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Festival: Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival
Manchester International Festival

July 4th - 21st, 2019

MIF is returning this summer for another 18 extraordinary days of world premieres and special events across Manchester. MIF19 will welcome a spectacular variety of artists to present new work and special events in a rich tapestry of venues across the city.

Manchester International Festival (MIF) brings together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.

This year’s Festival features world premieres and new music by composers and musicians such as Philip Glass, Anna Clyne, Emily Howard and Laurie Anderson, performances by both the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé (conducted by Sir Mark Elder), and new work by artists from other disciplines such as Tania Bruguera, Ivo van Hove, David Lynch, Yoko Ono and Maxine Peake.


MIF takes place at venues all over Manchester, from established theatres and concert halls to found spaces. The majority of venues are within the city centre.

Dress code


Getting here

By air: There are direct flights to Manchester Airport from more than 210 destinations, with the city centre easily accessible by rail (15mins), Metrolink or taxi.

By train: There are regular direct trains between London and Manchester every 20 minutes, and frequent services from many other major UK cities.

By coach: National Express and Megabus run coaches between Manchester and many major UK cities. nationalexpress.com, uk.megabus.com

Getting around

By public transport: Manchester is well served by buses (including the free bus service around the city centre), frequent Metrolink trams and trains. You can plan your journey online. tfgm.com

By bike: There are cycle lanes on many local roads. tfgm.com/cycling

By car: Use NCP’s online ‘Find a car park’ tool to pre-book your Festival parking at selected car parks using the code FESTIVAL19. ncp.co.uk

Food and drink

Festival Square takes over Albert Square for the duration of MIF19, and is the home of the Festival in the heart of the city. There are many food options in the square, from casual stalls and stands to formal supper clubs, along with a stage hosting free performances in all genres and styles, several bars and much more besides.


Visit mif.co.uk/yourvisit to find out about Principal Manchester, MIF19’s Official Hotel Provider, or visit visitmanchester.com to find out about other accommodation across the city.

What's nearby?

Youthful, diverse, energetic and bursting with character, Manchester is one of the most exciting places to visit in the UK. Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sport. And today, Manchester combines this heritage with a progressive vision, making it a city that delivers surprise and delight in equal measures.

Why should someone come to your festival? 

Because in the words of the New York Times, describing our last Festival in 2017, we’re ‘One of the leading worldwide incubators for new, cutting-edge art.’

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