Artist Social

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30 Mar 2023

YES, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB


FREE, pre booking required

Over 18s only.
Running time: 4 hours approx.

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Accessibility features available for this event: BSL Interpreting

Meet your fellow Manchester creatives at our March Artist Social.

A night for artists across Greater Manchester to meet each other and connect with Factory International producers. Come down and chat about your practice, your future works and even meet new people for potential collaborations.

We’re getting together with Factory International 2023 Fellows – Kao Hove and mandla rae. There’ll be music, food, drag artists and performers and networking hosted by the Factory Fellows

Our new building opens in just a few months’ time, a space where artists and communities from across Greater Manchester can create incredible work and invent tomorrow together. We continue to offer opportunities for creatives of all kinds to connect, develop and collaborate. This includes commissioning emerging arts leaders to curate regular socials that showcase the amazing creative talent of our city.

Where: The Pink Room, YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB

When: Thursday 30 March 2023 at 6–10pm

What: Music, spoken word, refreshments, conversation.

Tickets include a drinks token on entry and snacks will be available for attendees.

Good to know

Please note that we will be capturing photography on the night of the event. These images will be used to share news about our Creative Engagement programme and events across our social media channels, website and press activity.

If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of our team know on the night or in advance by emailing

If you would benefit from coming into the space a little early before it becomes busy, please book an Access – Early Entry ticket, and you will be welcome to arrive from 5.30pm.

This event will be BSL interpreted by Tony Redshaw.

Access Information

The event takes place in The Pink Room, Level 1, YES, 38 Charles St, Manchester M1 7DB.

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The main entrance to YES is on Charles Street, with three small steps up to the door. Step-free access is available through the side entrance to YES on the right-hand side of the building on Pritchard Street. From the Pritchard Street side entrance, you can press button 2, to take the lift to The Pink Room on Level 1, where the Artist Social will take place. Wheelchair movement will be possible through the venue. There is step-free access to all levels via the lift. The flooring is a mix of wood and concrete. The event will be set up as a standing gig with some seating available around the stage. If you have specific access needs, please email prior to the event.

Tickets enable wristband access to the performances that Kao Hove and mandla rae have curated for you within The Pink Room. You are also welcome to visit other levels of YES throughout the evening.

On the evening of the Artist Social, it may be crowded in The Pink Room, and there will be musicians and drag performers on stage throughout the evening. There will be a bar operating in The Pink Room, and the upper floors of YES also have quieter bar areas that can serve as a more chilled out space. There is also a separate designated quiet space available, please flag to a member of the front-of-house team as required.

The Artist Social starts at 6pm and runs until 10pm. If you would benefit from coming into the space a little early before it becomes busy, please book an Access – Early Entry ticket, and you will be welcome to arrive from 5.30pm. The event will conclude in The Pink Room at 10pm, then you are welcome to continue on in the other bar spaces within other floors of YES.

This event will be BSL interpreted by Tony Redshaw.

Accessible toilets are available at YES, including outside The Pink Room.

Travel information

St Peter’s Square Metrolink station, M2 5PD, is approximately 0.4 miles from YES on Charles Street. Piccadilly Metrolink Station, M60 7RA, is approximately 0.5 miles from YES on Charles Street. All platforms at Metrolink stations have step-free access to the platforms. The links above have detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services pass close to YES, passenger can disembark on Oxford Road approximately 0.2 miles from YES. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. The 85, 85A, 86, 250 and 263 bus routes pass close to YES on Oxford Road. For full details of Transport for Greater Manchester’s bus routes, please visit the TFGM website.

The nearest car park is NCP Manchester Palace on Atwood Street (M1 6NE for SatNav), which is approximately 0.2 miles from YES on Charles Street and has 4 accessible spaces. There is also NCP Manchester Oxford Street (M1 5EJ), which is approximately 0.3 miles from YES on Charles Street and has 9 accessible spaces. These NCP spaces operate on a first-come, first-served basis. For a list of Blue Badge parking bays available in the area, please visit the Manchester City Council website.

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