29 June – 16 July 2017

Creative development

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.

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 creativelearning@mif.co.uk.

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 creativelearning@mif.co.uk.