Manifatture Knos

Lecce, Italy

Manifatture Knos is a constantly developing cultural and social experiment born from the restoration of an old engineering training school that had previously been abandoned for years. The independent international cultural centre was established thanks to the spontaneous involvement of the many citizens, artists and professional figures who were committed to return this precious gift to the community.

The centre’s cultural activities include research, training and production in total artistic freedom and organizational autonomy. The Provincial Council of Lecce owns the space where Manifatture Knos is located and the Sud Est cultural association was took a larger role in the management of the facility in December 2006 on the basis of a shared cultural project. The Sud Est association has guided the restoration work and unveiled the centre, thus activating a urban project that involved many. Some of the participating associations already existed, but others were established thanks to the ideas of the subjects involved who created and promoted new innovative cultural projects.

Programmes for supporting emerging artists, community projects, artists in residency, visual art/exhibitions, film screenings, media, festivals, circus, live music, discussions/lectures, educational programmes, theatre performances, dance performances

Former use of the building: Engineering training school
Year of opening as a cultural centre: 2007

Manifatture Knos
Via Vecchia Frigole 34, IT Р73100 Lecce, Puglia | | +39 0832 394873
TEH Delegate: Michele Bee,


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