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20 Jun

Manchester International Festival – 29th June-16th July

Manchester International Festival offers 18 days of events which will take place at venues throughout the city centre, from Piccadilly Gardens and Bridgewater Hall to Castlefield Bowl and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).

Manchester International Festival (MIF) was established in 2005 and, two years later, they held their first festival in 2007. Comprising an extensive team of dedicated and talented volunteers, MIF coordinates various events, exhibitions, and installations across the city.

The festival brings together the very best local names in comedy, dance, film, music, art, and theatre. Previous festivals have featured the likes of Bjork, Punchdrunk’s Dr. Who experience and Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Monkey.

Highlights of this year’s line-up include:


Events for 2017 include the world premiere of Fatherland, a physical production directed by the award-winning playwrights Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens. An exploration of masculinity, identity, and nationality in the 21st century, Fatherland arrives at the Royal Exchange theatre on 1st July.

What Is The City But The People?

The opening show of Manchester International Festival in 2017 will take place on Thursday 29th June. A 100m runway will be installed above street level in Piccadilly Gardens and local people have been invited to take part in a catwalk. The event is designed to capture the heart of Manchester and illustrate a typical day in the city. The performance will be free to attend and accompanied by live music by Graham Massey and resident musicians.

True Faith

Fans of Manchester music will delight in True Faith. This free exhibition draws together the visual art inspired by two of the city’s most notable bands – Joy Division and New Order. Over four decades’ worth of works by contemporary artists, including Liam Gillick and Mark Leckey, will be on display at Manchester Art Gallery between Fri 30 June and Sun 16 July.

1,000 Gestures

1,000 Gestures is the very latest work by Boris Charmatz, an exciting and audacious choreographer, and will make its debut at Manchester International Festival in 2017. This elaborate performance will take place at Mayfield Depot where 25 talented dancers will execute an unbroken sequence of 1,000 unique gestures.

Music for a Busy City

Six pieces of music inspired by locations across Manchester have been composed for the festival. Each piece is up to 10 minutes in length and their recordings will be played on a loop in the spaces that inspired them. Go to St Ann’s Square, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester Town Hall, and the walkway joining Selfridges and Marks & Spencer, Victoria Station and Canal Street to hear each one.

Visit the festival’s official website for more information – http://mif.co.uk/