MIF comes to town

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As someone who’s not going to Glastonbury this year, I’m feeling somewhat glum at the moment. Not only is the weather for the three-dayer supposed to be glorious, but three friends are off to frolic though Shangri-La and the Healing Fields, so there’s no escaping the Glasto vibes. *Sob.

I was therefore heartened a couple of weeks ago to stumble across the line-up for a festival I can go to – the Manchester International Festival. Having only moved to the area last year, I must admit I’d not heard of it before. I was excited to read that MIF is the world’s first festival of new work and special events, which celebrates Manchester’s ‘pivotal role in music, culture, innovation and the arts’. From a PR perspective, it’s a great way to raise Manchester’s profile and showcase what the place has to offer, especially given the mixed media response to the BBC’s move north.

The line-up really does seem to have something for everyone, from Damon Albarn’s opera Dr. Dee to Sinead O’Connor, Dave Haslam and Snoop Dogg. With many events being put on free of charge, the festival is certainly a fantastic way to see world-class artists in my own city.

Apparently, MIF is aiming to become one of the biggest events on the international calendar over the next few years, with increased opportunities for community participation. I’ve booked tickets for this year (Dr. Dee, if you’re asking) and I’m really looking forward to experiencing the buzz that events like this usually bring to the city centre – not to mention a bit of celeb-spotting!