29 June – 16 July 2017

Talks at MIF17

There’s lots to talk about on our programme – which is why we’ve just announced a number of new talks and discussions.  Book your place online by clicking on the links below.


Music for a Busy City 
Elizabeth Alker (BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music) talks to composers Matthew HerbertHuang RuoAnna Meredith and Philip Venables about their contributions to MIF17’s Music for a Busy City, a collection of new pieces written in response to different spaces around Manchester – and played in these spaces every day during MIF17.
Pavilion Theatre, Sun 2 July, 12.30pm 


Brave and Bold
Liz O’Neill (Z-arts), Sue Buckmaster (The Welcoming Party), Jane Davidson MBE (Scottish Opera, co-producers of BambinO) and Nigel Barrett & Louise Mari (creators of Party Skills for the End of the World) will all be offering insights into how they create original new work for children, young people and family audiences.
Pavilion Theatre, Fri 7 July, 1pm 


The Factory Panel: Spaces for Artists
Choreographer Lucinda Childs (Available Light), composer Huang Ruo (Music for a Busy City), architect Ellen van Loon, director Walter Meierjohann and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist join MIF Artistic Director John McGrath to discuss cultural spaces from the artist’s perspective in this special panel inspired by The Factory, Manchester’s soon-to-be-built arts venue.
HOME (Cinema 2), Fri 7 July, 6pm 


The Factory Panel: Spaces for Culture
Architects Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas talk about OMA’s work on cultural buildings, including The Factory and Taipei Performing Arts Center, and discuss the future of arts spaces. Chaired by Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Stage 1, Old Granada Studios, Sat 8 July, 5pm 


Arts Panel: The Art of Journeys
Join artists Samson Young, Susan Hefuna and Stephen Sutcliffe to discuss the different ways they address journeys in the work. Chaired by Maria Balshaw, former Director of the Whitworth and now Director of Tate.
The Whitworth, Sun 9 July, 1pm – free and unticketed


Substance: In Remembrance of Tony Wilson
To mark 10 years since the passing of Anthony H Wilson, MIF presents a special evening celebrating the legacy of Wilson and Factory Records, exploring the role that arts and culture play in defining the identity of a city and a region in the past, the present and the future. Following a discussion panel with several very special guests, there’ll be a live performance of a new commission by composer Joe Duddell, who’s collaborating with New Order at MIF17, and then a DJ set to close. All proceeds from the evening go to The Christie. Substance is part of a year-long project supported by Hull 2017, UK City of Culture.
Pavilion Theatre, Mon 10 July, 8pm – currently sold out


John Robb Presents
with Jah Wobble, Cosey Fanni Tutti & Youth

John Robb takes over the Pavilion Theatre to talk about life, music and the cosmos with three special guests: bass legend Jah Wobble, once of PiL and now leading his own Invaders of the Heart; musician, performance artist and provocatrice Cosey Fanni Tutti of Throbbing Gristle; and Youth, founding member of Killing Joke and collaborator with everyone from The Verve to Paul McCartney. Youth will then be taking to the decks for anything-goes DJ set covering everything from dark dub to dirty disco – don’t miss it.
Pavilion Theatre, Tue 11 July, 8pm


Interdependence: We Need to Talk
We’ve recently the stellar line-up for Interdependence: We Need to Talk, six sessions of provocative conversation and new ideas staged every Saturday during MIF17. Guests include Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (HOME1947), Laurie AndersonWayne McGregorPhil Collins (Ceremony), Karl Hyde (Manchester Street PoemFatherland) and many more – with tickets just £5 per session. See the full line-ups and book tickets at mif.co.uk.

Hallé St Peter’s, The Stoller Hall & Albert Hall, Sat 1, Sat 8 & Sat 15 July,