Thursday, February 22

53two launch charity auction to continue their journey in supporting underserved artists & developing their accessible venue

In May, 53two opened the doors to its bar/café arts venue – a hub for creatives across Greater Manchester to meet, work and play together. At the end of June, their pop-up ‘Studio’ space was opened for theatrical and event bookings. The 60-seat studio space, designed to be a stop-gap, will house short-plays, new writing nights, intimate gigs and events until they can open their 150 seater venue early next year.

Whilst they are open and functioning, they still have some way to go to make the venue as brilliant and accessible as they possibly can. For this, they’re looking to you!

Manchester giants have donated auction items for you to view and bid on over the next couple of weeks. From Damon Albarn tickets at Manchester Central & Parklife Weekend VIP Passes, to Afternoon Tea in the arches & signed Steve Evets prints. Some of the lots also include a bespoke floor plate, designed by Manchester maker Liam Hopkins of Lazerian. These, inscribed with your personal message, will find a home in the floor of the venue to be there for ever – you can have one of just the 136 made.

Auction ends on ‘Freedom Day’ – Monday 19th July

Damon Albarn tickets must be sold by 12th July – concert is on 13th July.

To take a look at the auction lots, head to