With the opening of HOME and news that The Whitworth Art Gallery has won Museum of the Year, Manchester’s cultural landscape has never looked so good. Manchester International Festival, now in it’s 10th year takes place from 2-19 July. Here are some of our recommendations, you can view the whole program at MIF.co.uk. 


Moira Buffini adapts Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into a new musical for the digital world. Directed by the National Theatre’s Rufus Norris with music by Damon Albarn.

Palace Theatre, 29 June - 12 July

High Tea in Wonderland

To coincide with wonder.land and to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, chef Mary-Ellen McTague creates a culinary adventure with Manchester Museum as her backdrop.

Manchester Museum, 5th, 12th & 19th July


‘Part art school, part science experiment, and part laboratory for ideas’ Interdependence brings together artists, performers, scientists, writers and technologists over the course of a weekend to join in conversation. 

Old Granada Studios, 4 - 5 July

FKA twigs: Soundtrack 7

FKA twigs’ subversive performances have achieved great acclaim, at MIF she aims to challenge the realm of performing further as she creates seven short films in front of a live audience.

Old Granada Studios, 9 - 15 July

Tree of Codes

Visual artist Olafur Eliasson, choreographer Wayne McGregor and producer/composer Jamie xx collaborate to produce a contemporary ballet based around the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer. 

Opera House, 3 - 10 July


After her MIF Biophilia residency four years ago Björk returns with her first European performance since the release of her most recent album, Vulnicara. 

Castlefield Arena, 5 July

The Skriker

Manchester sweetheart Maxine Peak and Sarah Franckom join forces for a new adaption of Caryl Churchill’s play The Skriker.

Royal Exchange Theatre,  2 July - 1 August

Festival Pavilion

For the duration of MIF Albert Square is transformed into the festival hub. Here you can soak up the atmosphere for free while immersing yourself in the heart of the festival.

Albert Square, 2 - 19 July 


Manchester’s cultural landscape has never looked so good...