Manchester International Festival teams up with Breakthrough

Are you a disabled person who has an interest in the arts and creative industries?

We’re thrilled that Manchester International Festival has asked Breakthrough to work with them to set up a Disabled Persons Engagement Group (DPEG).

The group will work on the Factory project, see link for further information .

This will be happening on the site of the former Granada TV studios in Manchester’s new St John’s neighbourhood.

The new group will start off working with the Factory project design team for four sessions.

The group will make recommendations on the design of barrier-free access and customer service, so that disabled people have the opportunity to be fully included in everything that the Factory has to offer to users and visitors.

We need you!

For the group to work we need up to 12 disabled people who would like to be involved as members.

Members will bring their lived experience of disabling barriers in society and preferably also have an interest in and experience of arts and creative industry, venues and activities.      


Group meetings would start off as follows:

  • Group Session One content: Introduction to the Factory, session on Finishes etc – Early June 2019
  • Group Session Two content: Follow-up on Finishes – Early August 2019 (this date is to be confirmed depending on Festival commitments)
  • Group SessionThree content: Public Realm – Early September 2019 
  • Group Session Four content: Wayfinding – Dec 19/Jan 20

Sessions may take place during the working day or early evening, and will last for up to 3 hours in duration.

Members of the group will get a £60 engagement fee plus travel expenses for each session attended. Individual access and support needs will be met.   

If you are interested please reply by email to: as soon as possible.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this opportunity to any disabled people who you know who you feel may be interested.