Utopolis Manchester rehearsal

Rimini Protokoll (Haug / Kaegi / Wetzel)


Thu 01 January -
Mon 08 July

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4-4.5 hours approx.


Multiple locations - Manchester City Centre


Age guidelines

12+, under 16's must be accompanied by an adult

Take an extraordinary journey in search of Utopia – and uncover the secret life of the city.

Utopolis Manchester begins at dozens of city-centre locations: shops and bars, offices and cafés. In small groups, each equipped with our own loudspeaker, we’ll head out together to find the heart and soul of the city via singular episodes and chance encounters in a network of unexpected locations. Through intricate tapestries of sounds and voices, we’ll hear from the people who make society what it is – and, in the company of our fellow travellers, we’ll try to imagine the future.

As our assembly reaches critical mass, we’ll face an urgent question. Can a group of individuals come together to forge a utopian state? And if so, how large can it grow before it falls apart?

Created by Rimini Protokoll and inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia, Utopolis Manchester asks whether another society might exist, if only for a utopian moment…

Utopolis Manchester takes place in multiple locations around the city. Parts of the event take place outdoors and involve travel by foot or other means. For access queries, call 0161 817 4547 or email access@mif.co.uk

Event FAQ’s listed here

Rimini Protokoll (HaugKaegiWetzel)- Writers & Directors
Katja Hagedorn – Dramaturg
Rebecca Taylor Sharman – Associate Director
Harry Ovington – Composer
Dan Steele – Sound Designer
The Office of Craig Oldham – Designer
Chris Ball – Creative Technologist, Sound System
Steffen Klaue – Creative Technologist, SMS System

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Theatre Olympics 2019, Schauspiel Köln and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. Produced by Manchester International Festival.

Photo: Lee Baxter


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