Running from 30 June – 17 July this year's Festival welcomes original events from world famous names including Bjork, Snoop Dogg, Sinéad O'Connor, Damon Albarn and Marina Abramović.
For 18 days MIF will present events around the city including:
Björk – Biophilia: Three week Manchester residency; the world premiere of her Biophilia live show, which will include music, nature and technology
Alina Ibragimova / The Quay Brothers – Bach, Berio, Biber and Bartók, Béla: Promenade staging of chamber music in the last medieval quarter of Manchester
Rufus Norris, Damon Albarn - Doctor Dee: New work inspired by Renaissance alchemist, scientist and spy, Doctor John Dee
The Life & Death of Marina Abramović: Robert Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Antony & Abramović in a startling new piece for the stage
Punchdrunk – The Crash of the Elysium: Immersive theatre company's first show for children
Victoria Wood – That Day We Sang: Britain's best-loved comedic voice creates a Manchester love story – with singing
11 Rooms @ MAG FREE: Group show featuring stellar international cast of artists making durational work
Snoop Dog – Doggystyle: Hip Hop pioneer presents the first UK performance of his genre-defining debut
1395 Days without Red + Projections FREE: New film by Anri Sala & Sejla Kameric, plus Artangel retrospective
Amadou & Mariam – Eclipse: Blind Malian superstars stage first concert entirely in the dark
Sacred Sites FREE: Faith groups across Manchester invite leading singers to perform in local sites of worship
Music Boxes FREE: A melodic adventure for children aged 6 months – 7 years
Sinead O'Connor: Three intimate shows premiering new material and revisiting old favourites
John Gerrard – Infinite Freedom Exercise (near Abadan, Iran) FREE: An evolving virtual world, running 24 hours a day on an LED wall on Lincoln Square
WU LYF: Manchester's own WU LYF play their only UK Festival date this summer
Lavinia Greenlaw – Audio Obscura FREE: Located on Piccadilly Station, a framed and heightened reflection of the passing world
Rickie Lee Jones – Pirates and more: 30 years since its release, Jones plays her album Pirates plus a career-spanning set
Johnny Vegas – new show: New theatre piece from the inimitable Mr Vegas. Watch this space for details.
Die Walküre + The Madness of an Extraordinary Plan: Hallé/Elder/Bartlett/McBurney: Concert performance of Die Walkure with supporting prologue. Plus FREE preview
Mark Andre: First UK performances of work by this remarkable French composer
True Faith: A celebration of Manchester-made talent; live bands and in-conversations in MIF's Pavilion Theatre
Paul Heaton – The 8th: Epic pop song all about the deadly sins – including a brand new one, The 8th
The Festival launched in 2007 as an artist-led, commissioning festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.
Festival Square, the hub of the Festival, in Albert Square, will also host regular DJ nights, a café and bar space.
This year's Festival will once again make Manchester the cultural epicentre of the world.
Tickets are available from Quaytickets on 0161 876 2198
Check www.mif.co.uk for updates
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