Snapshot of Manchester's 2017 festival

David Upton

Manchester International Festival’s new artistic director John McGrath has offered a snapshot of his first programme, running from June 29 to July 16 next year.

Artists—including Boris Charmatz, Yael Bartana, Vicky Featherstone, Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens and Jeremy Deller—will engage with contemporary stories.

Following his appointment last year, McGrath has brought together international artists from the worlds of visual art, dance, theatre and music.

The full line-up will be announced in March.

The first four Festival commissions run from the global—Yael Bartana’s upending of Dr Strangelove’s phallocentric worldview—to the local, with What Is the City but the People?, a uniquely Mancunian self-portrait.

The Festival reaffirms its European connections with new work by Boris Charmatz, and looks deep in to the heart of the men of England with Fatherland.