Ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Manchester International Festival, but don’t know where to start? MIF Daily is our guide to the festival. A daily round-up of the hottest events and content to help you navigate what’s on.

We’ll tell you what to read, watch, listen and do – all the good stuff. Have a quick scroll, discover a new artist, learn something new.

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Couldn’t make it down to Festival Square over the weekend? Watch the highlights with Sounds from the Square.

We speak to Manchester creative Sam Malik ahead of Desi Factory – this Saturday’s celebration of South Asian talent.

Plus music from last Friday including electronic, afrofuturist duo GOMID and a DJ set from Ms Dee x Terri T as part of the Piano in the City takeover.


The second episode of our podcast Dream Space has landed. Gemma Cairney talks to Scottee – a multi-award-winning artist and dramaturg of The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions at MIF23.

Enter Scottee’s dream world featuring function rooms, queer euphoria and a whole lot of potato salad.


Lagos-based festival Homecoming returns to MIF for an unmissable, midweek party tonight on Festival Square.

Dubbed a cultural exchange between Africa and the world, Homecoming brings African creatives together once a year for three days of music, fashion, sport and art. For MIF21, the festival curated a one-night showcase of the most exciting music from Africa, the diaspora and beyond.

Tonight, expect DJ sets from Darka and live PAs from Abnormal Sleepz and Ebii until the early hours.

Check out the full line-up here.

Homecoming Live MIF21, photo credit Priti Shikotra

John Grand and Richard Hawley


John Grant and Richard Hawley took to the Hall stage last night to sing the songs of country legend Patsy Cline.

Didn’t get tickets? Here’s John Grant on the tragic life of the American star – plus five of her best songs.

John Grant | ‘She makes me feel seen’: John Grant on the greatness of Patsy Cline – and her five finest songs

Highlights from last week

Photo of the orchestra on stage

Sonic Geography at Bridgewater Hall

Photo of Maxine Peake performing in front of a stained glass window

They at John Rylands Library

Sanam Marvi at the Hall, Aviva Studios

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