Manchester City is proud to announce it is sponsoring the Manchester International Festival (MIF).
Running until 16 July at venues across the city, MIF showcases musicians, actors, dancers and artists, with the likes of Bonobo, Clark and New Order amongst this year's highlights.
As part of the collaboration Man City Women skipper Steph Houghton took part in a photoshoot near Castlefield Bowl, which will host Canadian band Arcade Fire on 6 July.
“Manchester’s rich cultural heritage is world renowned,” said Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing Officer for City Football Group.
“It’s in the very fabric of the City and the people who call it home.
“As a club, Manchester City has always strived to embrace and celebrate the cultural events which shape our identity and make Manchester so special.
“Manchester International Festival embodies that spirit and shines a light on the creative energy of the region’s blossoming cultural scene which continues to define the City.
“We look forward to working together on a range of projects, both now and in the future.”
First launched a decade ago and staged every two years, the festival has returned bigger and better for its sixth instalment.
City in the Community also provided rehearsal space within City Football Academy for the Fatherland show, comprised of local residents and City fans in the choir, while Cityzens will have the chance to win tickets for this year’s blockbuster festival.
“I am delighted that Manchester City Football Club is a Silver Supporter of this year's Manchester International Festival,” added John McGrath, MIF Artistic Director & CEO.
“From the US to China, in our different fields, our two organisations are showing the world that Manchester is where talent grows and thrives, where excellence is celebrated and supported, and where flashes of brilliance can happen at any moment.
“We look forward to a long, strong association with Manchester City, as Manchester's place in the world grows ever more confident.”
More information on this year’s Manchester International Festival can be found on www.mif.co.uk.