Festival Square

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Fri 05 July -
Sun 21 July

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Admission Free

This summer, we’re again transforming Albert Square into Festival Square, the home of the Festival in the heart of the city. Great food and drink, free live music and DJs, MIF tickets and more – every day and night during MIF19.

A great new look

Nicolas Henninger (Office for Crafted Architecture) and Paloma Gormley (Practice Architecture) are teaming up to give Festival Square an exciting new look, with contributions from Standard Practice and students from Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.

MIF19 tickets & information
Head to the Square to find out what’s going on from our Festival volunteers – and buy tickets for all MIF19 shows.

Food & drink
A stellar array of chefs and eateries will be cooking up a storm. Along with British classics from Paul Heathcote, there’ll be newcomers Firebird Hope, pizzas and salads from Honest Crust, restaurant food on the go from Gary Usher’s Kala, Indian favourites from Manjit’s Kitchen, ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium – plus cocktails, wines, soft drinks and craft beers from JW Lees.

Live music, cabaret & DJs
We’re opening up Festival Square to the city for MIF19, centred on a major new free stage hosting a packed programme of live acts, DJs and performances – open to everyone, every day and night. From funk to punk, gospel to electronica, reggae to R&B, we’ll have free shows from a genre-spanning array of emerging and established artists, DJs and performers. For the line-ups, check mif.co.uk in the run-up to MIF19

Supper Clubs in the Square with Paul Heathcote & friends
Six acclaimed chefs will be cooking exclusive menus in the intimate Glass House. MIF17’s Supper Clubs sold out fast – book early at mif.co.uk.

Explore the city
Festival Square will be the meeting point for a series of walking tours, opening new perspectives on the city and MIF19. Check mif.co.uk for
details in May.

BBC – live in Festival Square
The BBC will be broadcasting from Festival Square during MIF19. Check mif.co.uk for listings nearer the time.

Special events
There’ll be much more going on – from one-off performances to a daily display of new artwork co-created by Underworld’s Karl Hyde and the
Manchester Street Poem team, highlighting the voices of marginalised communities across the city.

Festival Square is open from noon
till late, every day from Fri 5 July to
Sun 21 July. Admission is always free.

Photo: Richard Tymon

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