Manchester International Festival has today announced John McGrath’s inaugural programme for the 2017 event, which runs Thursday 29 June to Sunday 16 July 2017. The programme includes everything from classical music to digital technology with some of the world’s most extraordinary artists presenting their work across the cities iconic venues and pop-up spaces. This year the festival presents world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events including a number of opportunities to see work for free.
Programme highlights include:
- COTTON PANIC! – AN INDUSTRIAL MUSIC DRAMA FROM JANE HORROCKS, NICK VIVIAN AND WRANGLER
- PARTY SKILLS FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, BY NIGEL BARRETT AND LOUISE MARI
- THOMAS OSTERMIER DIRECTS NINA HOSS IN WORLD PREMIERE OF RETURNING TO REIMS, AN URGENT RESPONSE TO THE POPULIST POLITICS SWEEPING EUROPE
- THEATRE-RITES CREATE THE WELCOMING PARTY, A SITE-SPECIFIC MIX OF INSTALLATION, LIVE MUSIC, PUPPETRY AND DANCE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN FOLLOWING STORIES AND REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES OF JOURNEYS
- CREATED BY THE PEOPLE OF MANCHESTER FROM AN IDEA BY JEREMY DELLER, WHAT IS THE CITY BUT THE PEOPLE TAKES MIF TO THE STREETS FOR THE OPENING EVENT OF THE FESTIVAL
- BORIS CHARMATZ’S 10000 GESTURES WILL TRANSFORM MAYFIELD DEPOT WITH A 25-STRONG ENSEMBLE OF DANCERS
- FATHERLAND – A POIGNANT NEW SHOW CREATED BY FRANTIC ASSEMBLY’S SCOTT GRAHAM, UNDERWORLD’S KARL HYDE AND PLAYWRIGHT SIMON STEPHENS
John McGrath, Festival Director, commented:
‘’I am thrilled to share the remarkable list of artists who are working with us to create this year’s Festival. These names, drawn from the United States, Egypt, Austria, China, France, Pakistan, Germany, and Iceland underscore how truly international MIF is.”
For the full festival programme, visit www.mif.co.uk.