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The worlds first international festival of original, new workThe Industrial Revolution forged the world's first modern city, which in 2007 will launch the world's first international festival of original, new work - created by leading artists from across the spectrum of credible popular culture, innovation and the arts.
Drawing from the city's pivotal role in music, the Festival programme will have a focus on new music - premiering work by established and emerging international musicians. In step with the city's history, the Festival will focus on the important issues and stories of our time, through debates and new commissions. It will also reaffirm the city's 24 hour party spirit by working with the city's clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Many of the Festival's productions and events will world premiere in the city before touring to other international destinations, such as Paris, New York and Berlin. The Festival programme will also feature on National TV and Radio, in newspapers and magazines, on digital platforms and the internet, in books and in cinemas.

Following a series of three trailblazer events presented from late 2005, this city's first biennial festival will launch on 28 June 2007.

Welcome... to the Manchester International Festival

Manchester is launching its first international festival next year. Cheak out the website: Manchester International festival
What do you think? Will you come? and do you think its a good idea? please let me know.
 

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From Manchesterinternationalfestival.co.uk

ruth mackenzie obe appointed as general director // 25 July 06

Manchester International Festival - the world's first international festival of original, new work - has today announced the appointment of Ruth Mackenzie OBE as General Director.

Ruth will use her wealth of experience within the arts to develop partnerships within public and private sectors, as well as international arts organisations around the world.


For the past four years Ruth has been Artistic Director at the Chichester Festival Theatre, since which she has been working on a consultancy basis for the Arts Council, BBC, Tate and City University. She was awarded her OBE for services to theatre in 1995.


Before her role at Chichester Festival Theatre Ruth was Special Adviser to Chris Smith and Tessa Jowell, Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport; General Director of Scottish Opera and Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse.


Ruth's role takes senior executive responsibility for the Festival's sponsorship. A record £1.8m sponsorship deal has already been secured with United Utilities, Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and Bruntwood and recently the Festival announced its first Official Supporter, the Manchester Airports Group. Negotiations are underway with a number of international brands to complement the Festival's international aspirations.


"I'm thrilled to be taking up this role in such a brilliant festival and am looking forward to developing partnerships which will enable the Festival to reach markets and opinion formers around the world," comments Ruth "Manchester has always been one of my favourite cities, from when I worked in the North in the 1980s, and it is great to be back at such an exciting time for the city."


On Ruth's appointment Festival Director Alex Poots commented:
"Ruth's experience and knowledge is invaluable and she will have a vital role in securing funding and building relationships with regional and international arts organisations. It's a great pleasure to welcome her onto the Festival team."

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