Vote for MIF at the CityLife Awards
The shortlist for the CityLife awards have been revealed and we’re massively pleased to have been nominated for awards across three categories.
Voting closes at midnight on 20 January so head to the CityLife site to vote for your favourite.
Tao of Glass – Best Theatre
Composer Philip Glass and performer-director Phelim McDermott created a spectacular stage show in the round at the Royal Exchange Theatre exploring life, death and Taoist wisdom.
“It is exactly the kind of work that MIF should be commissioning: big names writing about big ideas, producing work which is challenging but, ultimately, universal.”
Manchester Evening News
“A truly magical journey”
“A golden odyssey through Philip Glass’s music”
Tree – Best Theatre
An electrifying blend of drama, music and dance which followed one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa – with the audience at the centre of the action.
“It begins with a party and ends with a rave, the audience clambering on stage to dance in a great gesture of reconciliation and healing. With its blend of theatre, dance and music, Tree is the perfect celebratory work with which to launch this year’s iteration of the Manchester International Festival.”
“The soundtrack from Mikey J Asante is haunting during the more metaphysical moments and thumping when the action ramps up, with Gregory Maqoma’s choreography working brilliantly…projections and vivid and compelling … A gateway moment for a new generation of theatre goers.”
Atmospheric Memory – Best arts event or exhibition
A breath-taking interactive art environment where you could see, hear and even touch the sounds that travel through the atmosphere.
“Spectacular. An intriguing example of a new kind of experimental work that relates as much to science as what we conventionally think of as art”
The Daily Telegraph
“Inventive and provocative”
The Sunday Times
Festival Square – Best live venue
Festival Square at MIF19 was our most popular yet. Over 165,000 people flocked to see a line-up of over 80 artists including hip-hop master DJ Yoda, reggae legend Horace Andy and award-winning producer and composer Nitin Sawhney – performing a stripped back version of his groundbreaking album Beyond Skin – alongside some of the city and the North’s finest musical talent, including a Children of Zeus friends and family line-up of Manchester neo soul, Halifax heroes The Orielles, new wave power pop from Working Men’s Club and post-punk from LIINES.
DJs from the city’s best club nights, including Homoelectric, Swing Ting, Girls on Film and Kiss Me Again, kept people dancing until the early hours – and for the first time it was all free!