library Charitable Incorporated Organisation signed a lease agreement with Manchester City Council.

Congratulations  and well done to everybody in Levenshulme that’s supported the take over project and got it to this point, you now have an art centre.


tenancy agreement between the old library group and MCC
Tenancy agreement between the old library group CIO and MCC

Library in the sun

We are taking over Levenshulme’s Carnegie Library, on Cromwell Grove, and transforming it into an arts, community and culture centre for the communities of Levensulme and the surrounding areas.


A community led future for Levenshulme’s Old Library building

  • A community centre that all sections of the community can use
  • A home for arts and cultural activities
  • A home for performance, music and events that celebrate our community
  • A Youth friendly Space
  • A home for learning and growing, where individuals can improve their lives
  • A home for community groups that benefit the area: Offices, meeting spaces, resources etc
  • A building that pays its way whilst benefiting the aims above: (such as through a café, a bookstore, a party venue and place for celebration)


@LevyOldLibrary twitter feed:

If you're a Co-op member or thinking of being, pls consider nominating us as your chosen charity. Costs nothing, really simple to do & only takes a moment, when you shop we get a £ benefit from Co-op Local Community Fund 😀👍
Just click here, it's easy: https://t.co/5Q8GVJZ9D8

We still have tickets left for our flash fiction workshop with @taniahershman on 18th June at @LevyOldLibrary. It’s going to be amazing. Getting closer now. Don’t miss out! https://t.co/j6Cy45QNXO

Woohoo, it's @levymarket day! Are you coming to see us today? Read this, grab some chums and mooch on over to the #Levenshulme station car park to shop, eat and meet 🙂 https://t.co/twvcGOgnNv

#SITSOL will be back on @ALLFM from 9AM tomorrow. discs from @redredeyesband Jon Langford & @MartinBramah @ryleywalker @tilly15773 @duhsaxophones @TheRailsLondon @benwilpoole @MarlonWMusic @aleladianemusic etc Listen in the Mcr area on 96.9 fm or online https://t.co/C2XAirqJov

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