ABC Weekender

ABC Buildings launches its new event spaces with three-day weekender of music, food, wellness, and fashion

ABC Buildings, the eponymous 1960s mid-century creative hub situated on Quay Street, Enterprise City launched its Roofdeck & Dome, ABC Gallery and Side Street Studio with a three-day weekender of art, wellness, food, fashion, music, comedy, and family fun.

The action-packed three-day weekend of activities kicked-off with a keynote talk and panel session on the sunny roofdeck from Monique Carayol, Ex-NHS board executive director, and a coach for theMakings. Monique discussed brave leadership as she aims to inspire and encourage confidence within people to progress their careers and leadership journey. The panel discussion on Empowering Your Future Leaders was led by founders of theMakings, Lucy Allen and Sinéad Millard. The coaches were joined by some esteemed guests from the media and creative industries to discuss their experiences and leadership journeys.

Martin Bruce, content editor at BBC Studios, Victoria Poole, head of marketing at Gravity Media and Fiona McAllister, script executive at Quay Street Productions, shared their first-hand stories of leading and managing in a creative organisation.

The second day of events began with a vintage flea market on the Roofdeck & Dome with sellers offering one-off and unique pieces from decades gone by. There was also delicious street food and cocktails on offer all day with pop-up bars and food vendors including The Pasta Factory and Charlie Mac’s. Saturday came to a close with a Northern Soul takeover at Side Street Studio courtesy of DJs from Reform Radio. The ground floor events space on Lower Byrom Street was buzzing until late with the soulful sounds of the 1960s.

The last day began with relaxing morning yoga with Yogasoul, followed by healthy juices and breakfast served on the rooftop. Yoga mats replaced the vintage clothes rails that had filled the dome just hours before and guests were treated to a zen start to the final day of the ABC Weekender.

As Sunday was also Father’s Day, families had the opportunity to celebrate the occasion with crafts and a kids rave hosted by Big Fish Little Fish. Strobe lights, balloons and a foam machine proved that you don’t have to be over 18 to know how to throw big box, little box dance moves.

To end the weekend, there was an exclusive stand-up comedy show in Side Street Studio bringing a barrel of laughs to the bar and creative venue.

Throughout the weekend The ABC Gallery hosted 70 The Exhibition by Monica Colussi. The display was developed to celebrate the life and reign of Her Majesty the Queen, in honour of the Platinum Jubilee. It showcases the Queen’s private persona as well as her public one through over 30 pieces. The exhibition is open to the public until 28th July.

All Work & Social, the experience operating partner curated the weekend on behalf of ABC Buildings. Specialising in elevated experiences, All Work & Social have crafted several unique hospitality venues within Spinningfields and Enterprise City, Manchester. With a dedicated food and beverage team, they provide hospitality, bar service and catering for any events. To enquire about how you can host your next event at the ABC Buildings Roofdeck & Dome, ABC Gallery or Side Street Studio get in touch with All Work & Social’s events team at