Angélique Kidjo and Guests

4 Jul 2023

Angelique Kidjo Angelique Kidjo
4 Jul 2023
The Hall, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ

Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access Assistive Hearing

A world-class visionary made a glorious return to Manchester.

Over the past four decades, Angélique Kidjo has cemented her status as one of the most extraordinary voices in international music.

With four Grammy Awards under her belt, she’s known for her eclectic sound and endless creative spirit combining Beninese and West African music with Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop and alt-R&B.

No stranger to MIF, Angélique explored community and the strength and resilience of women in her native Benin in her short film Eve(s), as part of our Postcards From Now series.

Her show at MIF23 was her first in Manchester for ten years and, in the true spirit of collaboration, she was joined by some of the best emerging talent from the city: OneDa, Layfullstop and Ellen Beth Abdi.

Always forward-thinking but with a nod to tradition, Angélique Kidjo’s sound was made to be experienced live.

Image © Fabrice Mabillot


  • A life-affirming performance

    Manchester Evening News

  • It was truly truly entertaining, fabulous and joyous. A great space.

    BBC Radio Manchester

  • What an uplifting performance for the opening night of this excellent new venue

    All Across the Arts


Presented by Factory International for Manchester International Festival, in collaboration with Band on the Wall.

Access Information

The event took place in the Hall at Aviva Studios. The full address of the venue is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ.

What3words is:

Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

The Hall entrance is by lift, escalator or stairs from one side of the Social beside the brick arches.

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of the building.

Accessible toilets (a mixture of wheelchair accessible cubicles with right- or left-hand transfer as well as accessible ambulant cubicles with grab rails) are located in the brick arches in the Social.

There are additional accessible toilets located in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets at Aviva Studios.

We will be using Williams WaveCAST headsets for both assisted listening and personal induction loops in the building. 

Travel Information

Aviva Studios can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

The Water Street route is the quickest way to arrive at our City Square entrance.

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios.

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios.

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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