"A Festival Like No Other" MIF's Biggest EVER Online Programme

This week sees Manchester International Festival kick off in style...

By Manchester's Finest | 1 July 2021

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Manchester International Festival opens this week – but if you can’t make it into the city, then MIF is presenting its biggest ever online programme – so you can enjoy the Festival wherever you are, whenever you want.

MIF LIVE is the Festival’s broadcast channel – going live on Thursday 1st July and running until Sunday 18th July. You’ll be able to stream several shows on demand, including:

All of This Unreal Time
A new film starring Cillian Murphy, written by Max Porter, directed by Aoife McArdle and with music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner and Jon Hopkins.

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The Global Playground
Theatre-Rites’ uplifting new show for children and family audiences, exploring how we play together.

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Notes on Grief
A new theatrical adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful new book – a timely reflection on family, love and loss.

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The Patience of Trees
A beautiful concert inspired by the healing potential and power of the natural world, written by composer Dobrinka Tabakova, and performed by Manchester Camerata.

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And premiering online for free at the Festival this year, Postcards from Now – five new films from artists under lockdown, considering the question that we’ve all been asking ourselves and others: what happens next?

You can also catch live music from Festival Square via MIF LIVE, which features a rolling schedule of free talks, Q&As and more.

The Festival will also be presenting online versions of visual artworks at mif.co.uk – visit the site to see Marta Minujín’s incredible Big Ben Lying Down, a temporary 42m sculpture in Piccadilly Gardens, or Cloud Studies, the latest exhibition from Forensic Architecture – and don’t miss the Virtual Factory, new digital projects inspired by the Festival’s future home.


To experience MIF21 online and book tickets, visit mif.co.uk