Festivals

MIF17

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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Cinema 17–23 November 2017, from £5.00

Thelma at HOME

Theatre 31 October–25 November 2017, from £12.00

The Hound of the Baskervilles at The Kings Arms

Theatre 3–25 November 2017, from £10

Uncle Vanya at HOME

Cinema 17–30 November 2017, from £5.00

Good Time at HOME

Writer Michael Symmons Roberts.
Festivals 1 November–8 December 2017, FREE

RAH! Research in Arts and Humanities Programme

Theatre 9 November–9 December 2017, from £20.00

Little Women: The Musical at Hope Mill Theatre

Music 4 October–11 December 2017, FREE

RNCM Autumn Season

Exhibitions 23 October–15 December 2017, FREE

Material Remains at Holden Gallery

Theatre 20 September–20 December 2017,

Contact Autumn Season 2017

Exhibitions 23 June 2017–1 January 2018, from £4.00

Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War at IWM North

Families 7 October 2017–2 January 2018, from £21.25

Dinosaurs in the Wild at EventCity