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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:23 PM   #41
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So, basically this is a major cultural festival in Manchester.

A year before Liverpool is going to be European Capital of Culture....

Maybe a bit of a spoiling tactic from Manchester over their neighbour?
Not in any way. Hopefully the Manchester International Festival will simply build on the success of other recent and successful big events.....nobody in their right mind would suggest Manchester tries to lie low while Liverpool is European Capital of Culture. All the better if both Manchester and Liverpool can aspire to bigger things, for we certainly already know how to pull in the punters in both. It's a non-issue re Liverpool.
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Gorillaz Demon Days Live nominated for Grammy

7th December 2006




Nominations for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced on 7 December 2006 by The Recording Academy® reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, new up-and-comers are nominated alongside established artists and a diverse array of producers and other creative professionals garner multiple nominations. The press event was held at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood and was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives.



In the General Field, Gorillaz with Demon Days - Live In Manchester (J.C. Hewlett, video director) are nominated for Best Long Form Music Video. Gorillaz Demon Days Live was the Manchester International Festival's first pre-festival commission and took place at the Opera House in Manchester in November 2005.




The 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on "GRAMMY Sunday," Feb. 11, 2007, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles
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Corporate Membership Scheme Launched

20th December 2006

Businesses now invited to demonstrate their support and enjoy the benefits of association with Manchester International Festival


Opportunities to participate in something truly special are rare. Rarer still are events that enable participants to develop a sense of pride in the city in which they live. Those that were privileged to be part of the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002 experience will understand this perspective very clearly, and will have seen how Manchester has re-positioned itself both nationally and internationally as a result of the Games.

Manchester City Council quickly recognised that providing Manchester with an international focus to follow the Games would help to sustain the momentum behind Manchester's physical and economic development. Welcome to the Manchester International Festival...

The inaugural Festival will be the world's first international festival of original, new work - created by leading artists from across the spectrum of credible popular culture, innovation and music. Drawing from the city's pivotal role in music, the Festival programme will focus on new music - premiering work by established and emerging musicians.




Media and Commercial Partnerships

MIF is delighted to be working with both the Guardian Media Group and the BBC as Media Partners. This powerful combination will ensure that the Festival has a strong national and international reach through TV and radio programmes, editorial and promotional coverage and on-line activities including regular podcasts from the Festival

The Festival has agreed terms with a number of key businesses within the region, including United Utilities, NWDA, and Bruntwood as Official Sponsors, and Manchester Airports Group as Official Supporters. Together these businesses have committed over £2.5 million to the Festival and have been essential to the Festival's success to date.



Benefits

Many of the Festival's events will be extremely high profile and MIF will also host a number of spectacular receptions during the Festival period. These events will cater predominantly for the artists performing in specific shows, with MIF also inviting business leaders, senior politicians, leading figures from the media, and other VIPs to attend. Corporate Members will be invited to take part in these events.

The major benefits of association are:

Designation as a MIF Corporate Member
Name credit in the MIF brochure
Name credit on Corporate Members' page on MIF website
Complimentary tickets (4) to a choice of Festival Events
Access to hospitality at MIF Events
Access to corporate hospitality functions
Free Festival Membership and benefits for Corporate Member staff (limited to 75 employees)
PDF overview of Manchester International Festival events for e-distribution to staff
£4,500 + VAT



For more information on Corporate Membership, please contact Catherine Pank on 0161 238 7327 or at cpank@manchesterinternationalfestival.com
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So if I become a corporate member I get all those perks AND £4,500 + VAT? Coool!
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Manchester International Festival 2007 awarded Lever Prize

10th January 2007

North West's top companies award arts prize to inaugural festival




The North West's leading businesses have awarded the 2007 Lever Prize, an annual award for world-class cultural organisations in the region, to Manchester International Festival.



The £10,000 cash award, given by the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT) and supplemented by a similar level of support from Arts & Business North West (A&B NW), aims to bring business and culture closer together, and to revive the philanthropic traditions practised by successful industrialists of the past. The Lever Prize winner is selected by the NWBLT, made up of the leaders of 27 of the region's largest businesses, in partnership with Culture Northwest and A&B NW.

The Lever Prize was inspired by William H. Lever (later Lord Leverhulme), the Bolton-born soap magnate famed for his grand-scale patronage of cultural organisations, as seen in the Lever Free Library and Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral.

Manchester International Festival (MIF) - the world's first international festival of original, new work - will take place between 28th June and 15th July 2007 and thereafter every two years. The idea to launch an international festival was first conceived by Manchester City Council who subsequently appointed Alex Poots as Festival Director.

The judges were impressed by the breadth and scope of the Festival, with a programme created by leading artists from across the spectrum of popular culture, innovation and the arts. They were also attracted by the Festival's unique approach in delivering a programme of newly commissioned work, which reflects the NWBLT's commitment to innovation and world-class research and development.

The Festival has already staged two successful pre-festival commissions, the first of which saw the musicians behind Gorillaz - the world's first virtual band - play their multi-million selling album Demon Days live over five nights at the Manchester Opera House in November 2005. Other commissions announced at this stage include Monkey: Journey to the West, a groundbreaking circus opera with musical score by Damon Albarn and visual concept, costume and set design from Jamie Hewlett, the artists behind Gorillaz, and Il Tempo del Postino, a major time-based group show featuring some of the world's leading artists. The Festival will also premiere a new version of The Pianist, based upon the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, which will bring together internationally acclaimed concert pianist Mikhail Rudy and leading theatre director Neil Bartlett.

Aside from the cash prize, Manchester International Festival will also have the opportunity to develop important links with businesses in the region. Several initiatives for engagement with NWBLT members aiming to bring business and culture together have already been proposed, in keeping with the wishes of Lord Leverhulme. Arts and Business will also provide guidance, advice and consultancy services to the Festival to ensure that these projects come to fruition.



'We are committed to developing a world-class international festival for the region, and are delighted that the NWBLT has chosen to recognise us and show such commitment from this early stage' commented Alex Poots, Festival Director. 'The Lever Prize will allow the Festival to build serious and lasting partnerships with NWBLT members for 2007 and beyond, and this award will help us to look at the range of innovative and creative ways in which cultural organisations and business can work together.'



Stuart Chambers, NWBLT Chairman commented: 'The Lever Prize aims to restore the tradition of business philanthropy towards culture, and is awarded to an organisation or project of potentially international significance. Manchester International Festival clearly fulfils this objective, with an ambitious anddiverse programme of new work by some of the world's major cultural figures. The Festival's desire to work closely with North West businesses reinforces the key messages behind the award; that culture is good for business and involvement in the arts is a positive thing for the workforce, customers and stakeholders.'
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Old February 7th, 2007, 12:34 PM   #46
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Just look what company this festival is in!!

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What do the Creation Museum in Boone County, Ky., the Grand Canyon Skywalk and New York City's New Museum of Contemporary Art have in common?

They all made the list of "12 Most Intriguing New Things for 2007," selected by the Web site sixnewthings.com.

The Dallas-based Web site identifies six new things in 70 selected cities each month, highlighting everything from restaurants and roller coasters to architecture and theater.

The "Most Intriguing" list is an annual offering of some of the most eye-popping debuts ahead.

The Creation Museum, scheduled to open this spring in Petersburg, has stirred international controversy with its goal to debunk evolution and show the Bible as the true history of the world.

So what else made the list?

The Grand Canyon Skywalk - a horseshoe-shaped, glass enclosed, walkway extending 70 feet over the canyon's rim in Arizona.

Rosewood Mayakoba, a resort on Mexico's Riviera Maya opening in September and featuring suites, villas and a spa on individual islands.

New York City's New Museum of Contemporary Art, opening in the Bowery with a gravity-defying design.

Colborne Lane, a new Toronto restaurant for Claudio Aprile, who is the closest thing to a culinary rock star.

Shakespeare in Washington - a six-month tribute featuring programs by 60 arts organizations in the D.C. area.

"A Waitress in Yellowstone," the first musical by legendary playwright David Mamet, premiering this summer in the Los Angeles area.

Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180-acre tribute to sustainability, with "green" museums, botanical gardens, trails and concert spaces, opening this summer.

Olympic Sculpture Park on the Seattle waterfront, a project of the Seattle Art Museum that transformed a former industrial brownfield.

Kansas City, Mo. - yes, the whole city, which is opening a new sports arena, college basketball hall of fame, advertising icon museum, expanding its Nelson-Adkins Museum and creating a nine-block development project in downtown.

Victory Media Network in Dallas, which will open in March as the first large outdoor digital arts gallery to use high definition screens on movable tracks.

Manchester International Festival in Manchester, England, opening this summer, billed as the first international festival of original new work.
They should mix those things up a little...have Sir Michael Hucknall debunk evolution (only a glorious god in the ruby sky could've created such a fascinating creature).
Perhaps having trips across the grand canyon on 'monkey's' little pink cloud?

Has gone a little quiet on this festy thing though
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View The Schools Festival Song World Premiere

15th February 2007





On 4th December 2006, leading baritone Nick Garrett was joined by 8,000 schoolchildren from the northwest to perform the world premiere of The Schools Festival Song, the second pre festival commission from the Manchester International Festival.


This inspiring event was held at the MEN Arena in Manchester with the help of Young Voices, who stage the largest children's choir concerts in the world. The song, written by legendary film composer Ennio Morricone, with lyrics by Manchester novelist Nicholas Royle, proved to be a huge success at the city's annual Young Voices concert.

To view the live performance of The Schools Festival Song at the MEN Arena click here

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Old February 27th, 2007, 09:54 PM   #48
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The Manchester International Festival was just on channel 4 news. It was a report about an art piece by someone called McQueen featuring dead british soldiers on stamps in a cabinet. Apparently it's part of the festival.

THE WORK WILL BE EXIBITED IN THE GREAT HALL, CENTRAL LIBRARY, MANCHESTER FROM 28 FEBRUARY - 15 JULY 2007.
http://www.manchesterinternationalfe...ails.aspx?id=5

Check out the festival website as well. It looks like it's going to be really good, can't wait.

http://www.manchesterinternationalfestival.com/
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Old March 5th, 2007, 02:27 PM   #49
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Has anyone volunteered? I did today. And registered for Glasto'! woo hoo
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The Festival Pavilion - designed by Stephenson Bell



Thu 28 June - Sun 15 July

The Festival Pavilion is the place to meet, talk, drink, eat, listen - and soak up the Festival's ambience and energy. It's also the place to find out what's happening in Manchester during the Festival. Located at Manchester Central (the new name for G-MEX/MICC), the Festival Pavilion is a beautifully dynamic space specially designed for the Festival by award-winning architects Stephenson Bell.
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Old March 20th, 2007, 09:16 PM   #51
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Manchester International Festival delivers the goods

Get excited about this. The city is about to get the festival it deserves. With Manchester International Festival (28 June-15 July), the director Alex Poots has pulled it off - so to speak.

The launch this Tuesday afternoon revealed a roster of top acts which will shoot the event into the Premier League of British festivals.

Some people at the launch were slapping each other on the back and saying it would give the city a European profile. Some, with the third glass of champagne in their hand, were talking about a festival with world status.

The key is originality. As Poots says, he was only interested in running the thing, “if it wasn’t just another festival. Given Manchester’s reputation for innovation it made sense to concentrate on new work.”

Bringing world or British premieres we have Kanye West, Lou Reed, William Orbit, PJ Harvey and crazed Spanish flamenco troupe Ojos de Brujo. Holding up the Manchester corner are The Fall, originally founded by Mark E Smith in the second century BC, and the Happy Mondays on their thousandth comeback.

There’s also a series of gargantuan, 20,000 strong, DJ meets VJ events at Manchester Central (that’s the silly new name for G-Mex and the Convention Centre, folks) with the likes of Laurent Garnier, Frankie Knuckles, Pete Tong and those veteran Manc movers and spinners, Unabombers.

In the same venue there will be The Great Indoors: an ambitious free festival within a festival incorporating shows and activities for the family. Other freebies take place in various venues including The Quays, Kro Piccadilly and down at Rusholme. We also get the much publicised Chinese circus opera, Monkey: Journey to the West, directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and composed by Damon Albarn with graphics from Jamie Hewlett.

Others to look out for include Interiors with Johnny Vegas which St Helen’s most famous son promises will satirise “the current obsession with property", and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, which brings film director Mike Figgis, the Halle Orchestra and a novel by Salmon Rushdie together.

For foodies the show-off piece will feature Heston Blumenthal from the Fat Duck in Bray cooking up something original in the Festival Pavilion, a sexy structure which will rise in front of Manchester Central. This will also be a place for people to meet and find out what’s happening.

It’s good stuff covering 25 events. At the launch Council Leader Sir Richard Leese got a little excited with himself and said that this was an event that proved Manchester had re-invented ‘urban living as the epitome of civilisation’. Steady on there Mr Knight of the Realm but we know where you’re coming from.

This is a savvy festival that will not only satisfy the audiences but will get headlines. And headlines mean a higher city profile and a boost to the economy. Liverpool, with Capital of Culture, seems to be going down the line of community projects and events in 2008 – nice, but you never get international brownie points for that.

By pitching high Manchester International Festival gets big names, column inches and excited audiences.

Well done Mr Poots.
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Thought it had gone a little quiet on this front...a good few titbits there to nodge on - cheers Marky.
Has anybody here signed up for membeship?

What we need is this guy to create his wall of sound over the event and we've nailed it (he might be doing long time porridge by then however).

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If this pavillion is the 'deignated meeting place', I hope they provide a constant stream of the free shuttle buses. Downtown Manchester covers a lot of real-estate, never mind stuff in Rusholme.

I'm disappointed in the dig at Liverpool's C of C though. We should be above taking cheap shots at our neighbour down river. Besides, our festival is a mere two week event whereas C of C is on all through 2008, so the part about who will get the most 'column inches' will probably be no contest, don't you think?
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Looks eclectic and interesting, but to be honest - and feel free to call me a fylistyne - I'm a little disappointed I wasted £20 on the membership card! The only thing I fancy going to other than the Monkey thing I already have tickets for, is maybe the Mondays - although their zillionth comeback would easily have happened regardless of the festival. Ho hum.

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Not what I expected with a £3m budget. At least the big white tent will be useful for other things in the future.
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where is the tent?? At the back of the GMEX, on the carpark?
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Looks like the front on the podium.
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Hello, don't know if this is of any interest, but some good coverage from the Daily Telegraph...

The ascent of Manchester
Jim White reports from the launch of the city's innovative and ambitious new festival

'I am so out of me depth,'' says Johnny Vegas as he stands in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, surrounded by people dressed in black who have spent much of the previous hour talking about artistic musicality, collaborative innovation and an auspicious gathering of artists sharing time and space together to form a community.
The portly comedian is at the launch of Manchester's first International Festival. It is a project of significant scale, which will kick off on June 28 with the first performance of an new opera written by Damon Albarn, based on an ancient Chinese tale called Monkey: Journey to the West.
"When they first asked me to get involved, I'd heard rumours of an opera featuring a monkey, so I thought, 'Aye-aye, not him again','' says Vegas, whose most widely-seen work was the television adverts for the ill-starred ITV Digital, in which he co-starred with a woollen monkey.
"But then they said they wanted me to write a piece of theatre, something I maybe could make for a festival that I couldn't take into a TV studio. And I have to admit I was terrified.''
Vegas's show, Interiors, has been co-written with Stewart Lee, the comedian behind Jerry Springer: The Opera. In it he plays a man who is selling his house in order to pursue exciting new property development opportunities in Montenegro; the audience are the prospective buyers.
"I'm forcing myself to get in touch with my metrosexual side,'' says Vegas. "Normally, I sit in the car park when the family goes to Ikea. I've promised everyone I'd not say too much about it because it's so hard to talk about it without giving the game away.
"The thing is, I've never written a theatre piece before, but, whatever medium you're working in, you should always write about what you know. And everyone knows about property, don't they? We're all obsessed by it. I hate to use the word accessible, but I'm hoping that this is a theatre piece for those who maybe haven't been to the theatre before.''
As such, despite Vegas's self-deprecating assumption that he does not belong in such elevated circles, his show perfectly fits into the ethos of the Manchester Festival.
"There are so many festivals, when you hear about ours, you might wonder: do we need another?'' says Alex Poots, the festival director. "When the idea was hatched, we had to find something that was required and necessary. We looked at the history of this city, the fact it was the first in the world to be industrialised, that it was the place where the computer was born, and the answer was staring us in the face. This will be a festival of innovation, in which we will invite artists to create new work. Everything you see and hear will be for the first time.''
Eschewing any idea of wallowing in greatest hits, Poots has commissioned 25 new works, including pieces by the Fall, the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta and Madonna's favourite producer William Orbit, who has written a classical suite to be performed by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
There will be huge events such as an evening of video jockeying played out on the world's largest indoor screen for 25,000 people, and more intimate occasions, such as the chef Heston Blumenthal's summer menu, available in the specially built Festival Pavilion.
Poots has even managed to persuade the Manchester band the Happy Mondays to play the first gig of their reunion tour at the festival, a set showcasing new material. You imagine that the famously chemically-enhanced Shaun Ryder will take to the stage fuelled by something a little stronger than Heston Blumenthal's chilled summer compote.
Vegas's theatrical debut notwithstanding, the piece that has attracted the most attention is Albarn's opera. Monkey: Journey to the West will include acrobats, kung-fu performers, Chinese instruments and designs by Jamie Hewlitt, Albarn's collaborator in the cartoon band Gorillaz.
In a piece hugely ambitious in size and scope, there will be dozens of people on stage. It has been interpreted by some observers as the final triumph of the Blur singer in his long-running feud with Manchester's own Oasis. After all, here is the Essex man staging the world première of his opera in the Gallaghers' Mancunian back yard; the Bridgewater Hall is but a short, bow-legged monkey swagger from where Oasis played their first ever gig in the Boardwalk club.
Those behind the festival, however, are having none of that. And not simply because they are too diplomatic to point out that any enterprise dedicated to innovation and originality would have, of necessity, to exclude Britain's greatest musical copycats.
"This festival underlines Manchester's ambition to go out to the world once more in the way it did in the 19th century,'' says Pete Saville, the designer, whose work with Factory Records defined the city's style in the early 1990s. "Part of that process is to bring the world here.''
Then, presumably, like a cotton shirt manufactured in the city's Victorian sweat-shops, dispatch it back again. After opening in Manchester, Monkey: Journey to the West will play in Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Tokyo and, eventually, Beijing. What Manchester does today, Saville claims, the rest of the world does tomorrow.
"That's why I'm so pleased to be representing the North West in this stunning international line-up,'' adds Vegas. "When I started out, the assumption for a North West comic was that, as soon as you got noticed up here, you headed to London to further your career. What's been fantastic over the past five or so years is that that has changed completely.
"I'm not saying I'm in any way responsible, but now, if you've got any common sense and you're from London, you'd get yourself to Manchester if you want to get ahead.''
The Manchester International Festival runs from June 28 to July 15.
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Is this the same Jim White who's from Manchester and written a few books about United?
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Is this the same Jim White who's from Manchester and written a few books about United?
Pretty sure it is, yes
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