The Factory, St Johns, Manchester, M3 3JE – Visit Now
The Factory – no prizes for guessing where the name came from – will become the permanent home of Manchester International Festival. Alongside will run a 2,200-seat theatre and what is promised as an “immersive artistic environment with a standing capacity of 5,000.” Think Massive Attack at Mayfield Depot, only bigger: the Factory has been described as a theatre bolted on to the side of the Tate’s Turbine Hall.
Interestingly, although details at this stage are scant, the space looks set to be much less formal than the sorts of Barbican-style arts centres we are used to in this country: it will be artist-led and, apparently, capable of hosting an MIF-style performance every week.
Keep an eye out for more formal announcements & concrete designs.