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Manchester International Festival to run year-round programme at Factory

Factory is being designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA. Photo: OMA
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Manchester International Festival has been announced as the operator of the city’s new flagship arts venue Factory.

MIF will create a year-round programme for the £110 million venue – which was given planning approval by council bosses today – as well as run the venue.

It has also been announced that Mark Ball, currently artistic director of the London International Festival of Theatre, will become associate artistic director of MIF and will lead on the creation and delivery of Factory’s programme outside MIF.

He will also work alongside artistic director John McGrath to create a unified artistic vision for the venue and the festival.

Ball has led LIFT since 2009 and will join MIF, which currently operates a biennial festival, in June of this year.

Factory had originally been planned to open in 2019 in time for that year’s MIF, but will now open its doors in early 2020 and host its first MIF in 2021.

It is being designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA, and will be the company’s first major public building in the UK.

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