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Event Date(s): Thu 29/06/2017 - Sun 16/07/2017 (Ends in -464 days)

Location: North West Manchester

~Sometimes things work biennially and sadly some things don’t.  If your looking for something with a little more class and sophistication than the Manchester International Festival, could be right up your street, well, if you happen to live in Manchester that is.

Here is a brief history of the festival and how it has grown over a 12 year period.

It began in 2005 with the pioneering Gorillaz :- Demon Days Live. The following four festivals included monkey theatre, legendary electronic groups, a late comic icon and the lost spaces of Manchester. It’s most recent event, 2015,  featured children’s entertainer Mr. Tumble to add to it’s eclectic mix.

Now in 2017 it’s even bigger and better. Taking place between 29th June - 16th July it aims to wow the people of Manchester for another thrilling 18 day spectacular.

Here is a brief overview of what you can expect this year :-

* Cotton Panic! :- Created by Jane Horrocks, Nick Vivian and Wrangler
Tells the story of the catastrophe that befell the North and its people, all thanks to events that took place thousands of miles away.

* Available Light :- Music by John Adams.
Brings together three giants of postwar American culture: choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry. This new production takes the trio’s brilliant collaboration, first staged in 1983, to a new generation of audiences.

* Party Skills for the End of the World :- Created by Nigel Barrett and
Louise Mari with Abigail Conway

* Dark Matter :- Curated by Mary Anne Hobbs
Dark Matter is eight immersive shows from pioneering national, international and Manchester-based musicians

*Fatherland :- Co-created by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens
Fatherland is a bold, ambitious show about contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions

* True Faith :- Curated by Matthew Higgs and Jon Savage
True Faith explores the ongoing significance and legacy of New Order and Joy Division through the wealth of visual art their music has inspired.

* Last and First Men :-A film and live score by Jóhann Jóhannsson
an extraordinary new multimedia work by Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival, Sicario, Blade Runner 2049). Last and First Men combines music, film and Tilda Swinton’s elegiac narration into a poetic meditation on memory, loss and the idea of Utopia

* The Welcoming Party :- Theatre-Rites
A beautiful blend of puppetry, performance, dance and live music for both children and family audiences.

For a more fuller comprehensive review of all the above please visit www.mif.co.uk , there you will also find information as to how you can get involved such as :- join my festival, be part of an mif show, festival in my house, volunteer at MIF17 and creative development.

You can also find a link regarding planning your visit. This includes :- booking information, £12 Greater Manchester Resident tickets and accessing information and performances.

Help the longevity of the Manchester International Festival by joining and supporting them. You can do this in a number of ways. 1. Membership. 2. Individual giving. 3. Corporate Sponsors and public funding. 4. MIF17 Supporters and 5. Trusts and Foundations. You will find all these links on the website page mentioned earlier.

In a nutshell you can experience the following :- comedy, dance, digital, family, film, food, free, immersive, music, radio, talks/debates, theatre and visual arts.

Here are some contact details you may wish to jot down :-

Manchester International Festival
Blackfriars House
Manchester M3 2JA
United Kingdom
tel: +44 (0)161 817 4500
fax: +44 (0)161 839 2662
email: info@mif.co.uk

Buy tickets
MIF Box Office: 0843 208 1840
Buy online: mif.co.uk/mif17-events

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Manchester International Festival :- 18 Extraordinary Days :- 29/6/17 - 16/7/17

^Alex Ashworth