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Manchester International Festival 2015

The Manchester International Festival returns to Manchester this year with a wealth of original art and exciting events for all of the family to enjoy.

Now in its 5th year, the Manchester International Festival is a biennial event that transforms the city into a festival zone featuring live music, art, dance, drama and comedy from 2nd July to 19th July.

Damon Albarn, lead vocalist of the ‘90s rock band Blur, returns to the festival this year with his new musical wonder.land, from July 2nd – 12th. Wonder.land is an alternative adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and follows the young protagonist, Aly as she flees down the rabbit hole in a bid to escape bullying and an unhappy home life. Albarn has teamed up once again with the acclaimed National Theatre Director Rufus Norris on the production, after the hugely successful opera Dr Dee at the Manchester International Festival 2013.

Running almost parallel to wonder.land is the Tree of Codes, a contemporary ballet inspired by the book of the same name by Jonathon Safran Foer, and is created by choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson and producer and composer Jamie xx. Tickets for the Tree of Codes range from £12-£45 and the ballet runs from July 2nd – 10th.

There will also be a special event to keep the children entertained. The Tale of Mr Tumble has been created by Justin Fletcher to entertain children and adults alike, and offers the opportunity for audiences to follow Mr Tumble as he tells his extraordinary life story.