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Manchester International Festival

1 July 2021 to 18 July 2021Visit websiteBook tickets

Manchester International Festival opens this week, on Thursday 1 July – and you can follow much of the action wherever you are, whenever you want via MIF’s biggest ever online programme.

MIF LIVE is the Festival’s broadcast channel – going live on Thursday 1 July and running until Sunday 18 July. You can stream MIF21 shows such as All of This Unreal Time (created by a team including Max Porter and Cillian Murphy) and Notes on Grief (written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) – and you can catch live music from Festival Square via MIF LIVE, which features a rolling schedule of free talks, Q&As and more.

The Festival will also be presenting online versions of visual artworks at – visit the site to see Marta Minujín’s incredible Big Ben Lying Down, a temporary 42m sculpture in Piccadilly Gardens, or Cloud Studies, the latest exhibition from Forensic Architecture.

To experience MIF21 online, visit