The magnificently refurbished Central Library is ‘not only the city’s study, but also the city’s living room’. So, alongside an unrivalled hub of information and education, it’s also a new place to meet and socialise, a place to engage with cultural output, a place that invites you to think and contribute, to be entertained and provoked. For the city’s events organisers, festival bookers, arts promoters and those who make the cultural calendar buzz, it boasts a number of rooms and spaces under one roof. The prestige of the building speaks for itself, but the practicalities of the city centre location with excellent transport links, the adaptability of the Performance Space, the access to archival, technical and media resources – these speak directly to the needs of artists and promoters. Music, drama, dance, comedy, spoken word, city festivals and family activities all play out here.
The Performance Space The Performance Space is housed on the Library’s ground floor. Internally, the room sits alongside Archives+ and the BFI Mediatheque and its wealth of resources, with the landmark Midland Hotel forming the external backdrop beyond the grand floor-to-ceiling windows. The space can be easily subdivided into 3 distinct areas. Users can opt for a full black-out for projection screenings with equipment. Full audio facilities are also in place to offer a versatile home for a variety of events. The whole space comfortably seats 150 theatre style or 60 cabaret style.
If you’re interested in using the Performance Space for hosting your cultural event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposal.