Get ready for an explosion of culture; plays from European producers, actors from every continent and artists from across the world are coming to Manchester for this summer's Manchester International Festival. Beyond the scope of cinema has been a flurry of activity that has been bubbling away this past year in preparation for this rather epic feast.
It is hard to categorise all the events at the festival, but here's an handful of events and acts that are on this summer:
An adaptation of Russian avant-garde writer Daniil Kharms novella The Old Woman is a look at a writer who is struggling with themselves. Portrayed by critically acclaimed actors Baryshnikov, Dafoe, and Wilson, this is one for theatre-goers, and those who like works of Samuel Beckett, and Ibsen.
Featuring Maxine Peake, this performance will echo in local Mancunians ears, and ring true of the previous events that have marked previous generations. The massacre was a major event in British, but more specifically, Northern history, and is an interesting look at the way in which local magistrates worked, and may shed light on current life in Manchester for the audience.
SB.TV presents grime music, as well as an array of other genres and artists.
The XX are quite possibly one of my favourite artists on the dubstep scene. They have a very fluid, loose energy about them, and their song is the perfect lazy Sunday sound to ease you through the day.
For the duration of the Festival, Jamie xx, Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim will be taking over a secret space in the centre of town. Across 18 performances in a specially designed, 60-capacity room, the group will be presenting their music in uniquely atmospheric surroundings, redefining their music and their relationship with their audience in the process.
This entire paragraph makes me very excited. The XX couldn't fit the description (of the festival), better if they tried.
MONEY are performing their debut album.
Goldfrapp are performing with the live RNCM Orchestra (!)
The Biospheric Project might catch your attention if you're particularly interested in the environment, and what we might be able to do to change it for the better. The MIF proposes such questions, so really, this festival is a platform for new ideas, questions about the world we live in, life itself. While the festival features an array of stars the format in which these proposals come to the fore couldn't be less Hollywood.
There are also a handful of discussions, performances and shows that are all free.
This festival really does has something for everyone, which is a welcome relief compared to many music-festivals that exclude children and families, and only stick to one music genre. Prepare yourselves for an intimate experience, exclusive to Manchester, for The MIF has stuck to the true meaning of festival: fun for all.