Yayoi Kusama, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner.
Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner.

Manchester International Festival

Creative Tourist

Manchester is all set to become the world’s stage this summer, with Manchester International Festival returning from 29 June to 16 July 2023. And with the long-anticipated programme now launched, it’s fair to say that we’re more than a little excited about the cultural adventures in store.

Taking place across the city as well as at the all-new Factory International, MIF23 will bring 18 extraordinary days of events, performances and happenings to Greater Manchester, where the world’s most exciting creative minds will reach across art forms, smash boundaries, and speak to urgent contemporary issues.

Here our editors make their selections of the best events on offer at this year’s Festival, from ground-breaking mixed reality concerts to colossal exhibitions via genre-bending performance.

Here are our picks