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Manchester International Festival founder Alex Poots to leave after 10 years

Alex Poots. Photo: Liz Lock/Mishka Henner
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Manchester International Festival founder Alex Poots is to step down as chief executive and artistic director after next year’s event.

He is leaving to commence his new role as founding chief executive and artistic director of New York’s Culture Shed – a centre for “artistic and cultural innovation” expected to open in 2018.

Poots said he had experienced “the best 10 years” of his professional life working on the festival, and explained: “I have decided to move on while I’m still excited and engaged by this incredible job and remarkable city.”

Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese added: “Alex has done a remarkable job in establishing MIF as a significant player in the global arts scene, enhancing Manchester’s profile in the process.

“I’m sure MIF 2015 will be better than ever and know that when Alex does hand over the reins he will leave an organisation in great shape.”

A successor will be announced early next year.

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