Festival in My House

Do you live in Greater Manchester? Festival in My House (FiMH) offers you the chance to host a micro-international Festival in your own home.

It’s simple: you come up with the idea and we’ll help you make it happen with a budget of £1,500. You don’t have to have experience creating this type of event before – we’re with you every step of the way.

What are we looking for?

  • Original ideas with a big ambition on an intimate scale that allow you to try something new
  • Ideas that embrace the adventurous spirit of Manchester International Festival
  • Ideas with an international link, large or small
  • Ideas that help you build skills in a particular area

Music, dance, drama or visual art, there’s really no limit except your imagination. Once submitted, your idea will be selected against the above criteria by a panel of former Festival in My House hosts and the MIF team.

HOW TO APPLY: Please download and complete the application form and email it to Rizwan Iqbal, MIF’s Community Producer at rizwan.iqbal@mif.co.uk by Monday 30 April 2018.

Download Festival in My House application form here

Need further inspiration? Festival in My House launched as a pilot in late 2016 and saw 10 amazing events take place across Manchester in 2017, which you can take a look at below or listen to the My House documentary, produced by Nija Dalal-Small & Geoff Bird, here.

This round of FiMH we’re only accepting applications from Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Applications for FiMH in Manchester will open on 31 March 2018.

This is primarily an opportunity for people who have never created an event like this before. If you’re an artist or producer you are still welcome to apply but we would encourage you to do this in partnership with someone new to creating work across any art form.

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


Get involved

Every year thousands of people take part in Manchester International Festival – as volunteers and participants in shows, skills development workshops, creative activities or even as planners of their own micro-international Festivals for their friends and neighbors.

This year we’ve launched My Festival, a new creative community for MIF and a way of keeping up to date with (and helping shape) what MIF is doing locally. It’s a way of connecting with MIF, and all of our brilliant local contributors, year-round.

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