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The Factory

The Factory is a world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester, operated by Manchester International Festival. The Factory will give audiences the opportunity to enjoy the broadest range of art forms and cultural experiences – including dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, spoken word, popular culture and innovative contemporary work incorporating multiple media and technologies. Artists from across the world will be invited to create new work in the building’s extraordinary spaces.

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Creative 50

This year, MIF has invited 50 emerging creative individuals across Greater Manchester to join us on a three-month journey towards the Festival, using new digital tools and technologies to develop their practice and respond to the MIF17 programme. Creative50 includes an array of creative practitioners from a range of disciplines, including writers, filmmakers, visual artists, designers, performers, poets, musicians and many others.

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Megan Marie Griffith

Theatre Maker / Producer

Elisa Morais

Animation / Filmmaker

Jon Howard

Digital Artist / Filmmaker

Tasha Whittle

Visual Artist

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