Just one month to go until Manchester International Festival opens with Yoko Ono’s Bells for Peace

The world renowned and respected artist's major work will kick of the festival in style.

By Ben Brown | Last updated 4 June 2019

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Manchester International Festival (MIF) returns to the city in exactly one month, opening on Thursday 4th July in Cathedral Gardens with Yoko Ono’s incredible world première – ‘Bells for Peace’.

Yoko’s vision is for thousands of voices and an orchestra of bells to come together to ring and sing out for peace in Cathedral Gardens – and you’re invited to be part of it!

‘Come and send a message of peace to the world. The beauty of this piece will break the sky and more. Ring for peace! PEACE is POWER! I love you all.’ – Yoko Ono

Be part of this totally free event, ring out for peace and welcome the world to Manchester – kicking off MIF19 in celebratory style.


MIF will be bringing 18 extraordinary days of world premières and special events at venues all over the city, including:

An electrifying theatrical journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa created by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah – with the audience at the centre of the action. (4–13 July, Upper Campfield Market Hall)


A spellbinding mix of theatre, choreography, music, architectural design and projection mapping from an all-star international creative team. (5–14 July, Mayfield)


One of just three UK dates in 2019 from the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and spectacular live performer – and with limited tickets available, book now to avoid disappoinment. (4 July, Castlefield Bowl)


For a list of all the MIF events, head on over to their website for the full listings.


Yoko Ono’s Bells for Peace
Launching Manchester International Festival ’19

Venue: Cathedral Gardens
Date: Thursday 4th July
Time: 6pm
Cost: FREE

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