Manchester International Festival, What’s on 2011

MIF 2011

The Manchester International Festival 2011 (i.e this year), will be taking place from Thursday 30th June to Sunday 17th July 2011 and looks to be one of the best Manchester Events in 2011.  If you are looking for world class new artists, work and special events, you will love it this year.  After a 2 year wait the city will celebrate its significant role in world music, multi-culture, and innovation, opening with a performance from World class Artist Bjork.  For those of you at Glastonbury 2011, save yourself for some spectacular art when you come home 😉

What is the Manchester International Fesitval?

MIF Posters

There are posters all over town

The Manchester International Festival has been running since the summer of 2007, with the sole purpose of promotional activities for new and upcoming artists from around the world, including group shows such as the popular Il Tempo del Postino (a unique Visual Opera originally organised by Art Basel, Fondation Beyeler and Theater Basel). The Manchester International Festival serves as a somewhat legacy from the ever lasting success of Commonwealth Games 2002, which were held in Manchester. If you like the sound of it check out the programme for what’s on at MIF 2011 from the MIF website here.

Doctor Who comes to Manchester?

Matt Smith

The variety of performances should prove to be ideal for any family day out in manchester. Due to popular demand in previous years, more events have been added for the whole family to enjoy, especially the kiddies.  Thanks to MIF and the BBC, ‘Punchdrunk The Crash of the Elysium’ takes you on a journey through the world of Doctor Who. Sadly the whole cast of Doctor Who cannot be there to attend (Matt Smith & Karen Gillian), but the production team behind the fantastic BBC Worldwide series will be; taking you on a journey in which the audience become the stars in a phenominal live show in the BBC’s new home in the Northwest; MediaCity.  The show is expected to sell out shortly, and is posing a slogan:

This is your story, your mission, you are the hero.  Everything depends on you.  If you don’t turn up, the world does not get saved.”

If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, here is a the official trailer for MIF 2011

Doctor Who Trailer

Manchester International Festival Family Programme

Here are the details for the family events at MIF 2011. There are two different types of performance of The Crash of the Elysium – Children Only Performances and Family Performances. The show is specially made for children aged 6-12, so anyone outside this age range will not be admitted, that’s including adults (unless taking part in the Family performances).

Children’s Performances

Children only aged 9-12, adults can enter to get their kids settled but must leave the performance after 5 minutes, so the kids can complete the show, adults you go grab a coffee in the cafe. Children are with an actor at all times. Here are the dates:

Sat 2 July 13:10 to 17:40
Sun 3 July 11:30 to 11:50
Tue 5 to Fri 8 July 18:40 to 20:50
Sat 9 & Sun 10 July 17:00 to 20:40
Tue 12 to Fri 15 July 18:40 to 20:50
Sat 16 & Sun 17 July 17:00 to 20:40

Family Performances

Adults are allowed to accompany children aged 6-12, this performance is also suitable for children aged 6-8.  1 adult can accompany each child and adults are requested to hold back and allow children to lead the performance. We know you all liked Doctor Who as a kid yes, and may feel the urge to join in.

Thu 30 June (Preview tickets £10) 16:00 to 20:50
Fri 1 July 16:00 to 20:50
Sat 2 July 11:00 to 13:00, 17:40 to 20:40
Sun 3 July 11:00 to 11:20, 12:20 to 20:40
Tue 5 to Fri 8 July 16:00 to 18:10
Sat 9 & Sun 10 July 11:00 to 16:50
Tue 12 to Fri 15 July 16:00 to 18:40
Sat 16 & Sun 17 July 11:00 to 16:50

Manchester International Festival Tickets

Tickets can be booked via the hotline +44 (0)161 876 2198 or alternatively via the booking website.


Don’t forget there are many other things on at Manchester International Festival, check out the programme for more details on the Manchester International Festival website