Creative Manchester at Manchester International Festival 2023

Manchester International Festival returned in July bringing artists from all over the world to venues across the city. Creative Manchester contributed to the festival programme by producing two engaging research panel events on 4th and 5th July.

Manchester International Festival 2023 took place from 29 June to 16 July and featured a wide-ranging programme of original new work by artists from around the world in venues and spaces across the city. We are delighted to have seen MIF23 events take place in the University’s cultural institutions Manchester Museum, the John Rylands and the Whitworth.

As well as audience members, Manchester International Festival welcomes hundreds of volunteers from The University of Manchester staff and student community, who support the Festival.

The University of Manchester is proud to be a long-standing Senior Supporter of the festival and organiser Factory International, which we celebrated with two Creative Manchester-led events at the MIF23 Festival Dome, which showcased the platform’s research in creativity and creative practice.

On 4th July a panel of academics and artists came together to discuss the exhibition 'Traces of Displacement', which is part of the major AHRC-funded research project 'Understanding Displacement Aesthetics'. The exhibition is currently showing at the Whitworth until 7 January 2024.

On 5th July academics, artists and producers discussed how young people’s participation in arts, culture and entertainment activities relates to their wellbeing, using insights from the #BeeWell research project and the Factory International School programme.