Local Exchange is the Royal Exchange's ambitious, long-term programme that sees the theatre take up residency in communities across Greater Manchester.

Local Exchange is for you, for your friends, your family, your neighbours and for anyone who is curious about the work of the Royal Exchange Theatre and wants to find out more about what we do or how to get involved.

This aspiring programme has been developed for and with communities across the region, it builds upon existing partnerships, develops new connections and brings together people, places and artists to cement long-lasting relationships with the communities on our doorstep.

Each year the Exchange begins a new residency developing close relationships with local partners such as housing associations, libraries, foodbanks and arts organisations to find out what’s happening on the ground in each area. Alongside these initial partnerships we also recruit a group of local ambassadors, people who are passionate about the place they live in and excited by everything that arts and culture have to offer. Together with professional artists and the team at the Royal Exchange we develop projects, workshops, performances and events that are tailor-made for each individual community.

There will also be lots of training opportunities, the chance to develop new skills, meet new people and create a festival of arts and culture for the Den.

To find out more or to get involved please contact engage@royalexchange.co.uk.

Local Exchange 4 Year Plan

Communities outside of the city centre really need these opportunities in order to grow, to increase diversity and broader thinking. Please continue this initiative – it is very much appreciated!”
A Tameside resident