Manchester International Festival begins with huge inflatable balloon installation at brand new venue Aviva Studios

Manchester’s iconic arts and culture festival has begun and we headed down to the city’s landmark new venue Aviva Studios to get a sneak peak at the artwork before it opens to the public.

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Manchester International Festival has begun today (July 29) and will be showcasing art, theatre, music and more at venues across the city for the next couple of weeks.

From June 29 to July 16, the festival will celebrate groundbreaking work from new artists worldwide and Manchester's landmark new events space Aviva Studios - home of Factory International - will create a global destination for arts, music and culture at the heart of our city.

We went down on opening day for a sneak preview of some of the work on display over the next few weeks.

The exhibition we were able to preview was Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's larger-than-life exhibition: 'You, Me and the balloons', which was an extraordinary display of inflatables and colour inside the Warehouse space in Aviva Studios.

You can find more information about the upcoming Manchester International Festival events all over the city - both free and paid for - here.