It Felt Like a Kiss - a look at fallout from the 'American Dream'

Posted: 24th March 2009

The Manchester International Music Festival, of which the full programme was announced last week, has added the exhibition 'It Felt Like A Kiss' to its line-up. IFLAK looks at the unforeseen impact of American culture and music on the rest of the world.

Starting in 1959, the 'It Felt Like A Kiss' follows the inspirational American dream through the 1960s as the globe looked towards the USA for stimulation and encouragement. The walk-through exhibition unfolds over five floors of a disused building, merging music and documentary with haunting subject matter, where the visitor is faced with the unexpected and dark reality of these influences on the rest of the world.

The music has been composed by Damon Albarn, who has been involved in the festival since 2007 when he composed music for 'Monkey: Journey To The West'', the Chinese Opera that toured the UK in 2008.

The exhibition will run from Thursday 2nd July - Sunday 19th July inclusive, in Hardman Square. Bookings are for a specific time-slot, which is between 17:00 and 21:00 Mon-Fri, 16:00 - 23:00 on Saturday and 14:00 - 21:00 on Sunday. It is recommended to arrive 20 minutes before, to ensure you place as latecomers will not be allowed to enter.

Tickets cost £25 per adult, and are available now.

Kim Sklinar