This year has gone so fast that even the weather doesn’t believe it’s summer yet. The festival season, however, is almost upon us and we’re in for a real treat for the next few months. No excuses, July is truly the time to get out there and watch, see and experience the best that this city has to offer.
Greater Manchester Fringe 01.07.15 – 31.07.15
To start off July we have the 4th fringe where we are spoilt for choice across over 30 venues. This year promises to be it’s biggest yet with acts including Phil Jupitus but also a plethora of emerging North West talent. Over the month there really is something for everyone including cabaret, comedy and physical theatre so take a look at their comprehensive programme on the website and get involved. I’ll be going to Back Seat Betty at Joshua Brooks, Women Who Wank and The Hideout at Kings Arms.
MIF 02.07.15 – 19.07.15
Now a permanent fixture in the Manchester cultural scene, MIF is getting stronger than ever with commissioned work from FKA Twigs, Damon Albarn and the charming Justin Fletcher as Mr Tumble. We also see the return of Bjork after her belter of a show Biophilia in 2011 and although the one off show is sold out, tickets for Manchester residents may still be available as of today. Have a look at the MIF twitter page for updates. I’ll be going to Wonder.land at Palace, and Tree of Codes at Opera House, as well as checking out Manchester Art Gallery’s exhibition to get my fix.
Manifest 10.07.15 -12.07.15
This is the festival’s pilot year but already these art school graduates have hit the ground running and locked down some of the most prestigious spaces in the city. In response to MIF and Manchester’s ever-growing reputation as a cultural hub, Manifest has decided to showcase the best of North West talent. Have a look at their website for regular updates and a full programme. I’ll be going to Case Studies at John Rylands and Dreaming of New York.
Flare Festival 13.07.15 – 18.07.15
This performance and live arts based festival promises to be a fresh, exciting and a much needed connecting between UK based artists and our neighbours on the continent. Flare is a celebration of movement, of emerging artists and those who have mastered the art of performance. I’ll be writing for Flare across the festival week so look out for updates on their programme on here and via my twitter.