Manchester International Festival appoints Low Kee Hong as Creative Director

Low Kee Hong. Courtesy of Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival organizers have announced the appointment of Low Kee Hong as Creative Director of The Factory, where he will work with his team of curators and Artistic Director and Managing Director John McGrath to develop a program for the venue. Kee Hong will take up his post in April, before which he will complete his tenure as Director of Theater and Performing Arts with Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). Before joining WKCD in 2014, Kee Hong held several positions in Singapore, as Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival (2009-2012); Founding Director and Managing Director of the Singapore Biennale (2005 to 2009); and Associate Artistic Director of TheatreWorks (2002–2005).

In welcoming Kee Hong to MIF, McGrath said, “Kee Hong is admired by artists, producers and programmers around the world for his passionate and skilled approach to festival and venue management. He has worked with many of the world’s leading creative figures and is also deeply committed to involving the widest range of communities and voices possible” and that in addition to working with The Factory team, “he will lead the future program of the Festival – reinventing the MIF for years to come in a way that connects both locally and globally. I can’t wait to welcome him to Manchester.

Low Kee Hong said in a statement: “I am truly honored and delighted to have this amazing opportunity to work with Manchester International Festival and The Factory. It is an organization that I have always admired for its visionary and bold vision of what tomorrow can look like. I look forward to working with a team of incredible humans who strongly believe in the extraordinary and transformative experience of the arts for our communities as we move towards a future we all want to be a part of.


Darcy J. Skinner