New Century celebrates 60 years since its iconic building originally opened as a state-of-the-art dance hall in 1963, revealing a full year of special events to mark the anniversary.

As part of the festivities, the building, which reopened in 2022, as a music venue, social space and kitchen, will collaborate with the British Culture Archive for an exhibition that explores life in Manchester in 1963 vs 2023.

To help shape the exhibition, the New Century team and the British Culture Archive would like to hear from anyone with memories of the New Century Hall – particularly anyone with images and memorabilia of this legendary venue during the 1960s. New Century Hall will also be hosting a special crowdsourcing day on Sat 27 May between 11am-1pm, where people are invited to bring in any memorabilia they might have.

Although the exhibition will focus on New Century Hall in 1963, the project will explore all of Manchester life around that year, and so the teams would love to hear from people who have any photographs of their life in Manchester around that time. Anyone interested in taking part can email with any images and memorabilia that they have, alongside any memories.

A documentary photographer will also be commissioned to capture Manchester as we’re experiencing it in 2023 and the result will be a unique and authentic look at our city from the perspective, then and now, of this iconic building.

The exhibition will be unveiled in July with a full programme of special events and gigs to be revealed throughout the course of the year.

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Fri 24 Feb, New Century,
34 Hanover St, Manchester M4 4AH
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 23 May 2023