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Levenshulme Old Library CIO Response to Covid-19. Dated 18th March 2020

Following public health guidance about social distancing and avoiding large gatherings, we have taken the decision to cease public activities at Levenshulme Old Library building on Cromwell Grove.

Levenshulme Old Library is not open for drop-in by the public unless by prior arrangement until at least the 20th April 2020.

All existing bookings are or have already been postponed in liaison with those running activities, unless special circumstances mean they shouldn’t cease. New bookings won’t be taken at this time unless there is clear community benefit and sufficient controls in place.

This is not a complete closure. ALLFM radio is continuing its broadcasting. Programme schedules may be disrupted but they will be sharing useful information and entertaining the community as usual. Likewise The Owl and The Coconut are moving its mindfulness and relaxation activities online wherever possible.

We will also be looking at providing services for community benefit remotely, and using the time to make improvements inside and outside the building and to plan for a successful re-opening in due course. Staff will be supported to work from home as much as possible.

The safety of vulnerable people is our priority.
Read advice on responding to coronavirus on the NHS website

As a small local charity we also ask our community to stand by Levenshulme Old Library. Like many local businesses or groups we will undoubtedly be feeling the effects of Covid-19 financially, and those maintaining our limited operations are demonstrating their commitment to our community.

By working together we are stronger.


Levy Fringe Festival of Arts and Theatre

Levy Fringe Arts and Theatre in Manchester

Levy Fringe returns on Thursday June 25th – Saturday July 5th 2020!  This year promises to be the most eclectic yet, and we’re looking for local groups to get involved! Contact Veronika at with your idea – anything goes! Like us over on Facebook or Instagram to keep updated.

Buy tickets from April for quality drama and comedy acts at Levenshulme’s 4th annual Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival at discount prices thanks to support from Arts Council England.

Like the Levy Fringe Facebook Page for updates about all of these plus more free community events, which will be happening throughout Levenshulme, Manchester from June 25th until July 4th 2019.

If you’re a fan of theatre or would like to see what it’s like, this festival is perfect for you!

Download a pdf of the festival (coming soon) for all the great events of Arts and Theatre in Manchester from April 2020 [1MB].

Help us Improve our Environment: Aviva Community Crowdfunder is Go..

Levenshulme Old Library 2017

Please support the Levenshulme Old Library Crowdfunder.

To pledge your support click here and help us reach our target of £3000

We would love to create a community garden that is available for groups to use for gardening projects, for schools/children to use for activities, for exercise and wellness sessions, and for art workshops.

As a charity, we need the help of our local community and the wider community to realise these plans – please donate in whatever way you can to improve the lives of all of those in Levenshulme!

Festive events at Levenshulme Old Library

As 2019 draws to a close, here are some of the highlights from the year, events during the festive period and plans for 2020. 

Looking Back:

Levyfringe LogoAfter moving into the space in 2018 and working with the council and our tenants to secure the building, 2019 has seen our events programme develop, with the success of the second year of Levy Fringe, which ran from 4th – 14th July in venues across the town (and is scheduled again for 25th June – 4th July 2020), to our recent Creative Windrush events.

As well as and hosting regular sessions with Levenshulme WI, Levy Little Theatre, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People(GMCDP) and a wide mix of rehearsals, dance, artists projects, filming, yoga, health and wellness events, training and community activities.

Looking Forward:

During 2020, we’re ambitious in our plans to make the space more varied and inclusive in its offer, continuing our successful events and activities and a multi-arts offer that serves the whole community.


Levenshulme Community Christmas WindowsBefore that, we’d like to welcome you to celebrate the festive period with us by coming down at 6pm on 12th December for the unveiling of Levenshulme Christmas Advent Window #12  (visit the map or recent MEN article to check out other windows in the trail),

Or come along to our Family Festive Fun day, 1pm – 5pm on 21st December, with fun activities for kids (crafts, storytime, Father Christmas and a festive film) and lots of practical support for parents (wrapping station and pre-loved toys) –  to take the pressure off families at this busy time of year!

We’ll be sharing more updates in the New Year in our Newsletter, with news from Levenshulme Old Library, our partners and new trustees.

Until then, we wish you all a merry festive break!


Come to our 2019 Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

MONDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER at 7:30pm
at Levenshulme Old Library

Levenshulme Old Library is looking for new Trustees to help us flourish and grow.
If you are interested in helping us achieve our mission to create a unique, vibrant and successful Arts and Culture Centre for Levenshulme, please get in touch or come along on the 23rd September to find out more.
We are especially seeking Trustees with experience of building management,
the arts sector, finance and health and safety.

Update on the AGM

We had a really successful AGM, with a number of excellent new trustees coming forward. Many thanks to them, and to our outgoing trustees too, and we will introduce the new Trustees to everyone soon, as well as sharing news of the event. Our thanks to all that attended!

Levy Fringe Arts & Culture Festival

Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival

Levy Fringe: Arts and Theatre in Manchester

The Levy Fringe summer festival of culture 2019 is now over, but find out what went on on our LevyFringe page.

Like us over on Facebook to keep updated about other events throughout the year, or email us at if you’d like to get involved in 2020.

Book nowBuy tickets for quality drama and comedy acts at Levenshulme’s 3rd annual Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival from as little as £4.50 thanks to support from Arts Council England on TicketSource, or Like the Levy Fringe Facebook Page for updates about all of these plus more free community events, which will be happening throughout Levenshulme, Manchester from June 22nd until July 14th 2019. If you’re a fan of theatre or would like to see what it’s like; this festival is perfect for you! Download a pdf of the festival for all the for all the great events of Arts and Theatre in Manchester [1MB].

Based just a few miles south of Manchester City Centre and connected by frequent transport links, Levy Fringe has comedy, cabaret, storytelling, drama and circus theatre, and visual arts – something for everyone looking for a bit of local fun this summer.

This year’s Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival will be delivered with support from Arts Council England. Keep up to date on our Fringe page.

Levy Fringe Arts and Culture Festival

Image credit: Robert Day

Just some of the theatre and comedy acts at this year’s Levy Fringe…

Kapow at Levenshulme Market June 29th 2019 (FREE) – Grow is a lively, energetic and vibrant dance theatre duo by Kapow. A comment on humanity and a comedic gardening show combined. It’s a playful and touching celebration of the power of nature to rejuvenate, take over spaces and grow through the cracks. Kapow – Dance Circus Theatre are based here in Levenshulme, Manchester and are excited to connect with our local community and those from further afield through performance at the Levenshulme Fringe Festival.

Brawn, Friday July 5th 2019, 19:30, Levenshulme Old Library, £4.50
A raw, emotional and illuminating piece of theatre, BRAWN explores the powerful desire for physical perfection, and the silent, anxious struggles of the men who experience it today. Once a smart kid in the classroom, Ryan is trapped in a life he doesn’t want to lead. He feels increasingly suffocated in a world obsessed by self-image and measures his self-worth in muscle mass.
“Brawn offers us an arresting portrait of physical perfectionism sparked by unrealistic representations of the male body in advertising and popular culture, and demonstrates the damage this can do.” -BROADWAY BABY

Sarah Kendall & Daliso Chaponda, Thursday July 11th 2019, 19:30, Levenshulme Old Library, £4.50
More bang for your buck as As Sarah Kendall, two-time Edinburgh Best Show, Perrier and Time Out Comedy Awards nominee previews her brand new show ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe.
AND Britain’s Got Talent 2017 finalist, Radio 4 alum and Youtube start Daliso Chaponda brings his new show Blah Blah Blacklist, a satirical look at disgraced and blacklisted celebrities and historical figures we’re ashamed we once admired. Both acts are included in the ticket fee!

HollyZone History, Saturday July 13th 2019, 19:30, Levenshulme Inspire, £4.50
Holly’s hilarious take on historical facts, will have you in stitches, and you might just learns a thing or two! Think of it as Mary Beard meets Fleabag! “From adventurers on British ships, to former sex workers turned scourge of the Chinese empire, and the Irish pirate queen who met Elizabeth I, meet some of the most resourceful, intriguing and salty women in history in this funny, factual, fearsome show about famous, fabulous, female pirates”. Ages 14+

Levenshulme Old Library presents “5 Gloucester Avenue”

5 Glouster Avenue image
Friday 15th March at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 16th March at 3 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
£5.92 (£4.32 concessions) inc. booking fee
A promenade theatre production at 5 Gloucester Avenue, M19 3WT of five short plays inspired by the people who lived there and what might have happened to them.

Full event information and Tickets

5 Gloucester Avenue is a promenade theatre production involving 5 short plays. We take the audience around five rooms in the house including the garden! Each play is inspired by the people who have lived in the house since 1901 and what may have happened to to them. Book your ticket now as there are limited spaces available.

Support us

Without our sponsors and supporters we couldn’t do what we’re doing at Levenshulme Old Library. The CIO, occupants, users and friends are truly in awe of our supporters for helping us every step of the way on a long journey.

One Manchester have given us exceptional support from day one.
MCC from the neighbourhoods team, to the council, to the town hall, thank you.
Manchester Community Central have been utterly priceless, fantastic.

If you would like to support us please email us by clicking here or use the form on our contact page (click here).