• JUL 04 to JUL 21
    Art Fair
    MIF 13 - United Kingdom


    • Art Fair
    • Contemporary
    • Emerging Artists
    • Photography
    • Prints & Works on Paper

    Dates and Opening hours

    JUL 04 to JUL 21, 2013

    Vernissage: 3 july 2013

    Event Location

    Manchester International Festival

    45 - 50 Piccadilly Plaza
    United Kingdom

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    Manchester International Festival today announces the first shows for the 2013 event: Kenneth Branagh returns to Shakespeare after more than a decade, in Macbeth; Britain’s best young band The xx play throughout the Festival for audiences of under 100; and The Biospheric Project sees a prototype urban farm created in a disused city centre mill on the River Irwell.

    MIF13 is the fourth edition of the world’s only festival of original new work. Previous highlights include Björk's ambitious three week Biophilia residency; director Robert Wilson's startling new piece for the stage, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi?; Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and Chen Shi-Zheng's Chinese opera Monkey: Journey to the West; group art event Il Tempo del Postino featuring work by Matthew Barney, Tacita Dean and Olafur Eliasson; and Zaha Hadid Architects' new space for the music of J.S. Bach.  Many of the works made and premiered in Manchester have gone on to tour internationally.

    MIF13 includes:


    MIF presents a once in a lifetime event: 17 performances of this new production, staged in a deconsecrated church. Directed by Rob Ashford (Anna Christie, A Streetcar Named Desire) and Kenneth Branagh; starring Branagh as Macbeth.

    The xx

    Following the release of their Number 1 album Coexist The xx are in residence at MIF, taking over an enigmatic found space in the centre of the city for the whole Festival. Each of these specially staged shows will have a capacity of no more than 100, giving audiences a new relationship with the band’s intimate, atmospheric music.

    The Biospheric Project

    How can we continue to put food on our tables as climates change and populations rise and become more urbanised? The Biospheric Project sees MIF team up with the Biospheric Foundation, a local community of researchers, scientists and urban farmers, to seek solutions to this most pressing question. Growing out of MIF11’s Vertical Farm study and the Biospheric Foundation’s own research, the team will transform an old industrial building in Salford into an agricultural space filled with experiments in sustainable food, technology and design. A commission with a long-term local legacy, MIF13 is just the beginning.

    Tickets for Macbeth and The xx go on sale in January – sign up for ticket alerts at mif.co.uk

    Alex Poots, Festival Director says: “These wide-ranging events offer a glimpse at the breadth of the programme for the fourth Manchester International Festival. We continue to make ambitious and engaged work with some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers, while taking the Festival – and our audiences – in new, unexpected and challenging directions.”

    Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure, said: "Manchester International Festival has now established itself on the world's cultural stage and as the first details of the fourth festival are revealed it's clear that the festival has lost none of its appeal, creativity or edge. There's no other festival in the world which on the one hand could attract a star of the calibre of Sir Kenneth Branagh while on the other transform an old warehouse into a community food project. ??But MIF is so much more than just a festival - it generates millions of pounds for the local economy, attracts visitors from across the world, builds the city's global reputation as an powerhouse for the arts. And we can now say with confidence that it leaves a lasting legacy." 

    MIF leads the way for UK festivals in fundraising from private sponsors, having passed the £2 million mark for MIF13; this in addition to substantial public funding received from Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Arts Council England. Many sponsors are returning from previous festivals, including The Co-operative Group, PZ Cussons, Manchester Airports, NCP Ltd and Bruntwood. MIF is also launching new avenues for individuals to support the Festival, including a friend’s scheme, MIF Member, at £50. For more details visit www.mif.co.uk/support-us/

    The full programme for MIF13 will be announced in February.

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