29 June – 16 July 2017

Take part

Since 2009, MIF has invited leading artists to create ambitious new work in partnership with the people of Greater Manchester. Our unforgettable projects have included:

  • FlexN Manchester, which brought together local street dancers with a team of flex dancers from Brooklyn
  • Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir, a multi-faith group drawn from across the city that launched by premiering a brand new work by Sir John Tavener
  • That Day We Sang, for which Victoria Wood brought together a choir of children from schools in north Manchester

MIF17 will be no different. We’ll soon be revealing full details of how you can get involved in What Is the City but the People?, a major new project devised by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. Then in the spring, we’ll be launching a series of major MIF17 commissions in which you’ll be able to take part – and members of My Festival will be the first to find out how. Sign up here.

Previous Festivals
We’ve paired artists with the Manchester public to create new work for the last four Festivals. These projects were previously known as MIF Creative – and you can find out more about them below:


  • FlexN Manchester Street dance from New York and the North West
  • Neck of the Woods The return of the Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir
  • The Tale of Mr Tumble Starring a choir of local kids from across the city


  • The Biospheric Project An ambitious agricultural space in the heart of Salford
  • Once Upon a Story Brilliant kids’ theatre performed in the city’s schools
  • Sacred Sounds Women’s Choir A new multi-faith choir for Manchester


  • Music Boxes New musical experiences for the under-7s
  • Sacred Sites MIF travels to houses of worship across the city
  • That Day We Sang Featuring a choir of schoolchildren from north Manchester
  • Vertical Farm Pioneering urban agriculture in Wythenshawe


  • Amadou & Mariam and the Beating Wing Orchestra Starring musicians from refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds
  • The Difference Engine Site-specific theatre for kids in a unique location
  • Procession A unique self-portrait of the city devised by Jeremy Deller
  • Something in the Air A multi-sensory show for young people with complex disabilities or ASD