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Music Boxes

MIF’s approach to programming art for the very young has always been to make it every bit as ambitious and innovative as the rest of the programme. With Music Boxes, MIF joined forces with the BBC to commission a series of musical experiences for kids aged from six months to seven years within a mini-city of shipping containers. The piazza at MediaCityUK was transformed as children reacted in wonder to Nik Ramage’s fantastical sound sculptures or the ethereal beauty of Inne Goris’s Daydream. The events in Salford were just part of the story: many of the commissions were developed over a series of workshops in schools across Greater Manchester, giving kids, their teachers and other early years practitioners the chance to help shape this amazing event.

‘The prospect of hanging out at a venue consisting of structures more readily associated with a major shipping terminal might sound terribly industrial. But Music Boxes’ real success is to make such spaces – more accustomed to holding cardboard boxes than immersive theatre, after all – seem like the most magical places on earth’ The National (Abu Dhabi)


Commissioned by MIF Creative, the BBC, Salford City Council and Abu Dhabi Festival. Produced by Manchester International Festival and CBeebies. With support from AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities).

MIF11
2-17 July 2011
MediaCityUK, Salford
World premiere 2 July 2011


MIF worldwide
Music Boxes
13-22 March 2012 at various venous in Abu Dhabi, UEA as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival

Daydream
20-22 June 2014 at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, London, UK

2-25 August 2013 at the Summerhall, Edinburgh, UK as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

14-19 May 2013 in Ronse, Belgium

16-21 April 2013 at Cultuurcentrum Belgica, Dendermonde, Belgium

5-10 March 2013 in Beveren, Belgium

19 September – 21 October 2012 at Korenmarket, Vroonstalledries, Yachtdreef, Woodrow Wilsonplein and Gentbruggeplein in Ghent, Belgium

14-16 September 2012 at Festival Kanal, Brussels, Belgium

18 March 2012 at Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, Strombeek-Bever, Belgium

26 February 2012 at Westrand Cultuurcentrum, Dilbeek, Belgium

17-19 February 2012 at De Kortrijkse Schouwburg, Kortrijk, Belgium

1-2 December 2011 at the Big Bang Festival, Lille, France

11-13 November 2011 at BRONKS, Brussels, Belgium

2-5 November 2011 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Charleroi, Belgium

23-25 September 2011 at C-mine, Genk, Belgium

27 August – 3 September 2011 at the Zeeland Nazomerfestival, Middelburg, Belgium

30 July – 5 August 2011 at the Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, Netherlands

30 July – 5 August 2011 at Theater aan Zee, Ostend, Belgium

21-24 July 2011 at MiraMirO, Ghent, Belgium


Related events
Daydream returned for MIF13 as part of Once Upon a Story