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Manchester International Festival

World premiéres and special events for 18 extraordinary days

02 July - 19 July 2015

Returning for the fifth time in summer 2013, the Manchester International Festival of new, original work transforms the city into a festival-zone bringing specially commissioned work by some of the world's best artists in visual and performing arts, music and popular culture.

The full Festival details can be found here. Key events include:

The Age of Starlight
Date TBC

Audiences at Manchester International Festival will experience The Age of Starlight: a world first show about the origin of the universe and everything within and without it.

Brought to life by inventor Rony Abovitz and the team at Magic Leap, Professor Brian Cox will tell the story of the unlikely events that have led to our existence.

Directed by Oscar-winner Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland,One Day in September), The Age of Starlight will feature computer-generated imagery created by Oscar-winner Tim Webber andFramestore, the VFX team responsible for the film Gravity.

Tree of Codes
2 - 10 July 2015

Manchester International Festival is bringing together the choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson and Mercury Prize-winning producer/composer Jamie xx to create a contemporary ballet inspired by the book Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Tickets £12 - £45, via or call 0844 871 7654.

The Tale of Mr Tumble

13 - 18 July 2015 

Manchester International Festival has invited Justin Fletcher to create The Tale of Mr Tumble, a very special new show for children and their families in the glorious and intimate surroundings of Manchester's Opera House.

This funny, moving and visually exciting show gives children the chance to see Mr Tumble live and up close as he tells his own improbable life story.

Tickets £12 - £25, or call 0844 871 7654.

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