The International Anthony Burgess Foundation

What’s on

Click on dates in the calendar to find out about events and activities at the Engine House; details of each event are listed underneath.

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New Music Forum: ~exchangeSunday, February 7th, 2016, 3:00 pm | FREE

New music forum ~exchange returns with a second edition focusing on instrumental works extending into other realms - live video, live drawing, electronics & dance all feature, including works by Mark Dyer, Ditmanson/Osborn, Mauricio Pauly, & the Vonnegut Collective joined by Animikii Theatre. Forum discussions/workshops run from 3pm, with performances from 6.30pm. No signup needed. More info.

Crystallize Theatre: MEDEAFriday, February 19th, 2016, 7:30 pm | £15 / £11.50 concs

For two nights only, Crystallize Theatre present their latest production for 2016: MEDEA. Based on the classic Greek tragedy, this modern re-telling of the story will have you on the edge of your seat. Centred on a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband, go with Medea on her murderous journey. "And for thee, who didst me all that evil, I prophesy an evil doom...". Buy now.

Crystallize Theatre: MEDEASaturday, February 20th, 2016, 7:30 pm | £15 / £11.50 concs

For two nights only, Crystallize Theatre present their latest production for 2016: MEDEA. Based on the classic Greek tragedy, this modern re-telling of the story will have you on the edge of your seat. Centred on a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband, go with Medea on her murderous journey. "And for thee, who didst me all that evil, I prophesy an evil doom...". Buy now.

Literature Live: Louise O’NeillMonday, February 22nd, 2016, 6:30 pm | £10 / £8

The latest event in the Literature Liveseries features Jeanette Winterson, who is joined by award winning author Louise O’Neill described by The Guardian as ‘the best Young Adult fiction writer alive today’. Her first novel Only Ever Yours, was published in 2014 by Quercus. Louise went on to win the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards; the Children’s Books Ireland Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children’s Book; and The Bookseller‘s inaugural YA Book Prize 2015. The runaway success of her debut, originally published as a novel for Young Adults, meant Quercus issued an adult edition in 2015. Louise’s second novel, Asking For It, was published in September 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. She has since won the Specsaver’s Senior Children’s Book of the Year at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, the Literature Prize at Irish Tatler’s Women of the Year Awards, and Best Author at Stellar magazine’s Shine Awards. Cash only for sales on the door. Buy tickets.

Kinofilm FestivalTuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 6:00 pm | Prices TBA

2016 sees the 13th Edition of Kinofilm - Manchester’s International Short Film Festival, and a series of screenings will be hosted at the Foundation on the 23rd, 24th and 28th February. Expect a fantastic range of awarding winning short films and animations from UK and international filmmakers, plus talks from visiting directors and speakers. Full programme will be announced soon. More info.

Hey! Manchester presents GrandbrothersSaturday, February 27th, 2016, 7:30 pm | £7 adv / £9 otd

Following the release of their acclaimed debut album Dilation earlier this year, Grandbrothers are set to hit the road in February 2016, for their first major headlining tour. Grandbrothers are Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. Together, they combine classical composition with modern, experimental production and sound design. Their debut album Dilation was recorded using a grand piano and a series of self-built electromechanical hammers, which were triggered to ‘play’ the piano, creating new and previously undiscovered sounds. Surprisingly, there are no synthesisers on Dilation: everything comes from the grand piano. Grandbrothers’ one-of-a-kind live show replicates the process by which the duo made Dilation. Their unconventional live setup lends itself to spontaneity: it’s like witnessing open-heart surgery on the grand piano, where no two performances are the same. Meanwhile, the influence of techno and club music on their sound becomes amplified during performance, with exhilarating and often unpredictable results. Buy Now.

Japan Now: Takashi Hiraide and Kyoko YoshidaMonday, February 29th, 2016, 7:00 pm | FREE

Join us for an evening in conversation with Takashi Hiraide and Kyoko Yoshida, two authors whose work exemplifies the genre-bending ambition of contemporary Japanese literature. Takashi Hiraide’s The Guest Cat - a New York Times bestseller – is a precisely focused novel where a married couple’s life is revitalized by the arrival of a stray cat into their home. By contrast, Kyoko Yoshida’s story collection Disorientalism absorbs diverse cultural references to presents a distorted and dystopian vision of the country. The authors will discuss their writing and contemporary Japan before taking questions from the audience, followed by a book signing. Presented by Modern Culture and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in partnership with the Japan Foundation. Supported by Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Free entry. Sign up now.