Manchester International Festival


Manchester International Festival is the world‘s first festival of original, new work and special events and takes place biennially, in Manchester, UK.

Manchester International Festival is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events, and takes place biennially in Manchester, UK.

The Festival launched in 2007 as an artist-led, commissioning festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

Highlights from the past four festivals – 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 have included group shows Il Tempo del Postino and 11 Rooms, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Monkey: Journey to the West, Punchdrunk’s immersive Dr Who experience The Crash of The Elysium, Music Boxes, a wonderful commission for children aged 6 months-7 years, Victoria Wood’s That Day We Sang, Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford's Macbeth, The Old Woman with Willem Dafoe and Mikhail Baryshnikov and the premieres of special gigs from artists such as Bjork, Snoop Dogg, Sinead O’Connor, and the xx.

The festival also encompasses MIF Creative, the community and learning focused arm of the festival, bringing MIF to the people and communities of Manchester and learning from them in its turn.

Blackfriars House, Parsonage, M3 2JA Manchester, United Kingdom

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