"One of the leading worldwide incubators for new, cutting-edge art. Though the festival has an international outlook and reputation, it also showcases Manchester stories and talent."
New York Times, June 2017
The Manchester International Festival brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which are staged in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.
This year the following events will be live subtitled:
When bold utopian visions are offered – from a society without work to a ‘green new deal’ – they are often dismissed as fantasies. So are we dreaming too big or too small? Join leading thinkers and radical doers for practical, everyday advice on how to completely change the world.
In a year when a deeply divided Britain is set to leave the EU, Re:Creating Europe explores the continent through the speeches and texts that have shaped, traced and defined its history. Re:Creating Europe uses the words of artists, thinkers and political leaders to evoke the very notion of Europe.
For most of history, humans have been guided by religion and myths that have given a sense of meaning. Now we live in an information age but no longer know who to trust and increasingly feel that our lives are inconsequential. What are the new stories we need and who should tell them?
Explore how science and technology is enabling us to reconfigure our minds, bodies and relationships with each other and the world around us. We’ll be hearing from the artists and futurists visualising new worlds and the thinkers tackling the big ideas.