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Manchester International Festival

World premiéres and special events for 18 extraordinary days transforming the city into a bustling festival zone.

02 July - 19 July 2015

Now in its fifth edition Manchester International Festival presents an array of new, exciting and 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. :  2 - 12 July 2015

Damon Albarn returns to MIF with, a new musical inspired by Alice In Wonderland.

With music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini, the show follows Aly into, an extraordinary virtual world where she can escape from school bullies and an unhappy home life.

For this production MIF have reunited Damon and the National Theatre's Director Rufus Norris, the team behind MIF11's acclaimed opera, Dr Dee. 

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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