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Introducing Manchesters New Culture Powerhouse, Factory

Discover Factory – the space that’s set to change the face of culture in Manchester.

From helping emerging artists to the city’s economy, there’s a hell of a lot going for Factory. Manchester has long been a place for creativity and innovation and now Factory is taking our city’s culture offering to a whole new level.

Set in the new creative St. John’s neighbourhood, Factory is a huge 13,500 square metre space where local and global artists will be able to showcase their work on a larger scale than ever before.

Manchesters creative talent will get a welcome push from The Factory’s programme of BACKstage training and skills for people living across GM. Not just good news for creatives, the space is set to create 1,500 jobs for the city over the next decade and generate a huge £1.1 billion boost to Manchesters economy over that time.

Manchester International Festival (MIF) will take charge here, creating the artistic programme for the venue. The building’s unique structure means it’s able to host everything from intimate performances to concerts and immersive experiences like opera, theatre, music and dance.

A project of this scale takes some equally big funding. Manchester City Council has contributed £40.57 million, along with £7 million Lottery funding from the Arts Council (going for approval in January 2019) and £78.05 million Treasury investment. Funding from central government comes in part from the fact that there’s nothing similar to Factory in the UK or even Europe. With up to 850,000 visitors a year, it’s clear that Factory will play a key role in the push to increase Manchesters global reputation. 

The main construction works are set to begin very soon with the building forming the heart of 2021’s Manchester International Festival. It’s not just big news for our city, Factory will be a world-leading cultural space, drawing visitors and artists from across the globe and putting Manchester firmly on the international map. 

Find out more at stjohnsmanchester.com/factory.

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