29 June – 16 July 2017

Festival in My House

Festival in My House offers you the chance to present your very own micro-international festival in your own home. It’s that simple: you come up with the idea, and we’ll help you make it happen.

We’re looking for:

  • Ideas with big ambition – but on an intimate scale
  • Ideas that embrace the adventurous spirit of MIF
  • Ideas with an international angle, large or small
  • Ideas that will leave a lasting impression on everyone who takes part

Music or dance, drama or art: there’s really no limit except the scope of your imagination. On this page, you can watch highlights of the festivals we’ve presented so far – and discover how you can submit your own idea to stage a festival in your house…

We’ve so far hosted three Festivals in My House:

  • M8 Festival, a cross-cultural celebration of music, food and dance, was presented by Yatie Aziz for her friends and neighbours in Cheetham Hill
  • Mehndi Festival, presented by Nija Dalal-Small from Levenshulme, saw Manchester-based visual artists from different disciplines reinterpreting and reimagining the mehndi hand decoration tradition
  • New Islington Sessions, presented by Leo Mercer from New Islington, featured three unique collaborations between the string quartet echo chamber and Manchester-based vocalists and DJs

Watch highlights from the first Festival in My House – the M8 Festival, presented by Cheetham Hill resident Yatie Aziz.

If you’d like to bring MIF to your house or flat, there are two ways to send us your idea:

  • Create a home video of no longer than three minutes explaining your idea (using your mobile phone is fine), or
  • Explain your idea in an email (maximum 200 words)

Send your ideas to myfestival@mif.co.uk, and make sure you include your name, postcode, age, email address and contact number. We’ll be reviewing your submissions every month, and we’re aiming to support up to 10 micro-Festivals between now and the start of MIF17 on 29 June 2017.

Watch highlights from the second Festival in My House – the Mehndi Festival, presented by Levenshulme resident Nija Dalal-Small.

What ideas are eligible?

  • Your festival must take place within a house, flat or other residential space in the metropolitan borough of Manchester (we hope to expand the project across Greater Manchester in the future)
  • It must involve the arts
  • It must involve an artist, or a group of artists, experts or highly skilled professionals
  • Your festival may be as long or as short as you like, as long as it can be presented within the budget of £1,500
  • Under-18s will need consent and involvement from a parent or guardian
  • All participants must agree to be filmed and photographed, and to participate in a post-festival evaluation

What happens next?

  • We’ll send regular announcements to let you know which applications have been selected
  • If your idea is chosen, we’ll connect you with an MIF producer, who will help you to present the best possible event
  • We’ll allocate a budget of £1,500 to your festival, and will help you to identify and manage all the costs associated with bringing your idea to life.

Questions? Please email myfestival@mif.co.uk for more information.

Festival in My House is part of My Festival, supported by the Baring Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.