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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA

MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2023. Curiosity starts here. 29 June – 16 July.

The eagerly awaited MIF23 [Manchester International Festival 2023] is upon us - there is definitely something for everyone across the cultural spectrum.


YAYOI KUSAMA: YOU, ME AND THE BALLOONS - 30 JUNE – 28 AUGUST. One of the world’s most loved artists takes us up and away as part of Factory International’s opening summer programme.

FESTIVAL SQUARE - 30 JUNE – 16 JULY. The buzzing heart of MIF is back this summer with a new riverside home.

UNTITLED F*CK M*SS S**GON PLAY - Until 16 JULY Smash through a hundred years of bloody narratives with this award-winning play

THE FAGGOTS AND THEIR FRIENDS BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS - 28 JUNE – 2 JULY | Fantasy meets liberation in this queer retelling of world history.

FORMATIONS: TINO SEHGAL AND JUAN MATA IN CONVERSATION - 29 JUNE. Tino Sehgal and Juan Mata discuss all things art and football.

RISHAM SYED: EACH TINY DROP - 29 JUNE. Honour our connection to water – and to one another – in this joyful gathering at Mayfield Park.

KAGAMI - 29 JUNE – 9 JULY. A ground-breaking mixed-reality concert event created by legendary composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto in collaboration with Tin Drum.

RYAN GANDER: THE FIND - 29 JUNE – 16 JULY. Take a quest across the city in search of artist Ryan Gander’s latest works.

TINO SEHGAL: THIS ENTRY - 29 JUNE – 16 JULY. Tino Sehgal presents a playful exchange between different masters of their craft.

WE CUT THROUGH DUST - 29 JUNE – 16 JULY. Venture through the streets of Manchester and be confronted with a version of the future in this interactive work.

ECONOMICS THE BLOCKBUSTER: IT’S NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL - 30 JUNE – 22 OCTOBER. Exploring new ways of being, working and doing business.

MODELLING QUEER UTOPIAS: A BLUEPRINT FOR A FUTURE - 1 – 15 JULY - SOLD OUT. Islington Mill invite you to explore new ways of living and working together.

SONICS, STORIES AND SCENES OF THE DIASPORA - 1 JULY. Our friends at SEEN Magazine and Manchester Museum shine a spotlight on the sounds of the South Asian diaspora.

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO AND GUESTS - 4 JULY. A world-class visionary makes a glorious return to Manchester.

THEY - 5 – 9 JULY. Limited Availability - Step into a dystopian world where Maxine Peake performs an afterhours reading of, They.

AFRODEUTSCHE WITH MANCHESTER CAMERATA CONDUCTED BY ROBERT AMES - 5 JULY. A night of musical innovation from three creative forces.

JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND: ONE NIGHT IN TRANS VEGAS - 6 JULY. A living legend of cabaret headlines a night of trans excellence.

ALL RIGHT. GOOD NIGHT. - 6 – 8 JULY. One of the biggest mysteries in modern travel merges with a personal story in this meditative performance by Rimini Protokoll.

SONIC GEOGRAPHY - 7 JULY. Lose yourself in a world premiere by John Luther Adams, alongside new commissions from world-class performers - all performed by the BBC Philharmonic

ANNA MEREDITH: FIBS WITH THE RNCM FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA - 8 JULY. The powerhouse composer is joined by the Royal Northern College of Music Festival Orchestra for a one-off spectacular.

SANAM MARVI - 8 JULY. The renowned Pakistani folk and Sufi singer makes her MIF debut.

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE AND SLUNG LOW: NOAH'S FLOOD - 9 JULY. Expect floods of joy in this hand-crafted opera with community at its heart.

JOHN GRANT SINGS THE SONGS OF PATSY CLINE WITH RICHARD HAWLEY AND BAND - 11 JULY | SOLD OUT. Two of the best live artists around come together in celebration of the legendary country star.

THE COMET IS COMING AND DAISY DICKINSON PRESENT HYPER-DIMENSIONAL EXPANSION BEAM - 12 JULY. Prepare to be transported to other realms as cosmic sound and vision collide.

BENJI REID: FIND YOUR EYES - 12 – 16 JULY. Conflict meets beauty in this live photography and dance show.

R.O.S.E: SHARON EYAL, GAI BEHAR AND YOUNG WITH BEN UFO - 13 – 16 JULY. Celebrate the freedom, energy and intimacy that run through club culture and dance.

ALISON GOLDFRAPP - 14 JULY - SOLD OUT. An icon returns to MIF with her electrifying solo project.

BALMY ARMY - 1 – 15 JULY. A movement for youth-led mental health – this is art and activism rolled into one.

50 HOURS OF FREEDOM - 14 JULY. Celebrate International Non-Binary People’s Day with a creative lock-in at Contact.

DESI FACTORY - 15 JULY. Discover future sounds with an unmissable night of British South Asian music.

THE TREQUARTISTA – ART AND FOOTBALL UNITED - MIF23 – MIF25. Football and art come into play in this two-year project that kicks off at MIF23.



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