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October 11, 2017 - news

Listen to The World Was Once All Miracle on BBC Radio 3

We are thrilled to have another chance to listen to Raymond Yiu’s wonderful The World was Once All Miracle which was recorded at MIF17. For MIF17,…

October 5, 2017 - news

MIF17 Highlights

“One of the leading worldwide incubators for new, cutting-edge art. Though the festival has an international outlook and reputation, it also showcases Manchester stories and…

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Dawn Reflections

Our Artistic Director and CEO John McGrath looks back to a great, and very busy, MIF17 in his blog. Manchester Airport 5am.  The 6.30am plane…

September 26, 2017 - news

MIF on tour

Over the last ten years, MIF has worked closely with other cultural organisations around the world, collaborating creatively and financially to make ambitious, international projects…

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MIF Recommends: October Highlights

As the October evenings grow longer and darker what better way to spend your time than enjoying the host of events that are programmed during…

September 5, 2017 - news

New Order + Liam Gillick: So it Goes.. sees OGR Torino team up with MIF

OGR Torino announces an exciting new relationship with Manchester International Festival (MIF) with ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Ogr) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. This remarkable project,…

July 27, 2017 - news

News from our Friends

Manchester International Festival finished 11 days ago – are you missing us yet? If MIF17 has whetted your cultural appetite, you may be interested to…

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MIF17 Survey Card Winner

We had thousands of people fill out the MIF17 survey cards which were all entered into a prize draw.  We then asked the Festival’s Artistic…

July 5, 2017 - news

The French Disconnection

Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Didier Eribon’s Returning to Reims arrives at a moment of great global flux – not least in the country where it’s…

June 28, 2017 - news

Returning to Reims rehearsal images

We’ve got these great photos from the Returning to Reims rehearsals… In Ostermeier’s typically multilayered production, set in a recording studio, an actress (Homeland’s Nina…

June 23, 2017 - news

Five foodie questions: Ginger’s Comfort Emporium

We end our five-day, five-question survey of Festival Square food traders with a very naughty dessert. After our chats with Honest Crust, Manjit’s Kitchen, Heathcote…

June 22, 2017 - news

Five foodie questions: Hispi

It’s day four in our five-day, five-question survey of our lovely Festival Square food traders. After our chats with Honest Crust, Manjit’s Kitchen and Heathcote…

June 21, 2017 - news

Five foodie questions: Heathcote & Co and Staff of Life Bakery

  Every day this week, we’re having a quick chat with one of the five excellent food traders who are on Festival Square from Friday…

June 20, 2017 - news

Five foodie questions: Manjit’s Kitchen

All week on the blog, we’re asking five quick questions to each of the five food traders who are on Festival Square from Friday 30…

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From drawing board to Festival Square

Over the last few months, we’ve been working closely with students from the Unit X programme at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. With…

June 19, 2017 - news

Five foodie questions: Honest Crust

This week on the blog: a bunch of fives! For the next five days, we’ll be asking five questions to each of the five food…

June 15, 2017 - news

What’s on the menu in Festival Square?

  Festival Square’s food traders have a new home for MIF17! Designed by Paloma Gormley of Practice Architecture and Nicolas Henninger from the Office for…

June 13, 2017 - news

Let MIF & Guardian Weekend set you up on a blind date!

  © The Guyliner Single Folk! Let MIF & the Guardian Weekend set you up on a blind date on the runway at What is…

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Trailer: Paleman – Dark Matter

Manchester-born musician and DJ Calum Lee – aka Paleman will debut his Live Show as part of the Dark Matter event series curated by Mary…

June 12, 2017 - news

Trailer: The World Was Once All Miracle

  We caught up with composer Raymond Yiu to talk about The World Was Once All Miracle, a new song cycle inspired by the work…

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Fatherland Album Release

We’re now just a few weeks from the world premiere of Fatherland, and are very happy to announce that Karl Hyde and Matthew Herbert will be…

June 9, 2017 - news

MIF17 Volunteer Launch

On a balmy Thursday evening the Whitworth hosted the unofficial start of Manchester International Festival: our volunteer launch party! Over 450 volunteers will support the…

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Festival Square Q&A: OH OK Ltd

    We’ll have brand new furniture and interior designs in Festival Square this summer courtesy of the students at Manchester School of Art, Manchester…

June 5, 2017 - news

Festival Square – the build begins!

As you may have noticed, we’ve started our build on Manchester’s Albert Square, soon to become Festival Square. We’ve began construction on the Festival Pavilion…

June 2, 2017 - news

Trailer: Cotton Panic!

Watch the haunting new trailer for Cotton Panic! starring the ethereal Jane Horrocks. The film hints at the amazing soundtrack you’ll hear as part of this…

June 1, 2017 - news

More tickets, extra shows, Guardian Guide

If you pick up a copy of The Guardian this Saturday (3 June), you’ll find a special edition of the Guardian Guide dedicated entirely to…

May 26, 2017 - news

A Statement from Manchester’s Arts and Cultural Organisations

We have all been deeply saddened at the tragic events of Monday at Manchester Arena.  Our hearts go out to the families, friends and loved…

May 24, 2017 - news

A statement on Monday night’s attack

Wednesday 24 May To Our Friends, Supporters and Partners: The events of Monday night have horrified everyone in Manchester and beyond.  Our thoughts are first…

May 19, 2017 - news

Interdependence line-up announced

Leading thinkers, artists and academics will all appear as part of Interdependence across three Saturdays in July. Speakers including Vicky Featherstone, Wayne McGregor and Peter…

May 18, 2017 - news

Engels begins his journey to Manchester for Ceremony

Friedrich Engels – philosopher, writer, radical thinker – is coming back home to Manchester. Found in a somewhat disheveled state in a tiny village in…

May 17, 2017 - news

Trailer: Fatherland

Check out the trailer for Fatherland –  a bold, ambitious new play co-created by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious…

May 15, 2017 - news

Who do you know in Manchester?

As we draw nearer to MIF17’s spectacular opening event, What Is the City but the People?, we’re on the hunt for a specific set of very special…

April 20, 2017 - news

OH OK, Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Art and MIF – Making Workshops

We always strive to improve our Festival Square from Festival to Festival – and for 2017 we are excited to be working with Manchester Metropolitan…

April 7, 2017 - news

Dark Matter artist Clark releases new album ‘Death Peak’

Dark Matter artist Clark has released his eighth album, entitled Death Peak, on the legendary Warp Records, following 2014’s brilliant self-titled Clark LP. Simultaneously dystopian…

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MIF17 tote bag design winner

We’re really pleased to announce that the winner of our competition to design an MIF17 tote bag is Paul Richards. The judges, who included our…

April 3, 2017 - news

Sampha releases new film ‘Process’

MIF17 artist Sampha has released an accompanying film to his recent album ‘Process’. Directed by LA based director Khalil Joseph (behind Beyoncé’s Lemonade, amongst others),…

March 17, 2017 - news

In pictures: MIF17 launch

On Thursday 9 March, around 500 people gathered together in the industrial depths of Mayfield to hear about the programme for Manchester International Festival 2017. The…

March 13, 2017 - news

Six of the best

Thanks to our new creative development scheme, six artists are about to go behind the scenes to experience how MIF projects are put together.  …

March 9, 2017 - news

MIF17 – a picture of the world today

John McGrath, MIF’s Artistic Director and CEO, walks us through the packed and varied programme for this summer’s Manchester International Festival. If artists help us…

January 21, 2017 - news

What if Women Ruled the World?

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January 20, 2017 - news

Design brief – MIF17 tote bag

January 12, 2017 - news

MIF announced as operator for Factory

We have great news to share today – Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for Factory, an exceptional new arts and culture centre for…

January 9, 2017 - news

Two months to go…

As the launch of MIF17 draws nearer, John McGrath, MIF’s Artistic Director, looks ahead to a busy and exciting year. It’s 9 January 2017. In…

November 16, 2016 - news

Racing towards MIF17

We’re launching the first MIF17 projects today – and John McGrath, MIF’s CEO & Artistic Director, is here to run you through the programme.  …