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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).

Its Official, and we have the keys

Levenshulme Old Library CIO takes on responsibility for Levenshulme Old Library.

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

At 10.30 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.


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 Levenshulme and the surrounding areas.


Archive of Old News

Levy Fringe 2018 Official Programme



In 2018 the Levy Fringe ran over 3 weeks from the 23rd June to the 13th July 2018,

in the Old Library and in the broader Levenshulme community.



Open Door Community Celebration

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.

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

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.

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 on the night at the library.

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

Historic post: Open day Friday 22nd Dec 2017 Cancelled

A structural repair needs to happen without delay and this work will render the environment unsuitable for public access.

This in no way affects our broader plans for the library at all, we’re simply not willing to take risks when it comes to the safety of the people in the library.

We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience this may cause and look forward to rescheduling the event and wlecoming you all into the old library in the new year.

Yours sincerely,
The Library Team.

Library Reopening Celebration:
Fri 22nd Dec 2017 6pm – 7.30pm
poster showing old library reopening party info
Levenshulme Old Library reopening party information

For the first time in almost two years we’ll be opening the doors of Levenshulme’s Old Library building to the general public once again.

With a congratulatory message from Levenshulme and Gorton’s MP Afzal Khan, we’re inviting everybody to come together inside our library building and enjoy a light-hearted celebration of it’s return to use as a valuable community asset.

There will be live lounge music from the Jazz Biscuits and a special sketch for the occasion performed by the Levenshulme Players – this is set to be a joyful event.

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.

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 on the night at the library.

Bring your families and if you feel inclined join us in the Blue Bell (next door) for further merriment from 7.30pm.

Past events…

Lol leve nights twit headerSat 18th Nov 2017 at the Klondyke, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, 8pm til late.

The Old Library team will be answering any questions after a full project update, then at about 9pm our fabulous friends from Leve Nights will host a party for us.

Nov LN flyerJoin us and dance the night away to a wide variety of music spanning across genres.  We’ve got loads of great prizes to raffle off that have been kindly donated by local businesses:  two pairs of tickets to events in December at Fred’s Ale House; a fabulous chair from Decourcey Designs in the Antique Centre; a pair of tickets to Levenshulme Players‘ Xmas Revue including a meal for two; the Bluebell in Levenshulme serves a legendary traditional Sunday dinners, two of them; and a £20 discount off a meal for two at AlBorz fabulous Persian restaurant.

If you or your business would like to help the library by providing a prize for the draw we’d be exceptionally grateful for your help: please click here to contact us.

Put on your dancing shoes, bring some friends and have a fabulous time with proceeds going to our old library funds.