Design Manchester 13

Working closely with lead sponsor the Manchester School of Art, Design Manchester will bring inspirational UK and internationally renowned speakers to the city and showcase Manchester’s talented creative community.

The festival, curated with ambassador Malcolm Garrett, is a series of inspirational talks, interactive workshops and evening events, on the theme of longevity, held at Manchester Town Hall and venues across the city.

The festival is supported by GF Smith and Design Week.


The Great Hall is a glazed skylight on which are inscribed the names of mayors, lord mayors and chairs of the Council since Manchester received its Charter of Corporation in 1838. The superb ceiling of the Great Hall is separated into panels bearing the arms of the principal countries and towns with which Manchester traded. The landing outside the Great Hall is known as the Bees. On the mosaic floor is a pattern of bees. The bee is symbolic of Manchester’s industry and is found on the city’s coat of arms.

For further information call: 0161 834 3722
Detailed travel instructions can be found here

Manchester Town Hall
Albert Square
M60 8AD





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The venue dates back to 1862 and was at the centre of Manchester’s punk scene in the late 1970s where Buzzcocks, The Fall and Joy Division first played. Now fully restored after an Arts Council grant the Grade 2 Listed building hosts regular music events weekly.

Detailed venue information can be found here

Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street
The Northern Quarter
M4 5JZ

2022NQ opened its doors in April 2012 and is a fully licensed café bar, gallery and event space located right in the heart of Manchester’s creative Northern Quarter.

Detailed venue information can be found here

The Basement
20 Dale Street
M1 1EZ

Kosmonaut Bar Manchester a convivial neighbourhood hangout firmly established in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Food & Drink, Cocktails, Music, Art.

Detailed venue information can be found here

10 Tariff Street
Northern Quarter
M1 2FF


The Sharp Project, home to digital entrepreneurs and production companies, is where Space, Power, Connectivity and People converge. Occupants at The Sharp Project make, manipulate or move around the world, digital content.

It is based in a 200,000 sq ft refurbished warehouse offering flexible office, production and event space close to the city centre.

The Sharp Project is now accessible by Metrolink. The nearest stop is Central Park, which is on the Oldham line (From Victoria Station). The Sharp Project’s entrance is approximately 400 metres from the stop. Walk up the hill on The Gateway and then turn left onto Oldham Road, then left again onto Thorp Road, where you’ll find the main entrance on your left.

Detailed venue information can be found here

The Sharp Project
Thorp Road
M40 5BJ



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