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New director announced for Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival has named its new artistic director as John McGrath, currently the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of National Theatre Wales. Current Artistic Director Alex Poots will be moving to New York to The Culture Shed.

McGrath staged The Passion in Port Talbot with Michael Sheen, and Coriolan/us in an aircraft hangar for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad festival. Manchester International festival this year hosts Gerhard Richter and composer Arvo Pärt, Four Tet, Ed Atkins, Carl Craig & Mike Banks and more. Full festival listing here.