We must break the news to you all that Subrosa is to close in three months time and will close officially for the last time on 31st May 2015.
After negotiations with the landlord, a decision was made to activate the break clause in the lease for 27 Lloyd Street South. This was due to the recognition that Subrosa would not be financially sustainable in the near future.
However, this does not mean the end for Manchester Social Centre. After a year in which we have hosted many different events, it is clear that Manchester needs a social centre. Over the past year we’ve hosted film viewings, poetry readings, gigs, meetings and fundraisers, providing a space for environmental campaigners, anti-capitalists of all stripes, members of the LGBTQ community, migrant solidarity groups and independent journalists, amongst others.
We will now focus our efforts on exploring options for a new building and fundraising, with the aim to reopen as soon possible. Although we’ll be sad to see Subrosa close, this is an exciting opportunity for us to move to a building with greater potential to fulfil a wider range of purposes.
We will be holding fundraisers over the coming months, so keep an eye on the website and Facebook for opportunities to give your support or get involved. If you would like to donate to help our efforts towards securing a new space, you can do so by visiting our GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/subrosa
Until it closes, Subrosa will continue to operate as normal and will be available for event bookings. Rent and bills will still need to be paid, so please do continue to support the space over the next few months.
We would like to thank everyone who has assisted in the development and upkeep of Subrosa since its inception. Whether you’ve volunteered in our kitchen, held events in the space, donated items or funds, done DIY, bought food from us or even just made use of the space: thank you for supporting us over the last year.
Manchester Social Centre