All of us at Freds are really excited about Manchester International Festival this year, there’s loads of amazing events in unique venues all around the city. MIF have hand picked some creative events for you to check out below.
returns for the fourth time from 4 – 21 July, bringing you eighteen extraordinary days of world premières and world class acts. Experience theatre, music, family events and art exhibitions in venues across Manchester city centre.
do it 20 13 is a groundbreaking exhibition that turns the notion of viewing into an active and performative encounter between artist and visitor. The exhibition consists of a growing series of written artists’ instructions, each of which is interpreted anew every time it is enacted. These instructions range from the active and the absurd to the profound and the philosophical, some to be accomplished at the gallery and others to be taken away and carried out at home.
Artists include Richard Wentworth, Etel Adnan, Ai Weiwei, Yto Barrada, Theaster Gates, Casey Reas Peter Saville,and Ryan Trecartin, Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin.
Pioneering theatre director Robert Wilson (The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, MIF11) returns to Manchester with, The Old Woman, starring legendary dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov (Sex and the City) and world-renowned actor Willem Dafoe (Spiderman). With echoes of Beckett in its deadpan narrative and humour, The Old Woman is one of the great works of the Russian avant-garde that tells the story of a struggling young writer.
Once Upon A Story
Sat 13 – Sun 21 July
Manchester Town Hall
Suitable for ages 4+
A sparkling, wordless performance using material from classic fairytales, taking the whole family on an adventure into the dark heart of the fairytale story… and out again!
Once Upon a Time is a highly visual performance which distils the essence of fairytales to reveal ideas and figures that will be familiar to children (and adults) of all ages, in a world where anything is possible.