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Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, staged every two years in Manchester, UK.

 This year’s programme includes Yoko Ono’s mass bell-ringing event, BELLS FOR PEACE, to open the Festival, David Lynch’s first major UK exhibition, an open school by artist Tania Bruguera to be led by migrants, an immersive exhibition by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer combining state-of-the-art technology, live performance and public participation, a re-enactment of Ghana’s first parliamentary debates in a seven-channel installation by artist Ibrahim Mahama, and a unique performance of seven stories by seven international writers co-curated by Adam Thirlwell and Hans Ulrich Obrist in a new set designed by Rem Koolhaas.

 Other leading international artists featured in this year’s programme include Laurie AndersonKemang Wa Lehulere, Rimini Protokoll, Chim↑Pom and ANU each presenting world premieres inspired by Thomas More’s Utopia, the Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s, the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, Manchester and the moon.

MIF Artistic Director and CEO John McGrath said: At MIF19 we see a whole host of artists looking to the future – some with hope, some with imagination and some with concern. We never impose themes on the artists we work with, but it’s striking how this year’s programme reflects our complicated times in often surprisingly joyous and unexpected ways. Featuring artists from more than 20 countries, the Festival also has strong local roots, with several commissions featuring the people of Manchester as participants. MIF19 will be a feast of energy, which I hope will inspire debate and delight for the festival’s 18 days and far beyond.”


MIF19 runs from 4–21 July 2019 with artists from across the globe premiering a variety of new work in spaces throughout the city. For more details about this year’s programme, please visit