Manifatture Knos

Centre initiated by citizens and artists

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 organisational autonomy.

The Provincial Council of Lecce owns the space where Manifatture Knos is located. While the Sud Est cultural association 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 an 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.

What makes your organisation unique?

The centre’s mission is to actively involve citizens, artists and creative professionals to experiment in the social and cultural arenas.

What TEH activities are they a part of?

Italy Hub (Italian Network of Independent Cultural Centres) and Staff Exchange


Lecce, Italy


  • Small Concert hall (audience capacity: less than 300), Large Concert Hall (audience capacity: more than 300), Outdoor stage, Multifunction Hall, Small Theatre (audience capacity: less than 200), Large Theatre (audience capacity: more than 200), Black box, Art Gallery, Conference Room, Meeting Room, Workshop room, Artists Studio, Rehearsal or Practice Room, Music Recording Studio, Cinema, School, Playground, Repair Shop, Artistic Residency Accommodation, Hostel, Café / Bar, Restaurant, Co-working Space, Maker Space, Arts / Creative / Business / Social Incubator, Community Areas, Show Room, Multi-purpose Space, Courtyard, Garden

  • Research, Production, Exhibition and Programming, Distribution, Education and Training, Mediation, Archiving and Conservation, Financing and grant making, National advocacy

  • Music, Theatre / Performance, Circus, Dance, Visual Arts, Film, Crafts, Literature, Publishing, Design, Architecture and Urbanism, Art residencies, Education, Community and Relational Arts, Democratic and civil society development, Ecology and Sustainability, Gastronomy, Sports, Entrepreneurship

  • Sending organisation

  • Education Building