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Manchester International Festival (MIF) confirms appointment of three new Board members: the writer Jeanette Winterson, journalist Ngozi (Goz) Ugochukwu, and Chief Executive, Food, The Co-op, Jo Whitfield.


Ngozi (Goz) Ugochukwu is a creative practitioner in a wide range of disciplines. She’s been at the BBC in Manchester since 2011; her role has covered journalism, research, directing, content producing and editing. At BBC Children’s, she has worked on many shows and apps and was heavily involved in the Children’s Global Media Summit, which aimed to help shape the future of children’s media, sourcing international speakers, casting children from two to 16 years old from diverse backgrounds for films to be shown online and in the summit. For BBC Education she has worked on Bitesize and on a programme called Spin (BBC2), travelling across the UK working with parents, organisations and youth groups, finding and interviewing challenging teenagers from various backgrounds.

Ngozi produced, directed and edited a documentary about her travels and experience in Cuba, which won an award and was shown internationally at film festivals. As a freelance editor, she has edited documentaries in Spanish, French and Arabic.

In addition to her work in the broadcast media, Ngozi has performed nationally and internationally in wheelchair ballroom and Latin dance, competing for Great Britain. She is a keen photographer, having featured at the Manchester Open Exhibition early this year and has an online photo exhibition for Disability Arts Online happening at the end of the month.

For the past year, Ngozi has been working with Manchester International Festival through its People’s Forum. The Forum meets monthly and advises on and informs MIF’s activities, including The Factory, from the perspective of residents living and working in Greater Manchester.

About Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (MIF) was founded as the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and is an artist-led festival reflecting the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

Staged every two years in Manchester, MIF has commissioned, produced and presented world premieres by artists including Marina Abramović, Damon Albarn, Laurie Anderson, Björk, Boris Charmatz, Jeremy Deller, Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah, Elbow, Philip Glass, Akram Khan, David Lynch, Steve McQueen, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Yoko Ono, Thomas Ostermeier, Abida Parveen, Maxine Peake, Punchdrunk, Skepta, The xx and Zaha Hadid Architects.

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