A truly unique building, industrial but with a modern feel and steeped in Manchester’s cultural history, Aviva Studios will leave guests inspired, having shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest creators.

Set in the heart of Manchester’s new and vibrant neighbourhood of St John’s, and with excellent transport links,
Aviva Studios is the perfect spot to gather and celebrate achievements.

Work with our in-house event, technical and production teams to bring your vision to life, and craft a truly bespoke event. Whether you’re after a sit-down meal, a relaxed food festival, or something altogether different, we can make it happen.

And when you choose to host at Aviva Studios, you directly support Factory International’s mission to widen engagement with the arts and develop the next generation of creative talent.

You can realise an ambition or vision here and now in this place... It's a two-way street between Manchester and the rest of the world.

Peter Saville CBE

We're a bit different

Photograph of Aviva Studios

The place we call home

On Manchester’s former Granada Studios site and a stone’s throw from MediaCityUK

2nd most creative city in Europe, with a GVA of £1.4bn to the city from culture and creative industries

Photo of the audience watching Free Your Mind in the Hall

History in the making

Designed by world-leading architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Listed in TimeOut’s ‘23 Best Things to Do in the World in 2023’

We've got something special

Over 15 years’ experience producing the globally renowned Manchester International Festival

Diverse team of 16 in-house experts covering all aspects of production

Access to technical expertise in lighting, sound and more

We're shapeshifters

We have four unique, industrial yet modern spaces – the Warehouse, the Hall, the Public Realm and the Social – that flex to your needs.

A retractable wall allows you to reconfigure the space into the North and South Warehouse

Acoustic separation and allowing multi- use across the venue at any one time

Direct articulated truck access

Anchor points in the wall to support any kind of mount or rigging

Universal technical grid across the ceiling

Supplementing Riverside Square, the Undercroft runs below Aviva Studios, creating a covered external space and enabling filming to take place year-round

External power supply WiFi provision within the Undercroft

Connected to neighbouring St John’s business and leisure district

AV, stage and lighting inclusions available

Varying stage depths

Flexible stall seating, or can be removed entirely

Tiered seating

Wheelchair access on all levels

Foyer bars, with impressive views across the city

Proscenium wall with option to connect to the Warehouse

Contact us

Contact our events team to find out more:


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