Manchester International Festival (MIF) is back, bringing artists from all over the world to use the city as their inspiration and canvas – and inviting the people of Greater Manchester to take part.

Expect collaborations from some of the most exciting creative minds of our generation – blurring artforms, pushing boundaries and addressing the big questions of our time. And more than that, creating hope for the future.

Take a dive into the unknown alongside the usual world firsts and world-class art – as MIF pops up in places all over the city.

With lots of free events and £10 tickets available across all our shows, take a chance and try something new. Gather your friends and family, and find your joy. Your summer starts here.

Tickets on sale from 30 March ↓ 


Festival Square

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Manchester's favourite summer hangout returns for MIF23 with a free programme of live music and performances. From family-friendly events and spoken word, to DJ sets and bands; Festival Square’s all about showing off the best talent from the city and beyond.

For the first time ever, Festival Square takes over the banks of the River Irwell – Manchester’s newest outdoor space. Catch up with friends, watch new acts and pick from enough street food to keep your tummy happy. Whatever you’re into, Festival Square’s the place to kick back and discover what makes Manchester special.

More details on what’s on and who's performing will land this Spring. But you know we'll bring the tunes, the talent and the scran, and Manchester will bring the weather, right? Either way – see you in Fezzy Square.

International Residencies

Alongside artists presenting new work at MIF23, a group of international artists take up residency across the region. Soaking up the Festival and planning projects for the future, the artists and collectives will work alongside communities in Manchester, Salford, Wigan and Rochdale during MIF23 and beyond. Get to know them here.

Visit us

  • Visiting The Building

    If you're visiting our new space, take a look at our access information and travel plans and find out what to expect.
  • Visiting the festival

    MIF23 is taking place across the city in various different venues. Check out our visit and access hub to get the best out of your visit.

Become a Member

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Get the most of out of your Festival experience with a Factory International Membership. You'll get priority booking, discounts and special offers, plus 12 months of other perks and unforgettable experiences!

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