New Manchester venue, Partisan, opens tonight with full weekend programme

The crowd-funded Cheetham Hill co-operative aims to provide a new home for everything from activism and politics to art, music and cinema.

By Martin Guttridge Hewitt | 28 July 2017

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It has been just over a year since we reported that a brand new creative and collective space was coming to our hometown. After 12 months of fundraising, negotiating, and contract signing, the address is now ready to be unveiled. 

Tonight, Friday 28th July, a fresh face to the city’s event map opens, kick starting three days of activities at what should be a welcome addition to Manchester’s alternative landscape.

Partisan, which is located at 19 Cheetham Hill Road, is further evidence that some of the most interesting destinations are now found on the fringes of our city centre. The aim of the space is to provide a home for DIY, grass roots, cultural and political activities, offering a very different take on what a venue can be, with the launch weekend setting out to prove that point.

This evening will see music take centre stage from 7PM. Saturday follows suit, whilst also featuring a range of workshops on trade, housing and more. Tomorrow’s event will be followed by an afters running through the night at one of our favourite nocturnal spots, The White Hotel, in Salford, with DJs from much-loved Manchester session Meat Free in control of the system.

Sunday, meanwhile, will include afternoon voguing, female-led DJ, and accountability workshops, before GMHA– Greater Manchester Housing Action- screens Half Way, a critically acclaimed documentary about homelessness, concluding with a conference on similar issues.

We’ve included the full programme of events below, along with a trailer for the film. Anyone interested in hiring the space should contact The site also has office and shared workspace options available, so drop a line to if you’re in the market.

Weekend tickets are priced at £10 for those with a wage, £5 for people on low income, and a simple donation for unwaged attendees, with an option to pay a £20 ‘solidarity’ rate if you like, helping to generate more funds to ensure the venue can meet running costs in the coming months. Those up for just one of the days will get half price entry based on these rates.

For full details of Partisan itself, check the website here.