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SOME FREE International Festival Events

David McCourt finds a selection of gratis gratifications in MIFs-ville

Published on July 8th 2011.

SOME FREE International Festival Events

As we approach the halfway stage of the 2011 Manchester International Festival, Confidential has a roundup of everything you can still see for free, so you can make the most of MIF. 

An exciting live art exhibition comes to MIF this year at Manchester Art Gallery. 11 Rooms Group Show builds on the work that the iconoclastic Il Tempo del Postino and the epic Marina Abramovic delivered over the last two festivals. Curators Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1 and MoMA, New York) and Hans Ukrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London) bring together 11 of the most interesting artists creating ‘durational encounters which explore the ephemeral aspects of art, focusing on an idea or situation that both establishes and erases itself in the same instance, shaping an unmediated experience for the audience.’ Wow. Or maybe even, you what. Dates: Sat 9 July  2pm–5pm, Sun 10, Sun 17 July 10am–5pm, closed Mon 11 July. For more info visit www.manchestergalleries.org. 

Whitworth Art Gallery hosts the world premier of the compelling 60 minute film 1395 Days without Red is Projections: Works from The Artangel Collection. The piece is the cinematic collaboration by two acclaimed artists from the Balkans, Sejla Kameric and Anri Sala, with the music from Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique arranged and conducted by Ari Benjamin Meyers. The film and video installations depict the individual journey as a woman makes her way through ‘Sniper Alley’, during the siege of Sarajevo endured by its citizens for 1395 days between 1992 and 1996. The woman, played by Spanish actress Maribel Verdu, relives the trauma of the siege. Other shows by Francis Alys, Atom Egoyan and Catherine Yass are equally powerful but the astonishing Influence Machine from Tony Oursler is the jaw-dropper. This involves projections on trees and buildings (pictured here) in Whitworth Park involving smoke effects and lighting. It starts at 10.30pm and is an essential festival visit.Dates: Sat 2 July–Sun 17 July, Mon Sat 10am–11pm, Sun noon–5pm.For more info visit www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth 

Tracey Moberley Whitworth 017 

Taking place across Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh sites of worship across the city, Sacred Sites brings together five of the foremost international performers of scared song and recital. Developed by MIF Creative in close collaboration with faith communities across Manchester, Sacred Sites invites those of any faith or none to experience the sublime power of the human voice in a series of special performances. Performances include those by Candi Staton (Gospel), Mor Karbasi (Sephardic Jewish Hymms), Dya Singh (Shabads of Sikhism), Anuradha Paudwal (Bhajans of Hinduism) and Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali (Koran recital and Sufi poetry). Dates: Thu 7 July–Sun 10 July: Performances from 4pm–8pm depending on venue. For more info visit www.mif.co.uk 

If you are stuck for something to keep children entertained this summer then Music Boxes at The Piazza, MediaCityUK, could be ideal. Following the success of MIF’s previous work for children, the musical playground, specially designed for children aged 6 months to 7 years, will be springing up at the new home of BBC Children’s. The interactive installations will allow the very young to explore the fantasy world of sound and music, including specially adapted recording and animation studios. Dates: Sat 2–Sun 17 July, Tue – Fri 10am– noon, 12.45pm–14.45pm, Sat – Sun 9.45am–noon, 12.45pm–3pm, 3.45pm–6pm. For more info visit www.mif.co.uk 

Sited outdoors in the city centre, John Gerrard – Infinite Freedom Exercise is an ievolving hyper realistic virtual world, played out 24hours a day. The screen in Lincoln Square shows a single figure, dressed in generic army fatigues, moving continuously through a series of exercises against the backdrop of a Persian landscape. The result is a compelling and unsettling reflection on modernity, portraiture and history. Dates: Tue 5–Sun 17 July: 24hours

The prize-winning poet and novelist, Lavinia Greenlaw, enters into the crowd at Piccadilly Station to take part in an exploration of the overheard in Audio Obscura - a framed and heightened reflection of the passing world. Greenlaw, who also writes radio drama and libretti, had her fourth poetry collection, The Casual Prefect, published by Faber in September 2011. Dates: Sat 2–Sun 17, Mon – Sun 11am–7pm except Sun 17 July until 5pm

The ambitious project to create the UK’s first multi-storey Vertical Farm, located in a disused tower block, hopes to explore the solution to global populations putting ever more pressure on farmland. Part of MIF’s long-term commitment to exploring stories of our time, Dackson Despommier will work with local people to launch this three-year project aiming to find new ways to feed the world. Dates: Sun 17 July 12.30pm. For more info visit www.mif.co.uk

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Generation PopJuly 14th 2011.

The DC art exhibition launches today at Generation Pop art gallery, the Batman pieces look amazing. Although this free event is not part of the festival.

Joe DanielsJanuary 23rd 2012.


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