Manchester International Festival will once again be welcoming a whole host of original work by some of the world’s greatest performers, artists, chefs and designers from the 30th of June to the 17th of July. Highlights from previous years include the startlingly brilliant Monkey: Journey to the West, the unique and absorbing It Felt Like a Kiss and the live collaboration of Elbow and The Hallé Orchestra.
For 2011 the organisers have once again provided a packed programme, here are some highlights to look out for:
• Damon Albarn returns in 2011 with director Rufus Norris to breathe new life into one of England’s greatest minds. Dr Dee’s life and achievements will be brought to light in this mystical musical performance.
Palace Theatre: Running 1st of July to 9th of July
• Written and directed by Victoria Wood, one of the most distinctive and well loved comedic voices comes a production inspired by one of Manchester’s most iconic music events. That Day We Sang retells the event of Manchester School Children’s Choir recording of Nymphs and Shepherds, splitting the story between the actual event in 1929 and an anniversary reunion in1969.
Opera House: Running 6th of July to 17th of July
• Sniper Alley was a route christened during the siege of Sarajevo between 1992 and 1996. In 1395 Days without Red, a lone women relives her experiences of the siege and her lone journey through the city. Developed and filmed as a collaborative film project by Šejla Kamerić and Anri Sala
Whitworth Art Gallery: Running from 2nd of July to 17th of July
• Snoop Dogg’s debut album Doggystyle is a record that, for many, defines a genre and a decade. This very special show is a unique multimedia experience that brings together the original featured artists to play Doggystyle in its entirety. Released in 1993, Doggystyle became the fastest-selling debut album of all time. This event reproduces the entire album with live appearances from original featured guests, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, RBX, Lady Rage, Joe Cool and Warren G.
02 Apollo Friday 15th of July
• Located in Manchester’s Piccadilly Station, a place where everyday dramas are constantly acted out, Audio Obscura is an aural version of the camera obscura: a framed and heightened reflection of the passing world. You will enter into the crowd to take part in an exploration of the overheard. What did she mean? Did he really say that? Does she realise what she is saying? You might wish you hadn’t listened or you might want to know more.
Piccadilly Station: Running 2nd of July to 17th of July
For all the details visit: http://mif.co.uk/