MIF07

MIF07 used unique spaces both large and small all over the city. Johnny Vegas took over a house in Chorlton for the intimate Interiors; Neil Bartlett and Mikhail Rudy set The Pianist in the Museum of Science & Industry’s atmospheric 1830 Warehouse; and more than 10,000 people flooded to The Great Indoors, a free, family-friendly weekender at Manchester Central.

Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal brought his Chilled Summer Treats to Festival Square, which quickly established itself as the heart of MIF, and artist Matthew Barney brought a bull to the stage of the Opera House as part of the audacious live art show Il Tempo del Postino. There were exclusive visits from Lou Reed and Kanye West – but there was also room for local legends the Fall and Happy Mondays, who both came to the Ritz.

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