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The Village

Centring on Canal Street, The Village is the heart of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community in Manchester. And when we say community, we mean community.

The Village is completely focused on its LGBT community. The bars on Canal Street are exclusively gay, though they are more relaxed about admitting straight customers than they used to be. Action groups and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation offer help and guidance on gay issues. There is even a choir.

Twice a year the Village plays host to festivals celebrating queer culture. In May it is QueerUpNorth, Europe's biggest festival of queer arts. The Village is taken over with theatre, art installations and live music, as well as some explorations into queer politics. August sees the arrival of Manchester Pride, a week-long party that has some of the biggest clubbing events of the year in its calendar. During Manchester Pride the Village becomes absolutely rammed with gay clubbers from around the UK, and the area is closed to anyone who does not have a ticket. 

For the rest of the year the bars and clubs in the area keep the Village going, providing a boisterous and friendly subsection of Manchester's famous nightlife. The popularity of the Village is further enhanced by the area's immortalisation in the acclaimed drama Queer as Folk. Investors can be assured that there will always be a market for properties in The Village - but if you like a quiet life, you may find that Chorlton-cum-Hardy provides a better option.