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Manchester International Festival, Poet turned novelist Kenneth Steven, Museum of the Year nominee Hepworth Wakefield

Manchester International Festival launch with Jeremy Deller; A Man Called Ove film review; poet turned novelist Kenneth Steven; Museum of the Year nominee Hepworth Wakefield.

For the first time the opening event of the Manchester International Festival isn't a big show or concert, instead it's a large-scale public event, What Is The City But The People, starring Mancunians. We hear from some of those selected to represent their city, and Jeremy Deller, the artist behind the commission, discusses making art for the public with the public.

A Man Called Ove was a surprise international bestseller in 2014. The book, which depicts the effect of new neighbours on a grumpy middle aged man called Ove, has now been made into a film in the book's original language, Swedish. Briony Hanson reviews.

In 2015 Kenneth Steven, a poet known for writing about the wilds of Scotland and the distant past, started writing a novel set five years hence. His story revolves around terrorist atrocity, retaliation from the far right and a fractured society. He talks to Samira Ahmed about his prescient book, called 2020.

The Art Fund Museum of the Year is the world's biggest museum prize and back in April we revealed the finalists in a special programme from The British Museum. The overall winner will be announced next Wednesday but on the run up to the ceremony Front Row will be looking at each of the five shortlisted finalists. Tonight, photographer Martin Parr and art collector Tim Sayer share their appreciation for The Hepworth Wakefield.

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30 minutes


  • Manchester International Festival

    Duration: 09:34

  • Swedish film A Man Called Ove

    Duration: 05:00

  • Kenneth Steven

    Duration: 07:48

  • Museum of the Year nominee Hepworth Wakefield

    Duration: 04:46

Manchester International Festival

Manchester International Festival

Jeremy Deller's What is the City but the People opens the Manchester International Festival 2017, which  runs until 16 July 2017.


Main image above: Jeremy Deller

Image credit: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Image to the left: Preparing the runway in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, for Jeremy Deller's What is the City but the People

A Man called Ove

A Man called Ove

A Man Called Ove opens in UK cinemas on 30 June 2017, certificate 15.

Image: Rolf Lassgard as Ove in A Man Called Ove.


Poet turned novelist Kenneth Steven

Poet turned novelist Kenneth Steven

Kenneth Steven's book, 2020 is out now in paperback.

Image: Kenneth Steven

Image credit: Kristina Hayward

Museum of the Year nominee Hepworth Wakefield

Museum of the Year nominee Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield is one of the 5 finalists for the Art Fund's Museum of the Year 2017 award.  The winner will be announced on 5 Jul 2017 at the British Museum, London.

The other nominees are: The Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham; The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Newmarket; Sir John Soane's Museum, London; and Tate Modern, London.

Image: The Hepworth Wakefield building

Image credit: Hufton + Crow


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Jeremy Deller
Interviewed Guest Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest Kenneth Steven
Interviewed Guest Martin Parr
Interviewed Guest Tim Sayer




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