Over nine days this November, we’re filling every inch of Aviva Studios with a cultural celebration like no other. Wander from showstopping live performances to immersive installations. The Welcome is a celebration of Greater Manchester, its people and our building.
The Welcome is curated by the Factory Assembly, a wonderful group of local residents who have spent the past two years working on a dream programme. We asked them, if you had the run of this place, what would you do and who would you invite? Together, we can’t wait to share the results.
The Welcome showcases the full spectrum of talent across our region alongside international names too. Explore the programme below and pop by this November and see for yourself.
What's on by day
What's on by theme
Talks and Tours
CREATED BY THE PEOPLE OF GREATER MANCHESTER
"We're an amazingly diverse group of people aged 17-70 from across Greater Manchester. Most of us don’t have a background in the arts but we all have a passion for the city, our local communities and for bringing people together to have fun.”
The Welcome Daily
Your guide to making the most of The Welcome. We’ll tell you what to read, watch, listen and do with input from the curators Factory Assembly.
The Story of Aviva Studios
Building Worlds: Deep Flow
Company Chameleon | In the Studio
Building Worlds: The Welcome
Leeroy New | In the Studio
Food & Drink
We are open 10am-11pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Entry to Aviva Studios is free.
As part of The Welcome, we’re trialling spaces to chill out. We have Recalibrate and Recharge spaces that provide low sensory and low sensory social environments. These spaces are open throughout most of The Welcome and are available to visit during performances. It would be great if you let us know what you think if you use them.
- One Recalibrate Space (a low sensory environment) on the third floor (please note that before and after Afrique en Cirque this space will not be quiet)
- Two Recharge Spaces (a lower sensory social environment) both on the ground floor, one in the Social itself and the other in the tunnel to the Science and Industry Museum.
Sensory tools will be available in these spaces. You can also borrow sensory bags and tools (fidget toys, ear defenders and plugs, eye masks and visors) from our information desk.