Re:Creating Europe & MIF LIVE | Weds/Thurs/Fri weekly | Via Official MIF Youtube Channel

Manchester International Festival’s free online programme continues this Friday at 8pm with an airing of Re:Creating Europe, a star-studded performance captured during 2019’s event and helmed by theatre director Ivo van Hove. Introduced with a bespoke video piece recorded specifically for this streamed session by author and poet Michael Morpurgo, this story weaves together a selection of words from artists, creatives and political thinkers which explore the essence of Europe and features a cast that boasts Christopher Eccleston, Lemn Sissay and Juliet Stevenson.

In addition, MIF has also put together a series of free streams, discussions and archive recordings to be enjoyed online during lockdown. Every week, you can catch the following…

Wednesdays 7:30pm – Festival In My House.. And Yours
Inspired by the event’s long-running ‘Festival In My House’ series – Manchester artists are invited to create and present their own micro-international festival in their homes.

Thursdays 12:30pm – MIF Encounters
Sadly not in the flesh but festival artists are brought into our homes via digital talks and archive discussions. Past talks have included Neneh Cherry.

Fridays 7:30pm – MIF Rewind
Turning back the clock, MIF will be streaming events from previous festivals – in full and for free for you to enjoy for a whole 24 hours. Concerts recently streamed have included New Order’s collaboration with artist Liam Gillick from MIF17.

All of these features are free to access through the MIF official Youtube Channel. Events are usually announced on Tuesdays so keep your eyes peeled on their socials to see who’s up next. Keep up to date by following MIF’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.

Sofar Sounds – Keep Listening | Everyday | 8pm | Via Sofar Sounds official Youtube channel

Sofar Sounds – a global community of music lovers famed for their intimate performances in unique locations – have put together something special they call Keep Listening. It’s an online music space for viewers to enjoy performances live from artist’s living rooms to our very own. Still keeping that intimate feel – you can catch these streams over on Sofar Sounds official Youtube Channel at 8pm every evening. This week features the following:

Mon 27 – Calvin Arsenia
Tues 28 – Marta Del Grandi
Wed 29 – Nathan Ball

Royal Albert Home – KT Tunstall | Thu 30 April | 8.15pm | Via Royal Albert Hall website

For the last 150 years, the legendary Royal Albert Hall has existed to entertain and inspire the public – and lockdown isn’t stopping them from doing this. Presenting their feature Royal Albert Home which brings exclusive sets from artist’s homes to our screens. This Thursday 30 April features a session with singer-songwriter KT Tunstall. You can find this over at the Royal Albert Hall official website beginning at 8:15pm after the nationwide #ClapForOurCarers. You can also find the programme for future events here. These streams are all free to view.

XS Manchester Presents Lockdown Live | Wed-Sat | 7pm | Via Beat Stream Box Office

Manchester’s indie station XS Manchester has put together a series of live streamed sessions with bands they’re calling Lockdown Live. Over the last week, they’ve had performances from The K’s, The Sherlocks, Saytr Play and Sauce. To view via Beat Stream Box Office, tickets have been £3 with all proceeds going straight to Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity. Sets took place from Wednesday-Saturday last week at 7pm – so make sure you keep an eye on the XS Manchester socials, particularly their Facebook page for the next instalment.

Cat Allan
Published on:
Mon 27 Apr 2020