From an online Queer literary festival, to a cook-along party and a club night for the living room, our new commission series Festival in My House…and Yours has seen Greater Manchester artists create an array of online experiences over the past few weeks as they re-imagine the popular micro-festival series for the lockdown. All streamed via MIF LIVE, we’ve compiled a handy round-up of those still coming up or available to watch online.


Kiki in Our House, Wednesday 20 May 7.30pm

House of Noir are the rising stars of vogue and ballroom culture in Manchester, equally at home in the nightclub and on the runway. And now, especially for MIF Live, the collective are creating a one-off quarantine kiki – a super-relaxed, youth-led, politically-driven voguing ball-from-home with the theme ‘All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go’, featuring dazzling live appearances by some of the city’s leading QTIPOC performers (queer, transgender and intersex people of colour).

The Other ‘P’ Word Wednesday 27 May at 7.30pm

Every day at 2.30pm, acclaimed Manchester-based poet Hafsah Aneela Bashir connects with the world with a live reading on Instagram sharing poetry and short stories. Now, especially for MIF Live, she’s joining forces with Kansas-based poet Aisha Sharif for a transatlantic reading and conversation covering poetry, panaceas, power and the pandemic, over here and over there.

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When Chanje Kunda realised that the everyday angst she felt when going to the shops to buy toilet paper was now an international crisis, the result was a singular spoof show exploring all things toilet paper, and the first-ever all-digital, online-only Festival in My House… And Yours.

This online literary festival brought together six of the best queer writers in Manchester, working across all forms from poetry to performance and from fiction to theatre. Teaming up in pairs across the course of the evening, they included poets Frankie Blaus and Roma Havers, writer-performers Mandla Rae and Ella Otomewo, and novelists Okechukwu Nzelu and Rosie Garland.

A Festival friend since her starring role in FlexN Manchester at MIF15, dancer-choreographer Yandass Ndlovu invited you to join her and collaborator Sam Arbor for a celebration of homegrown Manchester dance culture. From electronic beats crafted in Salford bedrooms to contemporary vibes smashed together in Bury, WOZA! is a dance journey that takes you across the city’s music scene – all from within Yandass’s living room.

With the creative community seriously affected by the Covid-19 crisis, MIF has been supporting artists and creative practitioners based in Greater Manchester to make work during the lockdown. Following a recent call out, 35 artists and creative practitioners out of around 150 have been selected to develop a variety of projects during the lockdown. Follow us on Twitter to find out more.

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