New: The first MIF21 event announced - The Walk. At the heart of The Walk is Little Amal, a young refugee, who will embark on a remarkable journey that will reach its powerful conclusion in Manchester on the first weekend of the Festival. Continue to explore the Virtual Factory, our new series which launched with Your Progress Will Be Saved, an online experience created by avatar artist LaTurbo Avedon.



Viewpoints is designed to encourage debate and insight into the themes and work featured in the festival. From interviews, articles to podcasts and immersive content, you can browse via watch, listen, immerse or read. Find out more about our latest online experience

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Thousands of people take part in each Manchester International Festival – as volunteers, as participants in shows, in skills development workshops and creative activities, or even as planners of their own micro-festival. Click through to find out more about our opportunities for Greater Manchester residents.

The Factory

The Factory is a world-class cultural space currently being built in the heart of Manchester. Building on the success of MIF, it will commission and present the world’s most exciting artists, attracting up to 850,000 visitors a year. We've just launched Factory Futures, a scheme to help young people learn key skills through free work experience programmes, traineeships and paid internships.

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