MANCHESTER CONCORD HAS MOVED
From Wednesday the 19th of April we meet in the downstairs bar of VIA.
This bar is known as POLARI.
To get there from Villaggio's, turn left out of the building, go up Canal street, cross over Sackville Street, go past the Rembrandt and into the first door of VIA.
To enter, go in the front door on Canal street then go to the far end of the main bar and turn left down a small flight of stairs to a lower bar. Go through this lower bar to the far end where you will see some stairs to the right. Go down these stairs and then through the doors on the right.
There is a well equipped changing facility at the far end of this room available members
The Committee have decided to waive the normal door charge, so entrance will be free.
Our meeting times will be the same as before, from 7 - 11 pm.
For some of the story of why we have chosen POLARI please see Mary's blog for the 29th of March 2017.
Manchester Concord Advice for New Visitors
How the Concord works for You
Concord is a Social club that meets every week in the downstairs bar of Via (Polari) on Canal street which is part of the "Gay Village" in Manchester. It is available for all Transgender people as a regular venue where they can come along and meet old and new friends. It has a licensed bar and we do not play loud music so it is comfortable for talking. We run various events throughout the year to add interest to as many of the evenings as possible. See the coming events page for more details.Benefits of being a member of the Manchester Concord »
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Many of our new visitors and members ask similar questions and we have tried to gather these together and answer them in a easy fashion.Read our FAQ's »
Places to Stay near the Village
There are quite a number of places to stay near our venue and we list them all at the link given here. Note that all the places listed are quite used to having Transgender clients so please dont worry about approaching any of them.Our suggested hotels and places to stay near the Gay Village »
Personal Safety Awareness
The Gay Village around Canal Street in Manchester is an area which has been popular with Transgender people for many years. It has many Bars, Restaurants & Hotels which are, accepting & friendly towards trans-people.
Depending on when you visit the Village, the atmosphere can range from quiet and relaxed to busy, exciting & wild.Contine reading our Safety Advice »
About the Manchester Concord
A group has been meeting in the Gay Village in Manchester since 1986.
Manchester Concord itself was started in 2008
The primary purposes of this group are:
- To provide a reliable friendly place where newcomers to the transgendered scene can come and meet other like minded people in what is undoubtedly the most tranny-friendly location in the country. It is just the place for people who like crossdressing.
- To provide a convivial place where old and new members can come as often or rarely as they please to meet and talk with their friends.
- To get together with friends from the club from time to time at other venues, such as restaurants and shows.
- To support any other relevant transgender functions or groups.
- To have fun
One of the other things we wanted for this club was to provide a means for the members to easily communicate with each other outside the confines of the wednesday evening meetings. To this end Astrid has set up a Forum exclusively for Manchester Concord members which we hope will enable our members to help each other and to organise other activities themselves.
Understanding the term Transgender
Finally, we should make it clear, that the term TRANSGENDER is intended by us, to include all levels of crossdressers, transvestites and transsexuals, who are all welcome at our club.
Crossdressing is not an illness, or a disease, it's a lifestlye decision made by the individual based on his or her likes or dislikes. Transsexualism is a condition where the person truly believes they have the wrong body for their brain gender. Neither crossdressing or transsexualism infers the person has a mental health problem, so if you fit either of these descriptions come and join us and let us help you make the first steps to meet the world on your terms.
Find Manchester Concord
The group meets in Polari which is the basement of Via, 28-30 Canal Street, Manchester, UK, M1 3EZ