The Manchester at MIPIM Partnership has released its full schedule of events for its twentieth year exhibiting at the international property event.
As announced at September’s launch of the partnership’s drive for sponsors, the city will return to a redesigned beachside pavilion in Cannes, a facility that proved a hit in 2017 but was badly damaged by storms last year, necessitating a move into the main Palais des Festivals hall.
This year is the thirtieth MIPIM, and will be held between 12 and 15 March.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, promised a more people-focused approach to this year’s programme. He said: “MIPIM is all about development, but there wouldn’t be any development going on if we didn’t have people living, working and staying here to support the city’s growth.
“That’s what delegates can expect to see from this year’s MIPIM programme: a snapshot of the people of Manchester, what they bring to the city, and what the city means to them.
“This year we want to continue our important work promoting Manchester on an international stage, we want to show that we’re a city that continues to innovate, and we want to show the breadth of what’s happening across the whole of Greater Manchester.”
So far, 91 organisations are signed up as partners, down from the 107 announced this time last year. Sponsors committed at this point are: Airport City Manchester, Arup, Bruntwood, GL Hearn, Icon Industrial, John Sisk & Son, Laing O’Rourke, Manchester City Council, McLaughlin & Harvey, Property Alliance Group, The University of Manchester, and Vita Group.
Manchester confirmed that its programme of European sessions will again feature, with 2019 speakers including:
- Benjamin Cadranel, chief executive, citydev.Brussels
- Eric Menges, chief executive, Frankfurt Rhein Main
- Maria Vassilakou, deputy mayor, City of Vienna
- Anna Gissler, chief executive, Stockholm Business Region
- Dr Philipp Bouteiller, chief executive, TXL Berlin
- Consol Vancells Casanovas, city branding project coordinator, Barcelona City Council
- Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, state minister for urban development & housing, City of Hamburg
- Anni Sinnemäki, deputy mayor for urban environment, City of Helsinki
- Anette Scheibe Lorentzi, chief executive – city planning, City of Stockholm
One of the Tuesday sessions will be on the ID Manchester project at the University of Manchester’s north campus, while Wednesday’s programme includes sessions on the city’s carbon-neutral intentions and emerging technologies driving workplace change, which will include Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.
Thursday afternoon’s session, traditionally a highlight spot, will be dedicated to The Factory, with the panel to include Manchester International Festival artistic director John McGrath and Carol Patterson of the building’s architect OMA.
The full schedule of events can be found here.