Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Countdown to Festival Begins for Director

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Countdown to Festival Begins for Director

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MANCHESTER International Festival has confirmed it will return to the city this time next year.

The 18-day biennial festival of firsts celebrated 10 years in the city in 2015 and returns from June 29 to July 16 in 2017 with a new artistic director, John McGrath, who spent seven years setting up and leading the National Theatre Wales before coming to Manchester.

McGrath says he has been working hard to get things in place as the one-year countdown to the festival began. He says: "Over the past six months, since starting full time at the festival, I've been on my own international journey: from Karachi to Berlin, from Mumbai to Mexico City, from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong.

"It's been a huge privilege to meet extraordinary artists in each of these places, and to explore with them ideas for new work that could premiere here in Manchester. …

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