Manchester International Festival will survive the cuts

Posted on October 26, 2010

From the BBC News website:

Next year’s Manchester International Festival (MIF) will go ahead despite one of its funding sources – Arts Council England – having to make cuts.

The biannual event, which in 2011 is headlined by a play starring Willem Dafoe, currently draws about 10% of its funding from the body.

But the council has revealed the part of its budget which supports MIF will be reduced by £21m (64%) in 2011-12.

It means plans for the 2013 festival could be scaled back.

The Arts Council England announced a total of £100m cuts to its budget – or 29.6% – between 2011 and 2015 as part of the government’s Spending Review.

Regularly funded organisations, including the Manchester Camerata and the city’s jazz and literature festivals, will see their finances reduced by 7% in the first year of the plan.

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