29 June – 16 July 2017

We Need to Talk About Community

The Stoller Hall

Sat 8 July

OMA, Rick Lowe, Karl Hyde, Birgitta Jónsdóttir and more

Rem Koolhaas’s OMA, arguably the world’s leading architecture practice, will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Artistic Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries and an MIF Artistic Advisor. OMA are currently designing The Factory, a new cultural venue for Manchester that will become MIF’s permanent home.

Artist Liam Gillick, designer Peter Saville and curator Matthew Higgs discuss New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. and True Faith, two MIF17 projects exploring the ongoing legacy of New Order and Joy Division, and will analyse the mercurial chemistry that unites artistic communities.

Rick Lowe invites you to think about art and urban renewal. Lowe is the founder of the pioneering Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, described by The New York Times as ‘one of the most original and ambitious works of art of the past century’.

Karl Hyde from Underworld and Jez Green from Mustard Tree, a Manchester charity that aims to combat poverty and prevent homelessness, talk about Manchester Street Poem, created for MIF17 by Underworld and people from Manchester with personal experience of homelessness.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, an Icelandic poet-turned-activist who co-founded the Pirate Party in 2012, invites you to pay tribute to her friend, Chelsea Manning. Jónsdóttir’s Pirate Party came third in Iceland’s elections last year, and are now mandated to put together a majority coalition in the country’s parliament.


We Need to Talk About Community is part of Interdependence: We Need to Talk, six themed sessions of provocative conversation and new ideas staged every Saturday during MIF17.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival. In association with The Guardian.

Image: © Fraser Muggeridge studio