Online events at Manchester International Festival 2021

Johnny James, Music Editor

This July, Manchester International Festival is turning Manchester into a world stage for the arts, with a diverse programme of theatre, dance, music and more spilling across the city for 18 days. Running alongside these physical events is MIF’s biggest ever online programme, allowing audiences to enjoy the Festival wherever they are, whenever they want.

MIF LIVE is the Festival’s broadcast channel – running for the length of the festival, from Thursday 1 July until Sunday 18 July. You’ll be able to stream several shows on demand, including:

All of This Unreal Time, a new film starring Cillian Murphy, written by Max Porter, directed by Aoife McArdle and with music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Jon Hopkins

The Global Playground, Theatre-Rites’ uplifting new show for children and family audiences, exploring how we play together.

Notes on Grief, a new theatrical adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful new book – a timely reflection on family, love and loss.

The Patience of Trees, a new work by composer Dobrinka Tabakova, is at the heart of an intimate concert inspired by the healing potential and power of the natural world.

Homecoming Live, a collaboration between MIF and Lagos-based festival Homecoming, featuring live music from Africa, the diaspora and beyond.

We Dwell In Possibility, the third of MIF’s Virtual Factory commissions, allows online audiences to control AI people and watch them develop their identities.

You can also catch live music from Festival Square via MIF LIVE, which features a rolling schedule of free talks, Q&As and more.

Read more about each of these MIF21 events below.