Recently launched by acting coach and arts entrepreneur Simon Naylor, 53two has leapt into pole position as the biggest arts space in Manchester. To announce itself to the city, the venue has unveiled ‘nom nom’, its free foodie fringe event running alongside the 2016 Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

Promising a ‘smorgasbord of flavours’, the weekend of 1-2 October boasts a drinks menu of Manchester gin, craft ales and bespoke coffee, with freshly squeezed juices for alcohol-free options. On the food front, nom nom will lay out a platter worthy of its introduction to the city’s cultural landscape.

Based at the former Bauer Millett luxury car showroom set into the railway arches under Deansgate station, 53two spans two distinct rooms, one operating as a cafe and food outlet (’53’), with the other featuring a theatre and function space (‘two’). It’s in the larger room that an accompanying exhibition is planned, featuring the shortlisted 30 who’ve been whittled down from over 1,000 entrants to Yelp’s #capturemcr photography competition.

Established as a charity aiming to channel any profits back into supporting emerging actors, Simon Naylor’s vision for 53two captured the imaginations of the building’s current owners, Ask Real Estate, whose open call for placemaking ventures attracted more than 20 submissions. Anyone trying to locate the venue might find help within its name – 53two refers to the building’s coordinates.


‘nom nom’ will take place on the weekend of 1-2 October, 2016, running from 11.30am-5.30pm. Entry is free, but ticketed, so advance booking is recommended.

8 Albion St
M1 5NZ

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