Manchester International Festival takes place at venues all over the city and draws on the city's role in music, with the programme usually focusing particularly on new music.
The festival also has concerts premiered during the event by established and emerging international musicians. The festival runs from Thursday 4th until Sunday 21st July 2019.
Thursday 4th July:
Janelle Monáe plus special guests, at Castlefield Bowl [7pm-11pm]. (£35)
Bells for Peace. Yoko Ono invites the people of Manchester to gather together in Cathedral Gardens at 6pm and send a message of peace to the world. Join thousands of diverse voices and a people’s orchestra of bells from home and abroad as the city rings and sings out for peace – and welcomes the world to Manchester. (£5)
Thursday 4th - Wednesday 10th July:
TREE. Tree takes you on a thrilling journey in search of the soul and spirit of contemporary South Africa. Created by Idris Elba, whose album Mi Mandela provides the soundtrack, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, the dynamic new Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic, this major world-premiere production takes place in the round within Upper Campfield Market Hall, one of Manchester’s most atmospheric spaces. Music, dance and film combine with an exciting cast to explore the past, present and future of this country at a crossroads – all through the eyes of one young man on a journey of healing. (from £30)
Wednesday 17th - Friday 19th July:
Dystopia987 by Skepta. Skepta invites you to enter another world in this series of intimate and immersive experiences. Held in a secret Manchester location, DYSTOPIA987 is a waking dream that presents Skepta’s singular vision of the future: deep, dark, radical and riveting. Featuring a live set from Skepta, guest appearances from hand-picked performers and DJs, a wealth of new technology and a cast inhabiting a hidden netherworld, DYSTOPIA987 is a journey into eternity – a future riven with uncertainty and fear but rich in wonder and possibility. (from £35)
Ticket prices vary depending upon event. See above for prices.
This event does not have camping but there are a number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the area.
More information will be here when available.
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