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The International Anthony Burgess Foundation is a unique venue within one of Manchester’s oldest mill buildings. The high-quality conversion retains original architectural features – plenty of brickwork akin to a New York comedy club – and houses Burgess’s own furniture and musical instruments to create a distinctive location for your event.
Along with the old, we also have the new: you will find modern audio-visual facilities on hand to bring your event to life. The room can seat up to 110 people, depending on how you want to set up. (Ready to request a hire? Scroll down and fill in our quick request form.)
We also have a café bar which is perfect for a relaxed location for your audience or guests before they move into the main venue. Refreshments and catering can be provided and we offer buffet meals and drinks receptions, tea, coffee, cakes and snacks to suit all budgets. We can recommend the roasted veg and hummus sandwiches!
The Engine House is ideal for concerts, readings, conferences, launches, plays, workshops, away-days, lectures, film screenings, discussion and in-conversation events as well as receptions, lunches and private parties.
We have an experienced and friendly team who will help your event run smoothly. Details of our facilities can be found beneath the video below. Tell us about your event requirements – scroll down this page and fill in our quick request form. If you want to talk about your event further, please contact Ian Carrington on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 235 0776.
We have recently hosted events with (deep breath): Psappha, Manchester Pride, Kei Miller, Elif Shafak, Howard Jacobson, Alex Bellos, Olivia Laing, Chuck Palahniuk, Jonathan Meades, Hollie McNish and Henry Normal. We have also hosted conferences, workshops and away-days for The British Council, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester City Council, the Arts Marketing Association and the Performing Arts Network and Development Agency (PANDA), plus featured as a venue for the Manchester Literature Festival, Manchester Gothic Festival and Manchester Science Festival.
View our Dropbox gallery to see more. Download our tech list here: International Anthony Burgess Foundation tech list 2016 (PDF). Download a list of frequently asked questions here (includes, you’ll be pleased to know, answers): FAQs (PDF)