Manchester International Festival 2017

Polly Checkland Harding

Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original work and special events – a biennial celebration of performance, art, music, theatre and more, which marries the world’s best-known artists with Manchester’s cultural institutions. Returning 29 June – 16 July 2017, MIF17 is the first festival under Artistic Director John McGrath. So, what’s new? This year’s programme is particularly theatre-heavy, as you might expect from the Founding Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Wales: it includes ‘songs and stories from a forgotten England’ Fatherland, the multi-layered Returning to Reims and interactive performance Party Skills for the End of the World (with accompanying last suppers from celebrated Manchester chef Mary-Ellen McTague). Music is represented both in live gigs (including a strong Pavilion Theatre line-up in collaboration with Sounds From the Other City) and a major exhibition of visual art inspired by Joy Division and New Order at Manchester Art Gallery. Over 30 artists are taking part in the festival, hailing from cities as diverse as Berlin, Cairo, Karachi and New York; the astonishing work that they are bringing to Manchester looks set to make Manchester International Festival 2017 another unparalleled cultural event in the city.


Things to do at Manchester International Festival 2017

Childrens 4–16 July 2017, from £5

MIF 2017: BambinO

Music 1 July 2017, from £12

MIF17: Sangam 2017

Visual Arts 30 June–3 September 2017, FREE

MIF17: ToGather at the Whitworth

Music 30 June–16 July 2017, FREE

MIF17: Music for a Busy City

Visual Arts 30 June–16 July 2017, FREE

MIF17: No End to Enderby at The Whitworth

Things to do right now

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You Were Never Really Here Preview Event
Cinema 9–22 March 2018, from £5.00

You Were Never Really Here at HOME

This Vibrant Thing Library Event, Manchester
Festivals 3–24 March 2018, FREE

This Vibrant Thing 2018

Music 21 January–24 March 2018, from £12

RNCM 2018 Season

Theatre: RASA and Contact: Handlooms
Theatre 12–24 March 2018, from £11.00 - 15.00

Handlooms at Alankar House of Sarees

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

wonder women 2018
Festivals 1–31 March 2018,

Wonder Women 2018

Cinema 1–31 March 2018, from £5.00

One Film Wonders at HOME

Theatre 9 March–7 April 2018, from £17.00+

Frankenstein at The Royal Exchange

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry
Exhibitions 19 October 2017–15 April 2018, from £5

Robots at the Museum of Science and Industry