Manchester International Festival 2023
Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner.

Manchester International Festival

Creative Tourist

We’re delighted to see the return of the Manchester International Festival for 2023. This is a world-renowned 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.

2023 marks a very special year for Manchester International Festival with the opening of organisation’s exciting new venue, Factory International. Scheduled to open its doors in June 2023, Factory International will be programmed and operated by the masterminds behind the world-renowned Manchester International Festival. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to seeing where Manchester’s flagship cultural event goes next.

You, Me and the Balloons
Yayoi Kusama and Dots Obsession, 1996-2011 Installation (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo). Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro and David Zwirner.

We’re eagerly awaiting the full line-up of events for the next edition of MIF, returning to the city from 29 June – 16 July 2023. However, we can bring you news of the first major exhibition to take place inside Factory International – also forming the spectacular centrepiece of MIF23.

Happening in the new venue’s main warehouse space, You, Me and the Balloons celebrates three decades of the renowned Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama’s striking inflatable artworks. Created especially for Factory International’s vast warehouse space, the immersive exhibition will invite visitors to take an exhilarating journey through Kusama’s huge (some towering over ten metres tall), psychedelic creations. Expect giant dolls, spectacular tendrilled landscapes and a vast constellation of polka-dot spheres – an arresting display of work, shown together for the first time.

Radical, often unpredictable and always challenging, MIF is always a firm highlight in our Cultural Calendar. You, Me and the Balloons is the first event to be announced for MIF23 and we’ll bring you more information regarding the full festival line-up as soon as we have it.

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