Skepta to debut Dystopia987 at Manchester International Festival, Idris Elba, Yoko Ono also slated to perform
Manchester International Festival’s 2019 installment has stockpiled some truly multifarious talent.
The two-week-long affair kicking off next July touts vastly venerated headliners like BRIT Award nominee, Skepta, who will be bringing his equally retrospective and forward-facing Dystopia987 to a still-secret location. Skepta himself describes Dystopia987, which aims to predict how rave culture’s spirited past will shape the movement in coming years, as a bit of “real-life magic.”
The enduringly iconic Yoko Ono will also be bringing her harmony-seeking Bells For Peace performance to Manchester, which will serve as the festival’s opening event. Soon after, Actor/DJ-producer extraordinaire, Idris Elba, will be unveiling the synergistic debut of TREE, a theatrical venture centered around Elba’s Mi Mandela album. The album was transposed for its new medium by the new director of London-based Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah.
“Kwame and I have both had a strong desire to work with each other for a long time now, we’ve known each other since we were in our very early twenties and have talked about the kernel of an idea for this show for a while,” said Elba of the collaborative undertaking. “Our joint ambition being to make a piece of work inspired by South Africa, using the album Mi Mandela as a starting point.”
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