29 June – 16 July 2017

Festival in My House

We’re launching a number of major new projects for MIF17 – such as What Is the City but the People?, a huge public event in Piccadilly Gardens starring the people of Manchester. But one of our other big new projects is on a rather more intimate scale…

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.

The second Festival in My House

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

Check back soon for news of future Festivals…

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. We’re expecting to receive plenty of interest, so the earlier you submit your idea, the more chance you have of being selected.

Which 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.

Two local residents worked with MIF to present two pilot Festivals in My House at the end of 2016:

  • 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

Check back soon for full reports from both festivals – and details of more Festivals in My House as and when they happen.

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.


The first Festival in My House

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

Check back soon for news of future Festivals…