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INVISIBLE CITIES
Drama
Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 14th July 2019 - Mayfield
Zenobia, a city of joy. Beersheba, a celestial city of gold. Isadora, a city of promise, seduction and desire. City by unseen city, the young explorer conjures from the ether a vast and spectacular empire – all for the benefit of its emperor, his master, who may never get to see it for himself…
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BELLS FOR PEACE
Drama
Thursday 4th July 2019 - Cathedral Gardens
Yoko Ono invites the people of Manchester to gather together in Cathedral Gardens and send a message of peace to the world. Join thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells from home and abroad as the city rings and sings out for peace – and welcomes the world to Manchester.
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JANELLE MONÁE
Gigs
Thursday 4th July 2019 - Castlefield Bowl
Janelle Monáe makes her MIF debut with an exclusive show on the opening night of MIF19. A singular and spectacular live performer, Monáe received massive acclaim in 2018 for Dirty Computer, which reached the top ten on both sides of the Atlantic and was named NPR’s Album of the Year.
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SCHOOL OF INTERGRATION
Drama
Friday 5th to Saturday 20th July 2019 - Manchester Art Gallery
Tania Bruguera’s powerful, provocative and inspiring new work draws us nearer to those who’ve made this city their home, inviting us to discover and embrace the diversity in our midst.
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PARLIAMENT OF GHOSTS
Drama
Friday 5th to Sunday 21st July 2019 - The Whitworth
This major installation reflects on the half-forgotten history of Ibrahim Mahama’s home country: Ghana, whose journey from British colony to independent nation was completed barely 60 years ago.
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ABIDA PARVEEN
Gigs
Friday 5th July 2019 - The Lowry
An exclusive collaboration between the world’s greatest spiritual singer and a legend of South Asian classical dance, together for one night only at MIF19.
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ALPHABUS
Dance
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July 2019 - Great Northen Warehouse
Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, the New York dancer-choreographer behind FlexN Manchester (MIF15), joins spoken-word powerhouse Young Identity and dancers from New York and Manchester for a thrilling, intense exploration of power and weakness, triumph and tragedy, anti-heroes and fallen angels.
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A DRUNK PANDEMIC
Drama
Friday 5th to Sunday 21st July 2019 - Victoria Station Tunnels
The Manchester cholera epidemic of the 1830s is the unlikely inspiration for the first major UK project by one of the world’s most playful and provocative art collectives. Here at the invitation of Contact Young Curators, five emerging local artists brought together by MIF and Contact, Tokyo’s Chim↑Pom are building a temporary brewery underneath Manchester Victoria Station (Subject to licence).
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FESTIVAL SQUARE
Friday 5th to Sunday 21st July - Festival Square
MIF are transforming Albert Square into Festival Square, the home of the Festival in the heart of the city. Free live music and DJs, great food and drink, MIF tickets and more – open noon till late daily, 5–21 July, and always absolutely free.
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DAVID LYNCH
Drama
Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st July 2019 - HOME
Weird, wonderful and forever wild at heart – the iconic David Lynch is taking over HOME for the duration of MIF19. Featuring art, film, music and more, this special season of events is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of the pioneering American artist, musician and director of such works as Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks.
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ATMOSPHERIC MEMORY
Drama
Saturday 6th to Sunday 21st July 2019 - MOSI
Experience a breathtaking interactive art environment where you can see, hear and even touch the sounds that travel through the atmosphere. Produced by Manchester International Festival and curated with FutureEverything and Science and Industry Museum.
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THE ANVIL
Drama
Sunday 7th July 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall
The evening sees the world premiere of a major new piece of music by composer Emily Howard, one of our most original musical voices, & writer Michael Symmons Roberts, winner of the Costa Poetry Award. Both an elegy to the fallen & a celebration of our city, the work will be performed at The Bridgewater Hall by the BBC Philharmonic & a huge massed chorus featuring the BBC Singers & three Hallé choirs.
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THE ANVIL : ANU
Drama
Sunday 7th July 2019 - Manchester City Centre
ANU is creating a series of 15 artistic interventions in Manchester city centre, all completely free. From theatre & dance to soundscapes & visual art, this day-long immersion is inspired by those who died at Peterloo – but also by the lives, stories & concerns of those living in Manchester today, from zero-hours contracts to climate change, forging a vital new connection between 1819 & our 21st-century city.
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TUESDAY
Drama
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 21st July 2019 - St. Augustine's Church
Tuesday’s an old man now, nearer the end than the beginning. As he looks back on his life, which began when he was abandoned in a church by his mother, we travel with him through time – into his memories, his dreams and the moments that shaped the person he became.
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UTOPOLIS MANCHESTER
Drama
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 13th July 2019 - Multiple Locations
Take an extraordinary journey in search of Utopia – and uncover the secret life of the city. Utopolis Manchester begins at dozens of city-centre locations: shops and bars, offices and cafés. In small groups, each equipped with our own loudspeaker, we’ll head out together to find the heart and soul of the city via singular episodes and chance encounters in a network of unexpected locations.
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THE FOUNTAINHEAD
Drama
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 13th July 2019 - The Lowry
Ivo van Hove brings his Internationaal Theater Amsterdam ensemble to The Lowry to perform his most controversial work. The Fountainhead is a gripping adaptation of Ayn Rand’s uncompromising 20th-century classic, a major inspiration for libertarian politicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
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THE NICO PROJECT
Drama
Wednesday 10th to Sunday 21st July 2019 - The Lowry
From her 1967 debut with The Velvet Underground to her premature death just two decades later, Nico was one of pop culture’s most enigmatic figures. Now, Maxine Peake (performer) and Sarah Frankcom (director) are conjuring this visionary artist up from the shadows with a stirring theatrical immersion into her sound, her identity and the world in which she fought to be heard.
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LENINGRAD
Gigs
Thursday 11th July 2019 - The Lowry
Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé’s Music Director, and Johan Simons, the acclaimed Dutch theatre director, are creating a new work for The Factory inspired by two great artists and their experiences living on a knife edge in the Soviet Union: composer Dmitri Shostakovich and writer Vasily Grossman, author of the epic Life and Fate.
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MAGGIE THE CAT
Dance
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th July 2019 - The Dancehouse
Troubled but tough, unloved but unbowed, Maggie the Cat is the captivating focus of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, acclaimed American choreographer Trajal Harrell places Maggie centre stage in his magnetic new dance work, a dazzling and provocative fusion of high art and pop culture that premieres at MIF19.
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TAO OF GLASS
Opera
Thursday 11th to Saturday 20th July 2019 - Royal Exchange
Composer Philip Glass & performer-director Phelim McDermott (Improbable) have worked together on acclaimed opera productions in London, New York & beyond, & Tao of Glass is their most personal collaboration yet. Inspired by a dream, this world premiere marries ten meditations on life, death & Taoist wisdom with ten brand new pieces of music from Glass, presented by McDermott with an ensemble of musicians & puppeteers.
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RE:CREATING EUROPE
Drama
Friday 12th July 2019 - The Lowry
What is Europe? Is it a continent or a culture, a bygone dream or a thriving reality – or all of the above?
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TO THE MOON
Drama
Friday 12th to Saturday 20th July 2019 - Royal Exchange
Created as part of Anderson’s MIF19 residency, To the Moon is a special opportunity to explore the ideas and inventions of this singularly brilliant American artist ahead of the new work she’ll be premiering and presenting at The Factory, the future home of MIF.
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ANNA CALVI (SOLO)
Gigs
Friday 12th July 2019 - HOME
The extraordinary Anna Calvi performs a rare solo show to open our three-night stand of musical innovators and pioneers inspired by the work of David Lynch. Calvi is one of the most powerful and captivating live performers around today, and this intimate theatre show is a perfect setting in which to hear tracks from across her career.
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THESE NEW PURITANS
Gigs
Friday 12th July 2019 - HOME
Fire, trees, oblivion, dreams… Fresh from acclaimed new album Inside the Rose, the magnificent These New Puritans perform a specially devised set of reimagined pieces from David Lynch films, including music by Angelo Badalamenti and David Bowie, in dialogue with tracks from their own back catalogue.
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STUDIO CRÉOLE
Drama
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019 - Academy
Featuring: Patrick Chamoiseau, Sayaka Murata, Adania Shibli, Sjón, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Dubravka Ugrešić, Alejandro Zambra. Seven leading writers from seven countries tell us seven new stories – in seven different languages.
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LAZY LUNCH
Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th July - The Glass House, Festival Square
Join MIF in Festival Square’s intimate Glass House for an indulgent weekend lunch with a difference. Four of the finest chefs in the North West are teaming up to create & cook an exclusive MIF menu of four fantastic courses, all served over a relaxed two-and-a-half-hour setting – and if you’re feeling really indulgent, there are also wines to match.
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OLIVER COATES, HATIS NOIT & CHRYSTA BELL
Gigs
Saturday 14th July 2019 - HOME
For the final show in our three-night David Lynch-inspired series, musician and longtime Lynch associate Chrysta Bell is joined by two of today’s most inventive musicians for two sets specially conceived for MIF19. Cellist Oliver Coates & Japanese vocalist Hatis Noit.
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH
Drama
Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th July 2019 - Ukrainian Cultural Centre
Choreographer Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers invite you to join them for a drink at a Cheetham Hill social club as they pull back the curtain on the glittering and mysterious world of the professional tribute artist.
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DYSTOPIA987
Gigs
Saturday 20th July 2019 - Secret Location
Featuring a live set from Skepta, guest appearances from hand-picked performers and DJs, a wealth of new technology and a cast inhabiting a hidden netherworld, DYSTOPIA987 is a journey into eternity – a future riven with uncertainty and fear but rich in wonder and possibility.
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QUEENS OF THE ELECTRONIC UNDERGROUND
Gigs
Saturday 20th July 2019 - O2 Ritz
Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC Radio 6 Music) brings together five of the most exciting electronic artists on the planet for an evening of pioneering sound and breathtaking visuals. Don’t miss this immersive journey into the future of electronic music. Featuring Jlin | Holly Herndon | Aïsha Devi ft. MFO | Klara Lewis | Katie Gately.
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ANIMALS OF MANCHESTER
Drama
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019 - The Whitworth & Whitworth Park
Animals of Manchester (including HUMANZ) pictures what life might be like if dogs, hogs, cats, bats and other creatures lived alongside us not just as our pets but as our peers –our companions. On the Festival’s final weekend, trace a trail through the Whitworth’s galleries and Whitworth Park and take part in some absorbing animal encounters.
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SUPPER CLUBS
Various Dates - Festival Square
Six acclaimed chefs will be cooking exclusive menus in the intimate Glass House in Festival Square. Lisa Goodwin-Allen | Chantelle Nicholson | Sebastian Mazzola and Sussie Villarico | Mark Birchall | Michael Wignall | Steven Smith.
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TOURS
Various Dates - Festival Square
Festival Square will be the meeting point for a series of walking tours, opening new perspectives on the city and MIF19. Future Manchester : What Comes Next for Our Cities | Utopian Manchester : The City of Reality and Dreams | Manchester as the Invisible City | Women of the Arts | The Guardian Tour : Power of the World | Natural Manchester : The Manchester Bee and Other Stories.
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