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ABTT Visit to Manchester International Festival

presents a visit to:

Manchester International Festival

POSTPONED – New Date to be Published

Venue: Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA

Time: Meeting on ground floor reception at 1pm for at 1.30pm start


PDF to download with Visit Information: ABTT MIF 5th Dec 2017 with MIFMIF

Please arrive on time having had something to eat.  When we finish if you are not rushing off to catch a train there will be the opportunity to have a few drinks and chat more informally.

RSVP to Elysia in the ABTT Office to confirm your attendance: or 0207 242 9200

The Manchester International Festival have invited ABTT members and members of the Production Managers Forum to visit the MIF to hear about the last festival, and to visit one of the sites that was repurposed to create this hugely successful event. From its first festival in 2007 to this year’s event MIF has established itself as a biannual Festival that surprises and challenges.  Attracting artists as diverse as Bjork to Wayne McGregor, Mr Tumble to Massive Attack, from Snoop Dogg to Arvo Pärt the technical challenges have always been significant, reopening derelict buildings, creating secret venues, using churches and mosques, all within a crammed city environment, the ask has never been simple but it has always been achieved.

Technical Director Jack Thompson and his team are inviting us to find out how they do it.

MIF are also the managing the new venue The Factory, a venue that proudly boasts will “make Manchester and the wider region a genuine cultural counterbalance to London”. A space that will cover 13,500 square meters and will be flexible enough to accommodate combined audiences of up to 6,500, although it is envisaged that it will operate mainly as a 1,500 seat theatre space plus a 5,000 capacity flexible performance space (the warehouse).  The Factory is still under construction but as part of the team that conceived the project Jack and his team will share the ambitions for the Factory.

MIF Location


Blackfriars House, Parsonage, Manchester M3 2JA