From schools workshops via community activities through to valuable bursaries for aspiring arts professionals, My Festival will be supporting creative development across the city in countless ways – before, during and after MIF17. We’ll be posting details of all our initiatives on these pages, so check back regularly for updates.

HOME1947 Film & Photography Competition

We’re inviting you to respond to the themes of HOME1947 by creating a photograph or short film exploring what the word ‘home’ means to you.

This a brand new immersive installation from two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, uses interactive mixed-media to reflect on the experiences of people who left their homes during the Partition of British India in 1947, the largest mass migration ever witnessed. The winning entries of the Film & Photography Competition will be showcased alongside the world premiere of HOME1947 during MIF17.

Your entry may focus on stories, memories, emotions, journeys, traditions or objects that resonate with the idea of home, perhaps following themes of migration, conflict and loss relating to the same concept.

For more information and detailed entry guidelines please go to
The submission deadline is midnight on Wed 31 May 2017.


We’re looking for 50 aspiring and emerging artists and creatives from across Greater Manchester to join us in a three-month programme of digital experimentation in the run-up to MIF17 (29 June – 16 July).
You’ll join leading digital practitioners and creative producers for two weekend labs, where you’ll develop new skills and join a community of makers from across the city. You’ll also have a chance to develop your own creative responses to the MIF17 programme, which will be featured online.

Interested? Please download the Creative50 brief to learn more. Applications close at 5pm on Wed 3 May.
Creative50 brief

Choreographers in Residence

During MIF17, we’ll be presenting public workshops, masterclasses, open rehearsals and talks from five leading international companies, choreographers and movement practitioners: Boris Charmatz (10000 Gestures), the Lucinda Childs Company (Available Light), Company Wayne McGregor (ToGather), Frantic Assembly (Fatherland) and Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray (FlexN Manchester). Sign up to My Festival to find out how you can get involved.

Jerwood Creative Fellows

Six Greater Manchester-based creatives have recently joined MIF’s pioneering new creative development programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Between now and the start of MIF17, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Simon Bray, Chanje Kunda, Amy Lawrence, Erinma Ochu and Mahboobeh Rajabi will all learn at close quarters how our work is created, gaining great experience and learning new skills in our unique Festival environment. You’ll be able to read about their journeys to MIF17 here in the coming months.

Digital skills development

We’re currently running a series of digital skills workshops exclusively for members of My Festival, MIF’s creative community, taking in everything from Twitter and digital storytelling apps to YouTube and live-streaming. Supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence, we’ll soon be launching a new programme of creative skills workshops and laboratories for people interested in cross-collaborative practice and new digital technologies. Sign up to My Festival and be among the first to know what’s on offer.

School & college collaborations

In the two years leading up to MIF17, we’re working with no fewer than 50 schools, colleges and community groups from across Greater Manchester on creative workshops and collaborations covering projects such as Giselle, Akram Khan’s glorious contemporary ballet; The Welcoming Party, an inspiring and immersive show from Theatre-Rites; and Fatherland, a daring play about contemporary fatherhood. If you’re interested in working with us in the future, email

Placements & internships

We’re helping a range of creative students and early-career professionals to gain unique insights into how the Festival operates. The group includes two Clore Fellowships and placements from the University of Manchester, the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of SalfordManchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, along with student internships and occasional school-age placements. We’re fully booked until the end of MIF17 – but if you’d like to get involved in future Festivals, please get in touch at