Manchester International Festival reveals its 2017 programme

Running from 29 June to 16 July 2017, Manchester International Festival will be inviting 30 of the world's artists to produce their work, and from it "a picture of the world emerges".

Highlights include:

'What Is the City but the People?' by the people of Manchester (directed by Richard Gregory, idea by Jeremy Deller, in association with islington Mill) – the festival opens in Piccadilly Gardens with a selection of Manchester residents walking a runway through 100 metres of the park accompanied by live music from Graham Massey assisted by a mix of local musicians - a self-portrait of the city. More here

'What if Women Ruled the World?' by Yael Bartana  – a 'war room' containing 11 women presents the opposite of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove, with a professional cast joined on stage by a different panel of female experts (scientists, politicians, activists and more) every night to solve a global emergency. More here.

ToGather by Susan Hefuna – Focusing on migration, movement and sensations of separation, one part of ToGather is a free public event that traces the movements of local residents from places as diverse as Iran and Sierra Leone, echoed by Company Wayne McGregor dancers, in Whitworth Park inspired by emotions of migrants in new hometowns. An exhibition at the Whitworth and parts of the park will evoke a 'mental map' with visual arts and digital work on gathering and togetherness. More here.

Ceremony by Phil Collins – A world premiere, Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins brings a statue of philosopher and writer Friedrich Engels from Russia to the city of Manchester. This closing performance will create a live film mixing footage from the statue's journey with live coverage of its inauguration including scoring and music by Mica Levi and Demdike Stare, a new anthem by Gruff Rhys, and stories of today's Manchester workers. This reflection no the conditions of contemporary workers and the 100 years since The Communist Manifesto was crafted is part of 14-18 NOW. More here.

There will be plenty of live music with performances by Arcade Fire, Sampha, Bonobo, Ride, The Haxan Cloak and SUNN O))) as well as specially curated sets by John Robb, Holly Herndon, and at the Pavillion Theatre stage, among others.

Find out more about the full MIF2017 programme.

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