Fusing artforms, exploding boundaries and asking those pressing questions, Manchester International Festival returns to the city from 29 June to 16 July 2023.
Expect 18 beautiful days of extraordinary cultural events.
The festival delivers world-class art to Manchester as well as bringing different communities together. Expect 18 beautiful days of extraordinary cultural events, performances and happenings taking place across the city.
Most importantly, MIF23 offers the chance to try something new. Dive into the unknown – experience world premiere performances and world-class art – as MIF pops up somewhere near you. There are lots of free events and £10 tickets available across all shows – so it’s the perfect opportunity to take a punt on something you might not have experienced before.
There are lots of free events and £10 tickets available across all shows.
You’ll find walking-tour-meets-street-theatre in We Cut Through Dust – a free performance as you walk through the streets of Manchester guided by your mobile phone; a stunning and meditative new performance by leading European theatre company, Rimini Protokoll. The festival also hosts cabaret greatness – the legendary trans performer, Justin Vivian Bond will bring one special night of song and stories to the spectacular new venue, Factory International.
Meanwhile, audiences of all ages can enjoy Noah’s Flood, a joyful, one-of-a-kind opera and the ideal theatre show for a family outing. Finally, the festival will close with a super celebration of British South Asian music curated by Sam Malik.
Take a punt on something you might not have experienced before.
Cast your eyes over the full programme and gather your friends and family together to try something fresh and unique. Your summer starts here – take a look at our suggestions for ‘something new’ to try at MIF23.
Here are our picks
We Cut Through Dust at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 29 June–16 July 2023, free entry - Find Out More
Experience a future version of the city – a walking tour meets street theatre in this free and unique performance guided by a series of phone calls.
All right. Good night at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 6–8 July 2023, from £10.00 - Book now
The sudden disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and the real-life experience of dementia are woven together in this meditative performance from Rimini Protokoll.
Justin Vivian Bond at Factory International, City Centre, 6 July 2023
A true master of their craft, the legendary trans performer, Justin Vivian Bond brings one special night of cabaret greatness to MIF23.
Noah's Flood at Factory International at Factory International, City Centre, 9 July 2023, from £10.00 - Book now
Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a one-of-a-kind opera featuring Manchester Collective, Lemn Sissay and 180 schoolchildren as every bird and beast under the sun.
Desi Factory at Factory International, City Centre, 15 July 2023, from £10 - Book now
Manchester’s own Sam Malik curates a night of British South Asian talent to mark the closing weekend of MIF23.