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Manchester International Festival today announces the programme for the 2017 Festival, which takes place 29 June – 16 July 2017.

This is the first edition of the festival under new Artistic Director John McGrath, and features
more than 20 world premieres.

“I am thrilled to share the remarkable list of artists who are working with us to create this year’s
Festival. These names, drawn from the United States, Egypt, Austria, China, France,
Pakistan, Germany, and Iceland underscore how truly international MIF is.”

“Only a Festival of new work could speak so compellingly to the current state of the world.
Everything has changed in the last 12 months, and our artists are responding in real time.
This is where MIF’s commitment to commissioning new ideas from artists comes in to its own:
many of these pieces are being made right now, and will continue to evolve in response to
the events happening around us.” John McGrath, Artistic Director and CEO

Artists in the 2017 Festival include Boris Charmatz, Jane Horrocks, New Order, Liam
Gillick, Yael Bartana, Arcade Fire, Phil Collins, Underworld, Lucinda Childs, Frank
Gehry, John Adams, Tomas Ostermeier, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Matthew Herbert,
Anna Meredith, Olga Neuwirth, Huang Ro, Mohammed Fairouz, Philip Venables, Jeremy
Deller, Mary-Ellen McTague, Johann Johannsson, Company Wayne McGregor, Simon
Stephens, Scott Graham, Susan Hefuna, Sampha, Raymond Yiu, Paloma Gormley,
Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Samson Young and many more.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:
“In just over a decade from its early beginnings in 2005 MIF has helped secure Manchester’s
centre-stage position on the global arts scene, and has become a much talked about and
anticipated fixture on the international arts calendar.

“It has attracted thousands of visitors from around the world, providing an important economic
boost to the city, whilst also inspiring local people to get involved.

“The calibre of internationally renowned artists, musicians and performers announced for this
year’s event shows that MIF is continuing to break new ground, and is set once again to
showcase Manchester as the vibrant centre of innovation and creativity that it undoubtedly

MIF works closely with many venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the
world. The financial and creative input from these partners helps to make many MIF projects
possible, and guarantees they have a life after the Festival has ended. MIF has worked with
50 commissioning partners on 47 new shows over the first five Festivals (2007–2015), shows
which have travelled as far afield as Los Angeles, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi since their
premieres at MIF. This year 12 of MIF’s commissions will have a future life in cities ranging
from Hong Kong to Vienna.

Gorvins are proud to sponsor the Manchester international Festival 2017.