With rising food prices, climate change and growing urban populations, how do we make sure we can continue to put food on our tables?
It’s a fundamental question that we ignore at our peril: for MIF13, Manchester International Festival and The Biospheric Foundation will be investigating some possible answers, creating and experimenting with sustainable food systems in a disused mill in the centre of Salford, on the banks of the river Irwell.
Festival audiences visiting the site will see it transformed from a derelict industrial site to a thriving agricultural space, with innovative growing systems all around the building. A programme of related events, including special activities and visits for schools and families, will bring the research to life, exploring how these experiments into food, technology and design can become new ways of urban living now and in the future.
This is part farm, part laboratory and part research centre, all embedded in the heart of an existing community. The Biospheric Project will help to put Greater Manchester at the forefront of this vital area of international research and activity, and will continue to flourish beyond 2013. This commission is underpinned by Vincent Walsh’s research based at the Biospheric Foundation in association with a range of organisations including MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University and Queen’s University, Belfast.
Commissioned by MIF Creative and Salford City Council.
Produced by Manchester International Festival and The Biospheric Foundation.
Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.