29 June – 16 July 2017

Be part of an MIF show

Since 2009, MIF has invited leading artists to create ambitious new work in partnership with the people of Greater Manchester. We’re currently looking for people to take part in three major MIF17 projects, each one created especially for us by some of the world’s leading artists:


What Is the City but the People?
We’re looking for hundreds of people to participate in the big free opening event for MIF17. Taking place on 29 June, What Is the City but the People? will be a vibrant self-portrait of Manchester, featuring local residents of all ages, backgrounds and parts of the city. You’ll have a chance to share your story with the people of Manchester as you walk along a runway stretching more than 100 metres through Piccadilly Gardens. To find out more, and to join us at a special introductory event on Sat 1 April, email whatisthecity@mif.co.uk.


Fatherland 
We’re looking for men aged 18+ to join the Chorus of Others in Fatherland, an ambitious new show about modern-day fatherhood. You’ll work with a vocal coach and two of the show’s co-creators, Karl Hyde from Underworld and Scott Graham from Frantic Assembly, before performing in the show at the Royal Exchange Theatre. You don’t need to read music or have any singing experience – just come and let your voice be heard. Sign up online for an introductory workshop on Sat 29 April or Sun 30 April, where you’ll meet the team, take part in group vocal work and learn more about the production.


Party Skills for the End of the World
Nigel Barrett
and Louise Mari of the acclaimed Shunt Collective are on the hunt for a team of people to help them teach people the essential skills we’ll all need to survive an apocalypse or enhance a party. No experience necessary! To find out more and register your interest in helping us to prepare for the end of the world, get in touch at myfestival@mif.co.uk.


We’re also working closely with local participants from across the city on three other MIF17 commissions:


Ceremony sees Turner Prize-nominated artist Phil Collins returning Engels to the city where he made his name – in the form of a Soviet-era statue, collected from Russia, driven across Europe and permanently installed in the centre of the city. Performers, musicians and the people of Manchester will create an extraordinary live film to bring MIF17 to a close.


Manchester Street Poem, co-created by Underworld and individuals with personal experience of homelessness, will spotlight the stories of those who find themselves homeless in the city. Find out more at mcrstreetpoem.com.


ToGather is a timely, poetic work by Susan Hefuna that addresses some of the most potent issues of our time: migration, movement and sensations of separation. The focal point will be a free event in Whitworth Park featuring local residents, originally from as far afield as Iran and Sierra Leone, alongside dancers from Company Wayne McGregor.