Many people familiar with this great city will nod in agreement that Manchester has long been the cultural hub of England. For those in doubt, you need not look further than the Manchester International Festival (MIF) for assurance. Taking place every two years in Manchester, the internationally renowned arts festival is the world’s first celebration of original new work and special events.
Since MIF’s conception in the summer of 2007, Manchester continues to play a pivotal role in music, culture, innovation and the arts. The festival commissions new works spanning the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture; running for 17 days from 2 to 19 July. Events will be spread across the city in various venues depending on the acts and exhibitions.
MIF has become a main feature in the city’s cultural calendar and seeks to offer everyone the opportunity to see world renowned artists and shows they may not have otherwise seen. Always a crowd-puller, the festival usually brings over 250,000 visitors – many from abroad – into the city to spend their summer cash.
The biennial event has seen global household names grace our city in the past, including Snoop Dogg, Willem Dafoe and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
Although some events are free, many are ticketed and are selling fast – some already sold-out.
There is good news for Mancunians as MIF has a new reduced price ticket scheme, meaning every performance on sale is exclusively at just £12 for Greater Manchester residents. The intention behind this is to increase the festival’s accessibility to locals on a lower wage. MIF suggest that anyone on a £7.45 per hour or £13,500 per year salary classifies in this category.
The tickets are available on a first come first served basis. If eligible, you can acquire one by calling 0161 876 2406.
Already trending in Manchester on #MIF15 after announcing this year’s line up on 5 March, the festival is one of the most-anticipated cultural events not only in the city but nationwide. “Right, that’s tickets bought for @MIFestival. Blimey it’s always a nail-biting race to get ‘em before they sell out! #MIF15”, Creative Tourist wrote on their Twitter account.
Brooklyn-based Flex dance pioneer Reggie ‘Roc’ Gray and a specially assembled team of Flex dancers are just one of the dozens of acts making it on the line-up this year. Perhaps the biggest announcement this year is Björk who is back at MIF for a one-off gig at Manchester’s Castlefield Arena.
Bolton-born Maxine Peak returns for what many are describing “her most challenging role yet”, in The Striker. Already sold out, FKA Twigs will be in a seven-day residency at Old Granada Studios, but MIF have said more tickets may be available as the event develops.
For tickets, call the aforementioned telephone number. TNT will update you nearer the launch date.