What is The Factory?
The Factory is a world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester. Building on the success
of Manchester International Festival (MIF), it will introduce the world’s most exciting artists to audiences
of up to 850,000 a year, drawn from across the city, as well as nationally and internationally.
At 13,500 square metres, The Factory will be ultra-flexible, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention
and ambition that isn't made anywhere else. Dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture
and innovative contemporary work incorporating the latest digital technologies will come together in
ground-breaking combinations. Here, the world’s best artists will let their imaginations run free, as
they experiment, embark on new collaborations, the fruits of which will be premiered in Manchester before
travelling the world.
MIF will run The Factory, overseeing the development of a creative and cultural programme that will be internationally
important and reach out into every corner of Manchester, harnessing the talent and energy to be found
across the city.
The Festival will also continue to be presented every two years, in venues around the city and in The
Factory itself, after it opens.