Factory International is an organisation for thinkers, and Aviva Studios, our landmark venue, is no different. With easy transport options, this is a place to gather, debate and inspire.

Our soaring spaces flex to your needs, offering a variety of setups, and state-of-the-art technology and event production facilities mean we can explore the art of the possible.

Our in-house event, technical and production teams will help to bring your vision to life, and craft a truly unique and inimitable event.

And when you choose to gather 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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