MIF23

Manchester International festival
Damien Frost

Manchester International Festival returns, this year with many of the biggest comissions found at cultural spaces around Oxford Road. Here’s what’s happening here on the Corridor.

One of the leading worldwide incubators for new, cutting-edge art. Though the festival has an international outlook and reputation, it also showcases Manchester stories and talent.

New York Times

Factory International has announced the 2023 edition of Manchester International Festival, which takes place from 29 June to 16 July. Working with partners regionally and across the globe, the wide-ranging programme of original new work by artists from around the world will take place in venues and spaces throughout the city, with many taking place across the Oxford Road Corridor and at Factory International’s much-anticipated new home, which opens its doors for the first time for the Festival, in advance of its official opening in October.

From a collaboration exploring art and the beautiful game by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and footballer Juan Mata, featuring new work by Tino Sehgal, to a mixed reality concert by Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, from a live photographic performance by Benji Reid to a musical adaptation of a cult queer classic by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman, the expansive programme of new work premiering at the Festival will see art forms merge, breaking new creative ground and challenging perceptions.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Factory International & Manchester International Festival John McGrath says: “From the radical and agenda setting to the purest of celebrations, MIF23’s programme covers a huge range of art forms and styles – from a ritual on the banks of a newly uncovered river, to mixed reality from one of Japan’s greatest composers, from a hunt for artworks across the city to a residency from one of American music’s most vibrant superstars. A genuine melting pot of creativity where artists share their ideas with each other and the public, the Festival will once again take the temperature of our times, and imagine possibilities for the future.

You can see the entire MIF23 lineup here. Below are some of the best events which you can see here on the Corridor.

What’s On

View of Circle Square from the pavilion at Symphony Park
Circle Square

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Hatch

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Green Spaces

Oxford Road Corridor has a number of historic parks and contemporary green spaces to enjoy.

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At Home with the Pankhurst Family
The Pankhurst Centre | Until 31 August 2025

The transformation of the Pankhurst Centre exhibition space is incredible thanks to its new permanent exhibition, At Home with the Pankhurst Family.

(Un)Defining Queer
The Whitworth | Until 26 November 2023

(Un)Defining Queer delves into the Whitworth’s collection to examine how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means.

Dab Hands
The Manchester Museum | Until 31 July 2023

Dab Hands is an exhibition that celebrates the extraordinary relationship that we have with our hands and the value of the skills that can be acquired

Golden Mummies of Egypt
Manchester Museum | Until 14 April 2024

Catch the final weeks of Manchester Museum’s re-opening exhibition, the Golden Mummies of Egypt which closes its doors in April. Don’t miss your last chance to see it!

A Tale of Manchester Life – Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House | Until 2 April 2024

A new exhibition exploring how Elizabeth Gaskell presented Manchester and its people through her novels and short stories, and the impact she had through her writing.

Traces of Displacement
The Whitworth | Until 7 January 2024

Traces of Displacement uses the Whitworth’s collection to address one of the major humanitarian concerns – forced displacement.

Richard Kelly: A Time and Place
The Refuge | Until 31 August 2023

Celebrated music photographer Richard Kelly showcases never before seen shots of Amy Winehouse, Florence and the Machine and more.

Gherdai Hassell / Undercurrents: Colour and the Shifting Self
HOME | Until 13 August 2023

Gherdai Hassell presents a new body of work at HOME in an exhibition that explores the multifaceted nature of identity.

The Poetics of Water
Castlefield Gallery | Until 24 September 2023

The Poetics of Water asks visitors to look at landscapes, borders and centuries and think deeply about soil and water’s fundamental elements.

I, Daniel Blake
HOME | Until 1 July 2023

I, Daniel Blake is one of the most important stories of a generation. A glimpse behind the headlines and the stark reality of what happens…

The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions 
HOME | Until 2 July 2023

The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions at HOME brings together theatre, dance and song for the ultimate anarchic bedtime story.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Manchester International Festival 2023
Various Venues | Until 16 July 2023

Manchester International Festival returns, this year with many of the biggest commissions found at cultural spaces around Oxford Road. Here’s what’s happening here on the Corridor.

RNCM Wind Orchestra with Mikhail Nemtsov (cello)
Royal Northern College of Music | 29 June 2023

RNCM’s Wind Orchestra returns this summer for a riveting evening of new works, including Luis Serrano Alarcón’s Cello Concerto.

Economics the Blockbuster
The Whitworth | Until 22 October 2023

Economics the Blockbuster is a research and exhibition project, developed in collaboration with Alliance Manchester Business School and MIF.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World
The Whitworth | Until 10 March 2024

Albrecht Dürer’s Material World is the first major exhibition of the Whitworth’s outstanding Dürer collection in over half a century.

Lunchtime Lectures: Make a new beginning
Contact | 30 June 2023

Creating a better world through inclusion in the Arts and Humanities by Dr Jessica Gagnon, Manchester Institute of Education

Hunee
YES | 30 June 2023

House producer and vinyl junkie Hunee cultivates deep, sunny grooves with a clear reverence for Chicago and Detroit house as well as jazz, and dub influences.

Sonics, stories and scenes of the Diaspora
The Manchester Museum | 1 July 2023

SEEN Magazine and Manchester Museum shine a spotlight on the sounds of the South Asian diaspora for Manchester International Festival.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Balmy Army
HOME | Until 17 September 2023

A movement for youth-led mental health. Balmy Army is art and activism rolled into one show – expect the unexpected.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Explore@RNCM: It’s Party Time!
Royal Northern College of Music | 2 July 2023

To mark the end of its 50th year, the Royal Northern College of Music is throwing open its doors to the local community.

Explore@RNCM: Into The Woods
Royal Northern College of Music | 2 July 2023

Join RNCM for a one-off, semi-staged performance of Sondheim’s award-winning adventure, Into the Woods.

Explore@RNCM: Late Night Sessions
Royal Northern College of Music | 2 July 2023

RNCM round off their celebrations with some of Manchester’s finest DJs taking us through five decades of music.

HMT Empire Windrush, Untold Stories
Manchester Poetry Library | Until 2 September 2023

Manchester Poetry Library is proud to present Untold Stories, an exhibition featuring stories and creative writing from participants in the Untold Stories project

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical
Palace Theatre | Until 23 July 2023

The smash-hit musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on Roald Dahl’s classic story.

All Right. Good Night.
HOME | Until 8 July 2023

Weaving personal tragedy with catastrophe at large, All right. Good night. is a meditation on loss and how to deal with uncertainty.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Tino Sehgal: This Entry
The Whitworth | Until 16 July 2023

Tino Sehgal presents a playful exchange between different masters of their craft. Premieres at the National Football Museum and the Whitworth.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Lunchtime Lectures: What do we mean by ‘Loneliness’?
Contact | 7 July 2023

What do we mean by ‘Loneliness’? by Prof Pamela Qualiter, Dr Lily Verity, and Jasmine Conway

Sonic Geography
The Bridgewater Hall | 7 July 2023

Lose yourself in the world premiere of Sonic Geography by John Luther Adams, played by pianist Ralph Van Raat.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Hot Brown Honey
HOME | Until 10 July 2023

Rise and Shine Motherlovers! Hot Brown Honey are back with THE REMIX – Fierce! Femme! Global First Nations!

Curry Mile – A Changing Neighbourhood
Manchester Central Library | Until 30 September 2023

Curry Mile – A Changing Neighbourhood is a documentary photography project exploring ‘present day’ Wilmslow Road.

Benji Reid: Find Your Eyes
Manchester Academy | Until 16 July 2023

Known for Afro-futurist images that seem to defy gravity, Benji Reid invites us to watch him at play as he creates live photography in this genre-bending show.

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Organisations of Hope Symposium
The Manchester Museum | 13 July 2023

Join Creative Manchester at The Museum for a one-day symposium exploring creative health in Greater Manchester.

Lunchtime Lectures: Sharing untold stories
Contact | 14 July 2023

Oral Histories and Futures by Professor Sarah Marie Hall will touch on the role of creative and participatory methods to get at often untold stories

50 Hours of Freedom
Contact | 14 July 2023

Celebrate International Non-Binary People’s Day with 50 Hours of Freedom, a creative lock-in at Contact for MIF23

Part of Manchester International Festival 2023

Business Startup Bootcamp: MedTech
CityLabs 1.0 & Online | Until 12 July 2023

Increase your chances of business success with our upcoming Business Startup Bootcamp, designed for early-stage MedTech companies.

See what’s on
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A dish from WOOD Manchester
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The Refuge

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Breakfast and Brunch on Oxford Road

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Cocktails on Oxford Road

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Bars and Pubs on Oxford Road

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View of Circle Square from the pavilion at Symphony Park
Circle Square

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Back of Engels statue at First Street Manchester
First Street

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People laughing on University Green one of the many parks and green spaces on Oxford Road
Green Spaces

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