"There's a place in England for more cities to become centres. Thousands of students are here in Manchester. This is long‑term leverage. Manchester International Festival has an immediate impact, a global impact, but also a long‑term effect. These young people will see this and it might change their life."
Hans‑Ulrich Obrist is the Swiss curator whose first show was in his kitchen and who has ranked in the top 10 of Art Review's most powerful figures in art since 2009. Obrist joined the Serpentine Gallery in 2006, as Co‑director of Exhibitions and Programmes, and the Director of International Projects. Previously he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and curator of Museums in Progress, Vienna. He is artistic advisor to the Manchester International Festival, co‑curating Il Tempo Di Postino, 11 Rooms and Do It!. For MIF15, he has co‑curated Performance Capture by artist Ed Atkins.