Manchester festival announces programme

Manchester International Festival has today announced John McGrath’s inaugural programme for the 2017 event, running from June 29 to July 16.

The programme includes everything from classical music to digital technology with exciting artists presenting their work across the city’s iconic venues and pop-up spaces. This year the festival presents world premieres, unique concerts and one-off events including a number of opportunities to see work for free.

The festival will include: Cotton Panic! (pictured), an industrial music drama set in Lancashire 1861; Party Skills for the End of the World, teaching audience members the essential skills needed to survive and thrive in a world where everything they’ve taken for granted has gone; Returning to Reims, an urgent reflection on the new world order; and What is the City but the People?, a specially designed runway stretching more than 100 meters through Piccadilly Gardens.