Cultural Organisation

Manchester International Festival

Manchester, United Kingdom


  • Manchester International Festival
  • Blackfriars House
  • Manchester
  • England
  • M3 2JA
  • United Kingdom




Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events and takes place biennially, in Manchester, UK. 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.

In 2015 highlights included the Alice in Wonderland inspired with music by Damon Albarn, book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, directed by Rufus Norris; and contemporary-ballet Tree of Codes a spellbinding collaboration between Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson and Jamie xx that featured dancers for Company Wayne McGregor and Paris Opera Ballet; Gerhard Richter and Arvo Pärt dedicating work to each other for Richter/Pärt and FKA twigs’ Soundtrack 7 residency where audiences observed the artist’s creative process at close quarters.