Photo credit: Jan Chlebik

Chaos To Order brings a week of curated events and experiments to Manchester’s Central Library this November through internationally acclaimed band Everything Everything.

Between Monday 10th and Saturday 15th November, an eclectic mix of renowned performance companies, talented multi instrumentalists, musicians, writers, a dance company and 13 emerging young musicians from across Greater Manchester will, together with the Ivor Novello and Mercury Prize nominated band, challenge perceptions and test the limits of what a 21st century library can really be.

Alongside working on material from their forthcoming album, Everything Everything will spend the week publically composing new songs in response to the iconic Grade II*listed building’s extraordinary architecture.

As a band we see Manchester Central Library as the brain of the city; the place where a vast collection of often contradictory interpretations reside and are presented impartially. When we discussed these thoughts with other artists whom we admire, the ideas snowballed and the result is a vibrant ‘chaotic’ week of extraordinary occurrences and performances that will bring the audience into the action.

A mixture of free drop-in and ticketed events will be on offer.


  • Dumblove Encounters’ 1 minute long intimate theatre performances happen daily in Central Library’s great glass elevators.
  • Emma Jane Unsworth, author of the Caitlin Moran-endorsed book, Animals, will be the Chaos To Order Writer In Residence and host daily readings of Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems and Q & A sessions with some of the most up and coming contemporary writers in the UK as well as hosting drop-in workshop sessions in one of the city’s newest social spaces.

Monday 10th November

  • The audience find themselves in on the act in a part-performance, part-installation from Matthew Bourne and Christophe De Bezenac.
  • BBC Radio 3’s In Tune will broadcast live from the library with Violinist Lucy Russell and Harpsichord player Peter Seymour.
  • playing lost Vivaldi sonatas that were rediscovered in the Henry Watson Music Library.

Thursday 13th November

  • In collaboration with HOME and North West Film Archive singer-songwriter Josephine will perform against a backdrop of historical footage from the archive collections.

Friday 14th November

  • Quarantine performance company will present a mass spoken-word choir under the magnificent dome of the Henry Wolfson Reading Room.
  • BBC 6 Music’s Radcliffe and Maconie show will be broadcast live in full view of the public, with guests including Guy Garvey, New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Everything Everything.
  • Contemporary musician Kiran Leonard will perform an original composition of five movements specially commissioned for the residency entitled Derevaun Seraun.

Saturday 15th November

  • Free performance where Everything Everything will showcase their new compositions in the unique surrounds of Central Library, as well as playing snippets from their forthcoming album. The finale event will be interspersed with performances from their artist collaborators throughout the week-long residency. Ticket registration for the finale event is open.

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “Our vision for a transformed Central Library was to bring in new audiences, to experience the wide variety of activities and facilities on offer in this iconic building.

“The Everything Everything residency has presented us with this fantastic opportunity to invite young musicians and artists from across the city to work creatively in a unique library setting, alongside experts in the industry.”

Whilst some Everything Everything present Chaos To Order events will happen in Central Library’s public spaces, certain events have limited capacity therefore booking is recommended.

All events are free. For further information and to register, please visit:

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