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Prospect recommends: the Manchester International Festival

By A S H Smyth  

The ITV series Moving Wallpaper/Echo Beach is clever, postmodern stuff—but is it what viewers want straight after Coronation Street?

The programme at the second Manchester International Festival is so remarkable—Steve Reich, Kraftwerk, Zaha Hadid, and Marina Abramovic on just the first two days—that director Alex Poots has surely made a pact with the devil. The festival has gathered its all-star cast by commissioning only new work (a rarity in this world of artistic regurgitation) and by targeting artists with the power to lend cultural capital to a city still undergoing regeneration.…

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