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2023 Manchester International Festival to feature Janelle Monáe, Ryuichi Sakamoto and John Grant

14 March 2023, 12:10 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

This year's programme for Manchester International Festival has been announced, which includes new work from Ryuichi Sakamoto, a three-day residency from Janelle Monáe, a new show from John Grant, and more.

The 2023 Manchester International Festival programme has been revealed, and the festival, which runs from late June to mid July, will include a a mixed reality concert by Ryuichi Sakamoto, a three-day Janelle Monáe residency, the premiere of a new show from John Grant, performances from Angélique Kidjo, Alison Goldfrapp and Sanam Marvi, a Patsy Cline tribute by the Richard Hawley band, and much more.

Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Factory International & Manchester International Festival John McGrath says: "From the radical and agenda setting to the purest of celebrations, MIF23’s programme covers a huge range of art forms and styles - from a ritual on the banks of a newly uncovered river, to mixed reality from one of Japan’s greatest composers, from a hunt for artworks across the city to a residency from one of American music’s most vibrant superstars. A genuine melting pot of creativity where artists share their ideas with each other and the public, the Festival will once again take the temperature of our times, and imagine possibilities for the future.

"As always MIF is rooted in its home - in the spaces and places of Greater Manchester. So at the same time as we take up residency in our flagship new venue with our centrepiece exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s incredible inflatable sculptures, the Festival will extend its reach throughout the city: finding unexpected locations to show its work in, and working with local artists and residents to perform and take part. MIF23 will be a true celebration of the city and its cultural offerings."

The multi-venue Manchester International Festival will take place from 29 June until 16 July. Visit for more information.

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