Inside Manchester’s £110m new arts building designed by Rem Koolhaas’ OMA

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Saturday 8 July 2017 for The Factory – the flagship cultural venue for the North.

John Glen, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, Tom Bloxham Chair Manchester International Festival, and Sir Nicholas Serota Chair Arts Council England, were among those who attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday 8 July 2017 for The Factory – the flagship cultural venue for the North designed by world leading architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas.

Manchester International Festival artist Laurie Anderson curated the ceremony which included a special performance by her.

The building’s architects, Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon, were in Manchester for the ceremony and also gave a talk about the project afterwards, chaired by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Gallery.

John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: “The Factory will be a truly world-class cultural venue for the whole of the North to enjoy. The Government’s £78 million investment is helping to deliver this fantastic project for the Northern Powerhouse that will boost jobs, visitor numbers and champion arts and culture across the region.The vision, ambition and innovation of The Factory is inspirational and I am excited to see it develop in the coming years.”

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