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Yoko Ono, Idris Elba and Skepta are announced as part of the MIF programme

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The Manchester International Festival (MIF) has announced the first artists for its 2019 programme, with each commission set to offer a distinctive and very personal take on how we relate to today’s world. MIF 19 takes place from 4-21 July 2019, with artists from across the globe creating an enormous variety of new work in spaces throughout the city.

Bringing together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which are staged in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. MIF work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible and guarantees that they have a life after each Festival has ended.

This years festival includes Bells for Peace (Yoko Ono), TREE (Created by Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah), DYSTOPIA987 (Skepta), Janelle Monáe, Alphabus, Invisible Cities, Abida Parveen and many more.

MIF launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture

MIF’s Artistic Director & CEO is John McGrath. John was previously the Founding Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, where he won an international reputation for large-scale site-specific works, digital innovation, international collaboration and extraordinary community involvement. John replaced Alex Poots, MIF’s founding Artistic Director, who is now setting up a new cultural centre in New York.


MIF is a registered charity. Alongside the income received from Manchester City Council and Arts Council England, their principal funders, MIF also receives income from ticket sales and co-commissioning partners; from other public bodies, such as the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA); from private sponsorship; from charitable trusts and foundations; and from individual donations

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